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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Sunday, 14 May 2017

PLAY TIME


Mommy and Oma needed some quiet time so I took Owen over to the park.


Owen headed right for the climbers; no fear of heights. I think he takes after his Uncle Sean.
I asked Owen why all the pots and lids were stuck to the school fence. He had to demonstrate how they use them to create different sounds and make a band ........... how cool is that????

Once home it was a kiss from mommy and ice-cream from Bouly-Ds

No better way to celebrate Mothers Day.

Happy Mothers Day!!!! to all the wonderful mothers who keep an eye on our blog.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

MOTHERS DAY

We are down visiting the kids this weekend, celebrating Mothers Day. Kate loves to have her picture taken by Grandpa.

Sean and Owen making slime from glue, shaving cream and contact cleaner.

Owen selected red food colouring for the slime.

Kate isn't into slime yet but she loves having play time with Oma.

Thanks Mom for all those special times.


Friday, 12 May 2017

PIZZA DAY

Today we made ten homemade pizzas; every one delicious.

The dough is made the night before and then shaped into a pie before going into the oven. For the initial bake it's just the crust and tomato sauce for three minutes.

Once cooled we added the ingredients of our choice then back into the oven for another six minutes. When done you have the perfect size personal pizza which is as good or better tasting than ones from the local pizza shop.

Perfecting the art of pizza making comes from doing and following the recipe exactly. This is the book Mary uses and it hasn't disappointed yet.

Now it's time to deliver supper to our friends.

Thanks for stopping by, sorry we couldn't send you a pie.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

OWEN'S QUILT

Mary never stops; if she isn't working in her garden she's at her sewing machine. This is her latest quilt; she calls it "I SPY" for Owen.

The back looks just as appealing as the top. Either side would look good on his bed. Soon Kate will be asking for her quilt.

Mary isn't the only busy one. This porcupine has been enjoying the raspberry canes on our property. Wouldn't want to mess with him in the dark.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping an eye on us.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

IT'S THE WRONG SEASON

Our view this morning. Doesn't look much like May 8th. Last year we had black flies and hot weather by now. Hopefully this is the last we will see until December.

Covered our little greenhouse with blankets and towels last night. We have lettuce, radishes, onions and spinach up and growing in our cold-frame.

We also have wildlife. These turkeys don't know that it's hunting season. They should be hiding not wandering our property.

This guy took our chickens last week. Usually foxes hunt at night but in the spring they have new pups to feed and will hunt in the daylight. We usually pen our chickens about 3 o'clock but when I went down at 2:30 to put them in for the night the fox had already been in the yard. We wont be getting replacements until we've built a large secure yard.

Maybe it's time to get a gun.

Always something new to learn up here.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

IT'S HARDER THAN YOU THINK

Digging ditches is harder than you think.

Yesterday it was time to climb into the skid-steer and get some work done.
Digging ditches with the skid-steer is easy, doing it by hand is harder than it looks.
I wanted the drain to empty out down the hill from the house so a 30 foot trench was dug. Of course we are sitting on bedrock so getting down 3 feet was impossible. I did manage to get it buried deep enough so it is protected from any traffic over it.

The tough part was going between the raised garden beds; that was done by hand.

Just waiting for the rain to see if all works properly.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

Friday, 28 April 2017

WATER TANK READY

Today I put the pieces together and all looks good.

This is what I call a guillotine valve much like you find on the dump system of an RV. It slides to close which makes it very easy for me to divert the rainwater to the storage tank. No more climbing on top of the tank to disconnect the downspout.

I screwed this white cap to the lid of the tank and drilled holes to let the rainwater in. I also inserted a screen to catch the leaves and keep out the mosquitoes.

I was a little short on the downspout but was able to get things attached thanks to this short pieces of pipe extension Don gave me.

If it works as planned I'll add another tank closer to our raised garden beds.

Next week looks like rain, rain, rain so I'll soon find out if it holds water.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

BAKING, BUILDING, PLANTING

Baking, building, planting, just another typical day back here in the bush.

We were up at 6 getting the oven and pots ready for baking bread. Mary makes such delicious breads they don't last very long.

Once that was done I was off to the lumberyard for some 2x10s to make a stand for our water tanks.

Mary got busy quilting, then took a break and did some planting as we are anxious to get the seeds germinated and into our gardens.

We moved Carol's greenhouse into our raised garden bed where we could anchor it and cover it if it needs extra protection.

Lots of seeds planted today. I believe these are tomato plants.

Our cold-frame is full so it is great to have the extra protected space in the portable greenhouse.

Once I had all the wood home and cut this project went together very quickly.

Next job is to modify the downspout and install a slide valve to divert the rainwater. I'll post more pictures once that has been completed.

Now it's time to relax and enjoy some jam and bread.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

HOME GROWN

It's been a while since I've posted, busy with life and appointments. Today we actually found some time to work outside.

Mary wanted to add more seeds to the cold frame so we can cut fresh once the plants are mature.

Spinach, lettuce, Dutch-sets and radishes we planted two weeks ago are up and doing well.

We expect to be harvesting by the end of May through to the end of June. Then the produce in the gardens should be ready for picking.

All safe and warm under glass.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CELL PHONE PHOTOS

Jamie and Leanne take fabulous pictures using their cell phones. Here are a few from this past weekend.

My favourite; Owen helping his uncle Sean load the bin with firewood for next winter. Happy Birthday Owen!!

Mary using the food bowl to call the chickens into the coop. Jamie likes the black and white option on his camera. Although the photos say copyright Art Kelly these photos were taken by Jamie and Leanne.

Kate enjoying the sunshine and watching her brother and uncles load firewood.

We love her and she is such a happy baby.

Yes the chickens actually run when Mary calls them.

It was a great weekend and it went by too quickly. Thanks everyone.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

FISHING with OWEN

Mary took Owen fishing this morning. It was foggy and cold down on the lake, still lots of ice and very little open water.

Oma had to show Owen how to fish without jabbing the hook into his hand.

Next was casting and Owen soon figured that out.

I think he was using a little body language to tell the lure where to land.


One happy fisherman.

Must be something nasty on the line ........ weeds. Glad Oma knows how to get that stuff off without me getting dirty.

Maybe next time the fish will be biting.