This YURT in the FOREST Will BLOW YOUR MIND | ALONE in the WILDERNESS – FULL YURT & PROPERTY TOUR

This YURT in the FOREST Will BLOW YOUR MIND | ALONE in the WILDERNESS – FULL YURT & PROPERTY TOUR

[Music] hey everybody i’m jake and i’m nicole and tiny houses have become a lot of the rage especially with a younger generation of people they come in different shapes and forms and one of these tiny houses is a yurt and nicole and i decided to take our lives very remote into the canadian rainforest some would say the canadian jungle and we live in a yurt yes we’ve been living in new york now for almost three years so we have a lot of new people that are following our journey here on youtube and they follow our weekly show we put out about our off-grid life and we thought we’d give you guys a full video that just shows you where we are right now and what it’s like to live in a yurt three years in so full yurt tour full garden tour kind of full property tour yeah so this is where we started when we first got here we weren’t able to get into our property at all it was thick with trees literally this this is our property as well this is what we were faced with there was no home site and we filmed it so if you guys want to see that it’s the video is called starting over our property was logged about 40 years ago so it’s it was very challenging to even get into our property but we’ve made like amazing progress on our property in the last almost three years so i think we’ve made amazing progress you’ve made amazing progress yeah we have almost 20 acres here so a lot of our property has not even been touched by us and we like that we’re gonna try to leave it as natural and at one with nature as possible how much land do you think we’ve been what it’s like we’ve probably been living on i would say two or less acres yeah what’s cool about our youtube show is that in every title we put an episode number so you can see episode 135 episode 20. you can go back and see our whole journey from starting over with jake and nicole day one and the way that logging works is they clear-cut areas so you got to think about our 20 acres being clear-cut back in the late 80s or early 90s and when loggers are finished they take all the choice logs out but they leave behind giant piles of debris and mismatched logs that become big piles of hugo culture mulch compost so today 40 years later if nicole and i just go for a hike in our property it’s possible that nicole can fall right up to her neck in one of these mulchy pits that’s what i have before yeah so it’s very challenging where we have decided to live but there’s also a million incredible reasons to live where we live let’s go give you guys a tour of komorevi and you’re three [Music] hey why are you fidgeting so much there’s mosquitoes everywhere um so here’s our beautiful green yurt it’s a 30 foot diameter yurt it’s an open floor plan like a studio apartment so let’s go check it out [Music] here we have puma and his brother kai fine let’s go [Music] as you can see it’s very open in here we left it that way we really liked the open feel of it especially with the dome i don’t even know if the camera can really capture how beautiful and open it is a lot of people say when they first walk in that’s where their eye goes is like straight up to this beautiful um open floor plan ceiling okay so we’ll start back here which is probably one of my favorite spots of the year finally um is our living room i’ve had maybe like five or six different types of living rooms if you guys have been following our journey this one i think is going to be final this is our first couch we’ve never really had a couch i’ve made couches out of pallets but this couch i really like a lot because we have some storage underneath here which is really nice and then it also this part pulls out into a like a bed or a big sofa and then we have this really nice coffee table that also pulls up and we have storage underneath we don’t have a whole lot of storage here so the extra storage is really nice would you say that you like this new couch yeah obviously i do we we’re really against having a sofa at first we wanted just a meditation area with cushions like the one we got in india here yeah like this one but we’ve three years later we realized that you know our bodies are working hard and this sofa is such a luxury yeah it is very nice anyway and it’s the same color as kai yeah apparently we like blue blue dogs blue couch but what folks don’t realize is that we get close to 20 feet of rain per year this is like almost a rainier place than hawaii so what keeps your stuff in these storage areas dried out um our wood stove so since it’s the summer time right now we’re not using the wood stove so it just kind of sits here and still looks really pretty i can’t wait to fire this bad boy up in the fall it really makes the space come alive since this really is rain forest the earth can get pretty moist feeling so it does yeah and since we don’t have like a plug-in dehumidifier this thing really dries everything out and just it’s very nice and then right next to it we have a drying rack um that we built maybe a couple years ago um we have bamboo trays in them if you guys have seen me dehydrate a bunch of herbs i’ll put them on this i’ll take