Building An Earthship In Darfield, B.C.

We are a family of five living in Darfield, BC.
Our house is six hundred square feet in total and we are feeling cramped.

We have decided to build an earthship!

So starts the adventure ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Half Way There!

We have finished the fifth row of tires!

Only five more to go ...

Unfortunately I have NO pictures of this milestone as our camera is broken! We are attempting to solve this problem ...

The last of our July volunteers left yesterday. Thank you to everybody who came and helped over the last month, this progress would not have been possible otherwise!

Anna made a surprise comment the evening before she left. It went something like "Pounding tires is much more enjoyable than studying for my chiropractic exams!" I admit I added the emphasis but the quote is true ... So for all you people faced with a dreadful work prospect, just remember we have something more enjoyable here and its a FREE activity!

Sandra and I have spent the last few days catching up on house chores and taking a bit of a break. The garden is thriving ... mostly. The potatoes seem to have been struck down by blight, but the tomatoes vines are groaning and the onions will be ready soon.






The chickens are starting to lay eggs. We are getting about two a day now, and one of them today was actually quite large. The chickens have taken to invading the lamb enclosure, but happily the chickens and lambs get along well.






The lambs are steadily putting on weight, and all seem to be shaping up nicely. Have I mentioned that 4H lambs taste wonderful?







Over the next couple of days we plan to get more of the thermal wrap installed and berm the first five courses of tires. We also need to finish installing the building services (water lines, electrical, telephone).

We do not anticipate getting a lot done over the next two weeks as next week we are going on a kayak adventure to the Bowron Lakes. We are planning to navigate the 116 km circuit of the lakes so we will let you know how that goes.

Last weekend we prepared for our trip by dumping the kayaks ...


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