LIVING OFF GRID

This blog is about our travels in our solar powered "Airstream" and living off grid, in our passive solar home, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

WE'RE STILL HERE

We're still here, haven't hibernated or flown south. Yesterday we walked the road and the sun shone on the new fallen snow; it was beautiful. As you can see Mary has been busy. These knitted booties are for Kate. The booties are lined and will be so cozy on her feet when she visits.

Of course the sewing room is in full production mode as Mary has 3 shows she is submitting small quilts for.  One show is all about reflections. Can you see that in the quilt above?

Another project is for Alaska. Mary has been partnered with Jeanette and the theme is "My Backyard" Still lots of work needed before this is ready to submit.

Food is always a high priority around here and we are trying to lose weight. These homemade mini donuts made from coconut flour and eggs (no sugar) fit our new eating style perfectly.

Daily walks through the bush or across the lake keep us active and the muscles finely tuned.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping an eye on us.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

YOU NEVER KNOW

It is quiet around here this week ............. too quiet. Owen is back in school and we are back to our winter routines: vacuuming the house, quilting, doing laundry, snowshoeing and ice-fishing. But you never know what you will see around the next bend.

Yesterday on our drive to town we came around a corner and saw a tree across the road. I figured it was knocked down by the snowplow but as we got closer I knew I was wrong.

This was the reason the tree was down and he was busy having lunch.



I thought beavers stayed indoors during the winter; guess I have a few things to learn.


Not the best picture quality as I took them off of Mary's cell phone.

Be careful out there and watch out for beavers.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

NO HEAT

Yesterday Owen and I took my truck in for a new thermostat. There was no heat in the cab and that isn't a pleasant experience this time of year.

Owen carefully inspected all the equipment and we explained how it all worked.

Owen was in there like a "dirty shirt"; didn't want to miss anything.

Owen looked after the tools while Abe worked on the truck. Owen was as good as gold and learned a lot about the garage. We will miss him when school starts next week.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 1 January 2018

NEVER TOO COLD

Having a five year old in the house means our days start early and are full. Yesterday, before 7, Owen was helping  Oma make muffins.

Once the muffins were in the oven he helped grandpa make fire-starters. We use egg cartons to hold wood chips and then pour melted wax over everything; makes great fire-starters.

Even though it was very cold out Owen bundled up and we all went outside to enjoy the snow. He loves his new sleigh and has learned to lean a way out to help steer it.

Down at the lake he decided it was a good time to sing like a bird. This went on for several minutes while we enjoyed his musical interlude.

Owen is very cautious and insisted we stay close to shore as yesterday we broke through the ice when snowshoeing on our pond. Here he and Oma check for cracks in the ice.

Always the curious one here he tries to dig out a log frozen into the ground. Remember it is -25*C out and Owen is oblivious to the cold. He would have played out there all afternoon but we knew he would get frostbite if he stayed much longer.

No idea what today's plans are; we usually just go with the flow.

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, 30 December 2017

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

When you have a five year old in the house things are constantly under construction. Owen is always building, designing, or learning about new things to do up here in the bush.


This wooden highway appeared down the hall one afternoon. Wooden blocks have been a kids toy for generations and Owen still uses them for his own creativity.

Oma gave him some large sheets of paper so he could design the tree-fort he wants grandpa to build next summer. He also made a list of who was invited in and who had to stay out ....... dogs have to stay out.

This morning he is working on his telescope for his tree-fort. Yesterday he made a pulley and a basket so he could lift things up into the tree-fort rather than try and carry them.


Owen has spent many hours keeping the fire going.

Grandpa taught him how to load the firebox first thing in the morning so the house would soon warm up. (Note Owen's yellow flashlight just above his elbow)

Safety is very important so he knows to wear leather gloves when adding wood or paper.

Now it's time to get outside and hike down to the pond. Always something new to see and learn about. He has so many questions whenever we go for a walk.

We certainly are more active when Owen is here.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

Friday, 29 December 2017

WALK ON THE LAKE

Yesterday we bundled up and took Owen down to the lake.


First he had to spend some time on our driveway enjoying his new sleigh.


He never complained about the cold or hauling his sled back up the hill.

He did enjoy the times I pulled him along the road and spun him around just for some added excitement.

There were lots of trails across the lake which made for easy walking for Owen.

Can you see his red cheeks? He didn't want to go home even though we were getting cold. He just ran and slid and jumped in the snow, just like the "Energizer" bunny.

Back home he still had energy to help us bring in some firewood.

This morning he wants to build the fire in the wood stove so we are waiting for him to wake up.

Grandchildren  make your heart sing.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

HOME WITH OWEN

Owen came home with us last night. We are delighted we can have a few days together. The snow is deep and Owen brought his toboggan so I guess we will be outside for part of the day. He also wants to build some things from wood.

Yesterday we gathered at Connie and Andrew's place in Peterborough for our family Christmas get-together.  Jamie took some excellent photos as he always does and I hope he doesn't mind me sharing a few here. They might have my name on them but that's because they were uploaded from my computer.

Mother and daughter.

Oma and Kate.

Grandpa and Owen.

We are blessed. It was so good to get together and see everyone.

Thanks again Jamie for letting me share your photos.