the herbs if the fire’s going then i’ll place them right here i’ll turn the fans so then the fans blow the heat and then it dries out my herbs i have three slots i guess you’d say right here and here quite amazing i love this drying rack so much we have our wood that we store underneath it and i love these bamboo trays as well they’re really nice so can you show us what are these fans called these fans are eco fans um they don’t run on battery or nothing you don’t have to plug them in they are operated by heat so the heat touches the bottom and then it starts the this the fan um and they’re great because then it heats up the whole area like the heat doesn’t stay here the fans help make it travel throughout the year or to the drying rack okay so right now we are underneath the loft this actually used to be jake and i’s bedroom um we turned it into the dog area and then also i kind of have like my little art studio over there we just got this awesome dog kennel for the dogs it says puma and kai on it it’s made of all wood and a handmade cushion and it’s adorable and i love it so much um i think kai is already in there good boy go in there go candle all the way kind of all the way there you go and then stay stay they have this cute little door that shuts and it latches clothes so if we go into town or something and we need them to be safe in here they have a nice little comfy spot and then in the winter time they’ll keep each other warm it’s really spacious and big kai is always in this like he is so funny he’s like a prince like he’s just like all sprawled out on his cushion it’s hilarious but i love how it says their name on the top we can use it for shelving it’s just really nice and as you guys can see that we’re using the underneath of the loft as a drying station we don’t have a barn so it stays really dry underneath here so this is garlic from our garden that we’re drying out this is my first time ever drying out garlic so we’ll see how it turns out we also have some herbs over here from the garden you have we have eucalyptus lavender some different types of lavender rosemary um those are great like a little witch’s apothecary yeah so yeah and then we have just like a little art studio over here then we have our closet over in this area it’s kind of like a little private room room divider this is how we keep it separate to have our closet into change and whatnot and then if you just pan over here we have the ladder going up to our loft our loft we use a storage now for food and you know boxes and knickknacks and stuff like that and then over here is kind of like our office area i guess the tech station the tech station yeah we have all of our cords and wires extra camera batteries and stuff like that plus our shoe rack and then we are back here at the front door and we have a refrigerator now so we haven’t had a refrigerator for maybe almost three years we just got this like a couple of months ago and it’s been amazing it’s really great because we are powering it by the sun we have this blue eddy battery which i’m not sure the specs on it it’s an ev240 it’s an ev240 right yeah um so we use this we will take it outside charge it with the sun bring it back in and it powers this fridge it’s a low energy fridge and it works amazing it’s really great it is small but it’s okay because we didn’t have a refrigerator for a long time so i’ll take anything right now we’re able to decorate it with all of our magnets from when we traveled around the world so it’s cool to finally display those jake and i have traveled to over 15 different countries we actually video blogged it um on our youtube channel which you guys can totally check out now we’re moving into the kitchen we have our sink and our hand pump just kind of pump it like this to get the water where does that water come from it comes from an ivc tote that’s on the other side of the deck over there that is collecting rain water so all this is rain water we have our compost bucket here we have a second compost bucket down here and when the wood stove isn’t going during the winter or the fall we use our propane gas cooktop um we also have lots of outdoor cooking with the flame a ton i mean if you guys have been watching our journey we are always outside cooking with the pizza oven and the wok stove all the time here’s our kitchen countertops we made and milled all of this ourselves we really liked the idea of having open cupboards to where you can see everything but you want me to mill and create some doors for the bottom shelves okay um the top i really like to leave that open and i like it a lot we get a lot of compliments on it especially with the the live wood that you can see on the edges and it’d just be really nice to have doors for the down below which we’re working on but this is also how we escaped having a fridge for a couple years because a lot of our foods were eaten at the time gathered foraged or dried yes we have tons i mean just to point out a couple we have our dried mushrooms from last year dried chanterelles angel wings we also have rosemary and dill that i dried this year i also made a ton of raspberry jam um raspberry currant jams i’ve been giving some away and we’ve been eating it so this is kind of what we have left it was just too good so here’s