I mounted my main solar panel on a tree. I think it will get the most sun there.
Here’s how I stay clean at the homestead.
First the shower.
I still use the solar camp shower. Just fill the bag with water, lay it black side up in the sun for a couple hours, hang it up and voila. A hot shower. By the end of the summer I hope to have water run from the well to inside the cabin.
For laundry I just use a wash basin and hang the clothes to dry.
When I am staying at the house in Titusville, I tend to eat ready made food. But cheese sausage and eggs freshly cooked and enjoyed on the porch are much better.
Two curious bruins were exploring the homestead this morning. One looked in the the window and said “somebody has been sleeping in my bed”.
After reviewing the video I believe what I thought were two yearling cubs was really a mother and her yearling. The bear who stayed back in the woods appears a bit larger than the one who came to the door.
I wouldn’t count on a very good garden this first year. The soil is pretty rocky and I couldn’t till very deep. Plus, even though I pre-sprayed the weeds, the area was covered with Milkweed. Milkweed is hard to get rid of. It is already growing back. I don’t plan on putting a lot of effort into it this year. If it does grow I may just let the wildlife enjoy it. By next year I hope to bring in some better top soil. I am amazed at how many edible wild plants are available all over my land.
Time to prepare a garden.
This year it is only about 24ft by 24ft.
There are also garden boxes around the deck.
It’s sure looking like an early spring. I hope it stays.
I even cooked my lunch on the porch.
Nothing fancy. Just cream of celery soup and crackers cooked on my propane heater/cooker.
I even brought my car up beside the cabin.
I had a wreck caused by dehydration causing me to black out. (syncope) I was in a parking lot so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I’ll cover a problem I discovered with too much pine needle tea. I’ll cover that later. I have done some repairs so the car is drivable.
Some of you may wonder how I write and post pictures “off the grid”. I cheat. I am off the wired grid but I still have cell service and a generator. Cell service is sporadic and I usually need to go outside to connect. But for writing I have these.
That is an 8 inch Ellipses tablet and a tiny Bluetooth keyboard. And behind that is a paper notebook and a couple of pens. I can also watch downloaded episodes of Grizzly Adams on the tablet.
The very basic start of my outdoor workshop.