Tuesday, January 26, 2010

things i look forward to in 2010: (and loved in 2009)
the screech owl welcoming the night, the birds, getting water from the trickle spring- even if it is to do the dishes :) , building fairy houses, working on a garden, trying to figure out the compost thing, the sound of the river, waking up with aspen who wakes up with the sun, the timelessness of the entire place.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

images after beginning to brace the wall with supports and pushing it back out. we need to replace about 20 pieces of the lattice before we can begin to try and shift the yurt back into place- the french door frame is broken and the door is skewed, the dome is also still leaning down which you can see in the post before this one.

i'm trying to be realistic about this, about the trees coming down, about the idea of trying to live as self sufficiently as possible, about trying to make it all work. but damn, i wasn't ready for how i'd feel seeing 16 trees on the ground instead of in the air. for those of you who have known me since my undergraduate photo work, you'll remember that my exhibition revolved around the relationship between man, the earth, and our attitude towards pillaging for personal "growth". imagine going from this study to walking up to the land on friday and seeing that my own lifestyle and choices directly went against my strong held views of protecting the trees. but what am i supposed to do? if we had decided to not take down the trees around the yurt, i wouldn't be able to live there. i know we can replant, and we will. but in the meantime it is difficult to explain that within 7 hours, hundreds of years of combined life were spent with the swift action of a chainsaw. we hope to utilize the trees by milling them and using the wood for structures on the land, and we have plenty of firewood. but there is a feeling of loss that is not explainable.

Friday, January 15, 2010

ah cleaning time, little worse than i thought. the 2nd tree did do some damage- more rafters are missing with some over the french doors. it pretty much landed on that door frame, we haven't tried to open those doors yet. 3 punchers all the way through from what i can see, probably 20-25 pieces of lattice need to be replaced. all shifting and twisted so i think the next step is to slowly try to brace that wall up- with vertical and angle supports. then see about jacking the dome up on the one side and hopefully get a few rafters into place.

this is the lone oak tree that will be coming down today. someone is coming to take down 15 trees- possibly 20. believe all the others are hemlock. firewood for awhile. any suggestions on trees that do well in this area- please pass the information along, looking to start replanting for each tree we've taken down (did 5 in the beginning)

Friday, January 8, 2010

this is the most recent picture- ben and chris have been hacking away at the 2 trees for 3 days now, bracing the yurt and hoping for good weather... you can see the tree tops on the ground

interior with some supports holding the dome and walls

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

the yurt earlier in the day (12/18) before the tree fell

most of the wood from the rafters landed in the middle of the yurt

ben's studio (without the awning now)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

hello! well, my attempt at a blog had yet to see daylight- i thought at the beginning that i'd be able to keep up with something like this and that i'd get some good feedback about projects and problems we encounter. but, now that is almost the new year~ you can see this blog sort of fell off.

but now i'm glad i at least started it! i am editing this (1/5) as my dad pointed out that i did not clarify about a tree actually falling onto the yurt. friday, december 18th at 10:30 pm- after receiving 18inches of snow in one day, we were shaken up- although not completely surprised as ben had called the tree that would fall if any did. it was scary. aspen had just fallen asleep and we were planning on taking her back up to the neighbors because we could hear trees snapping everywhere. sort of one of those intuitive moments where both ben and i knew it was going to happen.

our most recent visit back to the yurt (1/3) brought about another surprise- a 2nd tree fell on top of the first tree- crating more tension on the yurt. ben is out there with our friend building supports holding the dome up as well as supports on the inside of the yurt in hopes that when the two trees are cut the release of tension isn't too much for the cable.

if you are able to help us at all with a donation for removing the trees around the yurt there is a link to a paypal account on the right of the screen. THANK YOU!!!!! anything helps, we don't know the amount yet- but i'm guessing we will have to remove anywhere from 6 to 15 trees. we are going to get some estimates and do what we can when we can.

winter is a great time to hibernate, and spring will bless us with new growth. thank you all, we couldn't be blessed with better friends and family!