our dining room table where we eat or just put a lot of our stuff it’s a table that i found made with recycled pallets and i absolutely love this table so much because you can also expand it so we’re having a pizza party or if we have people over you can just open it up [Music] technical it’s kind of tricky but like that and now it’s one big open table i love this table so much and i hope that it stays in our family forever it’s like my favorite when jake and i need to power stuff up when we’re hanging out on the couch watching a movie or editing one of these vlogs um we have another blue eddie right here um which charges a lot of our gadgets and this one i’m not sure what the specs on this one is either this one’s called an ac200 an ac200 so we can charge stuff on top charge all this stuff below power this thing with the sun so and then right behind me we have our very first shelf that jake and i ever made when we first moved here i use this as my herb shelf now holding books and tons of herbs that i’ve been harvesting from the property lemon balm chocolate mint plantain raspberry leaves hibiscus rose hips what do you mean raspberry leaves what do you do there i take the young leafs of the raspberry bush you definitely want to take it before the raspberries start to come in so i just take a bunch of leaves i’ll either dehydrate it by the wood stove if that’s going if not then i’ll do it in front of the sun raspberry leaves is amazing tea especially for women it helps with like menstrual cramps and so much more it’s just a really amazing plant so i have a ton of it here and i drink it like crazy so there’s a wall calendar of yourself yeah we have a komorevi calendar so if you have one that’s awesome if you don’t have one definitely go check out our website um and get one we also have some cool t-shirts on there and sweatshirts and more to come they love the new living room area and so now we’re back into the living room so as you can see we just did a complete circle the year is round so jake and i had our bedroom in here for two years but this last spring we built a separate structure to where our bedroom is so let’s go check it out so here is our bedroom the bunkie um come on inside so there’s really not too much to say about our bedroom it’s just one small room with our bed we have our dresser which is really nice we have our drawers on the side and then this slides for extra space [Music] we have um our nightstand right here i have a nightstand hey it’s so dark in here where are the lights we have one light here whoa does it change it in there the camera did not like that really so just putting out some of our decor um i made these picture frames obviously not the frames themselves but the flowers inside i pressed these flowers last summer and then if we just pan over here we have two dream catchers that i made i really enjoy making dream catchers and especially if i find really cool feathers i love incorporating them i think this was the first stream catcher that i’ve ever made and i think this was the recent one and what are these flowers they are dehydrated flowers from shamrock farms which is like our favorite farm of all time now i’m on the other side of the bedroom technically jake’s side of the bed and we have our amazing cubic mini wood stove right here when we first built this bunkie it was towards the end of winter early spring so it wasn’t too cold so we only had to use this a couple of times but when we did use it it warmed the space up so well what do you think it’s good it’s warm and i think my favorite thing about this oven is the cute little like fire tools like how adorable is this and the shovel i mean come on how cute is that and we also have the eco fan or we have another eco fan on top which heats the whole space up really well we have a shelf over here with some more storage i just put this together not too long ago which is really nice we have our window to the outside and that’s it honestly that’s our bedroom a nice cute little small space nothing too big which we don’t really need so behind you guys see something a structure out there what is that oh that is the chapel which is our bathroom we call it the chapel because it kind of looks like a chapel um but that is our toilet would you like to go see it hey this area here looks very cute yeah we have a little herb garden the kitchen garden i guess right here in the front we have our amazing tofu tub which i guess i’d go show you guys this is a choco it’s like a wood stove that heats up water i don’t know the proper terminology but you make the fire in here and then you have two pipings that take the water and filter it through it heat the water up and then voila you have a nice warm hot tub my fiance is telling me it’s called thermo siphoning perfect okay um and it also looks like a choo choo train so we always call it the train especially when there’s a fire going and the smoke is coming out this it’s like definitely a chichi train it’s hilarious so we just have the cold that goes in and then the hot that goes out but let’s go check out the composting toilet here we have our shower we actually just put a video out of three years of our shower evolution i guess you’d say we went through many different showers so here’s what our shower