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An Evening In The Cob Studio.

Feb
15

My what warm weather we are having! So far, all winter long it has been pretty mild. Not a whole lot of snow and just a handful of cold snaps. I'm not complaining at all, but I'm just not so sure it's a good thing to have such strange weather. Generally, after February is when things start warming up. It's either going to be an extra early Spring, or a really late Winter. But since the weather was especially mild today, Phoenix and I decided to head out to the cob studio and get working on the flooring.

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Pocket Rocket Mods.

Jan
29

All last week I've been thinking on making some modifications to the pocket rocket. After I built it, I read that the metal bucket will burn to a crisp real quick. I read that after only two burns, the rocket could be toast. They didn't say anything about the environment in which they were using the stove, but it seems to be well known that if a fire is burning directly on sheet steel, it won't last long. So I wanted to devise a simple way to get the fire off of the bottom of the can. A quick rummage through my 'inventory', gave me some good options.

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Little Known Tidbit.

Jan
27

Well I suppose I need to fess up on a little secret I've been keeping. To speak the truth, it's not a secret at all (which is why I'm telling). Just a subject that has never came up, and there was really no reason for me to just blurt it out. But it's one of my new hobbies that I recently picked up, and have been thoroughly enjoying it ever since. A hobby that has brought me a good amount of satisfaction and peace. It's a hobby that can, and will be, taken with me when I begin homesteading. Which is why I am blogging about it.

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Pocket Rocket.

Jan
24

"Come on Little Darlin', lets go try this out!" That's what I told Phoenix when I finished building the pocket rocket. And I don't know about her, but I was stoked about stoking this little contraption. So we jammed our feet in our boots, I grabbed all the parts to the rocket, and we headed out to the cob studio. Overall, the pocket rocket was a very easy project to build and took less than a day to put it all together. It was so easy, but yet I still managed to make a mistake.

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Back To Business

Jan
16

Well, things around the house have simmered down quite a bit. The holiday haze has receded and Patricia and I are beginning to work on some new things. The festivities and the break from our labours was a nice change, but now it's time to get back into it. I don't want to get too rusty ya' know. So what's next? Before I get into that, I'll recap on where we're at right now.

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Winter, Or Just A White Summer?

Dec
22

I don't know if Winter is here or if it's just into the part of Summer that's really cold. My idea of living alongside nature and flowing with the seasonal changes is seeming quite a bit askew. In Spring I was busy with the garden, making the beds and planting. In the Summer I harvested the gardens bounty and worked on building the cob studio all the way throughout Fall. I'd say I was very busy and productive throughout the seasons. So when Winter was on our doorstep I felt I was ready for some rest and downtime just like every other living thing on earth.

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Phoenix's Yule Gift.

Nov
29

Well, well, well. What's it's been, like two weeks since my last blog? I would have like to have blogged something sooner, but we first need to do something that's worth blogging about. As far as the cob studio goes, well, there just hasn't been any progress to speak of. I hauled out a few sticks of the old flooring to prep them to be cut and installed. I leaned them against the studio and that's about as far as I got. So what's the hold up? Well, a few things actually, but I'd like to talk about one in particular.

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Prepping For Tread.

Nov
21

Apparently I must have slept through our first winter storm because everything is covered in snow. No, actually we've been having lots of scattered and sporadic snow flurries these past couple of weeks, and with the temperature staying under 0 deg.C, none of it has had a chance to melt. So the layers of snow have been stacking, and now there's plenty of snow covering the landscape. I love it!

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