looks like now we actually have a roof and walls which is really nice so here is our chapel aka the composting toilet i won’t show you guys too much of it pretty self-explanatory i guess um we have our toilet paper toilet and when we’re done using the bathroom um how a composting toilet works is you put the wood shavings in afterwards and that’s it also over here we have jumbo incense because during the summer the spring and the summer we have mosquitoes so we light these which kind of helps keep the mosquitoes away and that’s it sorry our toilet why the white bucket the white bucket oh this holds um all of our toilet paper we have a ton of toilet paper in here there’s also a lot of mice around here so we just left our toilet paper sitting out the mice would destroy it um to make their leg beds so and we also keep it in here too because if we left it out and get really wet and moist and damp so keeping it in here helps keep it dry this is like my life for the next couple months we don’t get all the firewood put away but like august september then it just will not dry out snow is not really our issue here it’s the dampness and not only does the wood keep us warm in the winter we usually need about eight to ten cords but it also is what we cook with 99 of the time the wood stove cooking in the yurt and then i’ll show you guys our two main outdoor cooking accessories last year we did i think it was like a 10 11 part series where nicole and i together built a pizza oven out of brick glass bottles and cobb which is clay straw and sand it’s been working great we haven’t finished it yet actually there’s going to be a aesthetically artistic layer on the outside so we still got about three or four more inches to go but this is in perfect working order and you guys have watched us along the way on this journey cooking our pizza and our quiche and our breads pies pies nicole just made the best pie i’ve ever had cookies cinnamon rolls things like that so we’ll have this whole shelf filled up with firewood to cook with all winter long and behind it you guys saw when nicole was out of town this last time she went to visit her family i built up a trellis which is pretty strong and it’s growing kiwi of many different varieties and now the kiwi have reached the top and they’re starting to kind of enclose the top of this i don’t know i’ve always wanted to have just kiwis dropping down and where we live is one of the few places in the world that can grow kiwis really easily so got about six varieties i think two or three male plants and then probably about seven female plants that’s it kiwi so come back next year this time and these new plants will be fruiting like crazy okay let’s go check out the wok stove um people that haven’t watched the pizza oven series the cooking goes on in here this is just a store firewood had a lot of comments saying what’s the bottom part cook it doesn’t that’s firewood storage this is the cooking dome go back and watch the series you’ll find out okay the wok stove we’ve done a lot of times this is traditional chinese style cooking inspired by my college days majoring in asian studies i’ve trained shaolin kung fu my whole life and been to china over 10 times i just do love the history of chinese culture and food and i i’ve always wanted to have a flame powered walk outside to cook those chinese dishes uh steam things like baozi and jiaozi and make like stir fries yeah so it’s not going right now it’s not dinner time yet but uh nicole and i have shown you guys a ton of times we built the entire wok stove with you here on the jake and nicole channel so check it out go back and just type in jake and nicole walk stove the walk is where all the cooking happens the bamboo steamers is how we steam it and then if you walk around this side i’ll show you you can see ginseng catching some rays here afternoon raise on the new floor but uh if you want to play the role of the chinese grandma you just sit down and then while the kids cook the meal grandma feeds the fire and we got all the wood down here uh feed it keep it just the right temperature you can thank nicole for the southwest mexican style influence on all the tiling here looks really good i think it adds so much pretty color it’s so bright and it’s important to us because we met in the sonoran desert in arizona and um our life’s journey began there close to mexico and that was the first country nicole ever went to outside of the states was mexico yeah okay i’ll take you guys to go see the garden nicole and i have really um loved gardening since we’ve gotten together we actually got together through gardening she attended one of my gardening workshops back in the day where we met for the first time and we just haven’t been able to garden very much since day one because as you saw in beginning this video the property was so difficult to just cut into there was so much needing to be done for basic amenities and infrastructure the yurt the bathroom it took so long to build these things because the landscape is so tumultuous so now we’re just starting to garden like we’ve wanted to garden this whole time and we’ve uh picked up a skill of chainsaw milling so we do chainsaw fill our own wood if we drop a tree we drop a tree to allow more airflow and light to come into an area and when the tree drops we mill it to give us lumber for all these projects got the archway here we’ll keep working on got some jasmine and now we can walk outside barefoot and we can actually walk all the way to the garden because we milled a raised pathway i was inspired by a lot of hiking that we’ve done in hawaii a lot of times when you go hike in hawaii it’s so wet and the landscape is so sacred that they don’t want to have a lot of tourists coming through all the time trampling the plant life down and compacting the fertile top soil so they have a lot of hikes made up of walkways so everyone kind of walks on boards that helps protect the surrounding landscape so i was inspired by that and i’m like let’s do that here so instead of walking on all the remnants of the logging you can see this whole area used to be a logging site there’s downed trees there’s trees growing from trees there’s percolation pits that have been dug and and then they come in after that’s logged and canadian tree planters usually young people over plant trees again little saplings and in this area it was hemlock so then they’re too close together and it’s just way too thick so we’re trying to bring some more natural balance to the forest and be at one with the nature that surrounds us we get inspiration to do that when we go walk into the old growth because the old growth does have that more balanced feel and now instead of dropping into pits of logging we’re kind of walking above on the deck it also just feels a little more secure from bears and cougars to be above doesn’t it yeah it feels really nice and then when i jump off the deck you guys are gonna see uh that i’m kind of on this cushy pile of wood chips so eventually we’re gonna have big piles of wood chips all over so that we’re putting any kind of like sticks and debris we’ve cut back into the landscape in the form of wood chips gardening we’re doing raised beds because not only are bears and cougars alpha predators but the plant life the native plant life here is an alpha predator mosquitoes are also alpha predators but the plant life is is vigorous and so if we were to put a garden in the ground um it would quickly be taken over by salal salmon berries and a lot of other thistles and native weeds so i think it’s really important to get out into the world and see how different cultures garden and nicole and i did this in portugal and spain and france and every one of those countries that we woofed for they had weed problems so i told myself we’re not going to have weed problems hence milling these raised beds so like for the carrot bed here the bottom half of the soil is all wood chips and rotted logs and then the top half is all compost and then over the years the rotted logs and wood chips will become fertile compost as well and will have incredible soil in these beds but right now we have carrots just uh getting to be like adolescent stage we’ve got over here some different varieties of beets wow i can see beets from look at this guy he’s like a little half dollar sized beet see ya this bed over here newly planted because uh it was garlic you guys saw that nicole is dehydrating that inside so we replanted some uh lettuces and bok choys the little black bok choys up there are really incredible and that black coloring is so nutritious those anthocyanins okay some of the beds that are ready right now is uh behind me so a lot of bok choy’s i think bok choy is so incredible and again i’m inspired by my life so far and like every time i’ve gone to china especially if you get out of shanghai or beijing and you go to these smaller cities the people there that don’t have much money they feed themselves by growing food everywhere and so if you go for a walk in a place like i was in guilin for example and everywhere that i rode my bike in guilin i would see bok choy and chinese lettuces growing next to the paths so i’ve always thought that bok choy is like a sacred green it’s nutritious and it’s just it’s so cute like look at these guys baby bok choy is looking so nice adding this to all of our stir fries and our smoothies in the morning we got two different varieties and then if we pan to the middle we can see all the herbs we’ve got lavenders and rosemary and honeysuckle and sage then behind got the garden arch that we’re going to turn into like um a structure for hanging uh planters coming up for now it just makes us feel real good and then we got our kimchi ingredients coming along here we got the the napa cabbages that we’re gonna let these guys get a little bigger these chinese style cabbages and then we’ll cut them for kimchi love to ferment that kimchi then you can actually keep that for quite a while and broccoli so we’ve been harvesting the broccoli as it’s been coming up and uh this one’s ready to go so you can eat the leaves and the heads and then back here we’re hoping that we get some brussels sprouts going on maybe in the fall when they’re ready to go but if you guys pan to the left you’ll see more garden we’ve got a lot planted there and 40 tomato plants so let me show you before we check that out we got uh just some experiments like some in-ground stuff we’re trying um so i talked about weeds but i wanted to see what would happen so i took this area logged it off and planted directly in the earth some ground cherries also called fisalis and they’re doing pretty well so far but look at all the weeds already starting to come in so i’m constantly kind of adding my gardener’s shadow to this and pulling the weeds up lemon balm grows really well in the native landscape this becomes a pond in the winter time behind me so i planted a lot of mint down in there we have wild watercress and skunk cabbage which we can use the root from and then over here we got the herb bed got onions garlic chives oregano cilantro dill lemon verbena arugula and we’re trying to see if we can get some basil even though it seems like the slugs and the birds like it as much as we do so it’s not big yet yeah but the dill is looking really good so if we get uh our cucumbers going on we can make some nice dill pickles now now i’m like nice and fresh for a nice kiss we also have our scarecrow this is turnip head with our cd disc to scare away the birds turnip head that outage you was a miyazaki fan yeah but it’s been working right the robin’s like disappeared overnight yeah it’s been great i mean they still come in every once in a while but it’s been a lot better and then if you’re right there when i want to get out of here i just now walk up and see you bye wait what about the tomatoes oh yeah let’s go see you guys saw the first thing we did when we got to komo reby was we had to cut our way in and then we lived in our white van we call the spirit bear a spirit bears an albino uh bear that’s our van is white so it’s the spirit we built this carport so the carport was the first structure that we built to get us out of the rain and um at the time that was a huge win don’t you think yes it was also our kitchen and it’s like everything for us so now we turned it into a barn or we’re turning it into a barn we’re gonna have sliding barnyard doors on it but we finished this wall first we milled the wood on the outside here and we’re gonna use this as a trellis to grow some grapes up here eventually and then we already started growing sugar snap peas or sweet peas on this one and they’re just about to reach the trellis oh sweet pea come on and dance with me and if we come this way we’ve got the jerusalem artichokes different colors purple and white or sunchokes or people in this area call them artichokes and uh we got blueberries going on so this guy’s starting to ripen now here we go this one is not full but it’s uh it’s edible there you go thank you so blueberries and strawberries together but we also planted look more fisalis ground cherry and these ones are about twice the size in the raised beds as they are on the ground maybe because they don’t have any weed competition so these will put off um a really delicious orange berry that’s in a husk like an orange tomatillo strawberries ripening all the time and then we planted these two long narrow beds as tomato beds when the pandemic hit and coveted hit nicole and i got really scared actually because we were um we went into town to get some supplies and all the shelves were bare and we had been off the grid already at that time for almost like two years we felt pretty good we had water we had food we know how to catch stuff from the ocean we know how to forage stuff on the land but it’s still nice if you ever are in town to get some you know supplies and they were gone so we started thinking hey let’s grow the garden now and we did a lot of our garden growing entire so we only had about four tomato plants last year in tires they fruited they did okay so this year we wanted to have an abundance so we got 20 tomato plants in each bed 40 total that are being staked and i’m pinching crotches and center staking them we also are doing some eggplant and they’re looking pretty good this eggplant is putting off its flowers now and should be having eggplants i’m guessing in about you know three weeks but the tomatoes over here are one month behind the tomatoes over here so this one is doing really well and i’ve now started to let the flowers go because i feel like the plant is an appropriate size and i just loaded up with flowers like this one that are now growing into tomatoes down here i do like to bonsai my fruit trees and bonsai my tomato plants so i have really enjoyed this tomato section and if you guys have followed me for gardening whenever i touch a tomato plant it reminds me of my grandmother’s house in huntsville alabama i don’t know it just triggers that memory but look at how they’re looking good i don’t mean to brag but i think they’re looking pretty good these ones are actually doing really well on the edge they’re just like loaded with tomatoes i like these purple ones pan up and you’ll see there’s like a dozen more coming right here flowers everywhere so right now i think we have about one month to go and honestly it’s very uncharacteristically sunny and warm for this part of the world so it’s meaning a really nice tomato crop come on let’s go so the garden is fun but i really believe in the power of fruit trees but also wild foods and native foods so if you see behind me you know this is a lot of our acreage back here and we’ve been clearing this one section for the fruit tree orchard and so far we’ve put 40 fruit trees in the ground different varieties a lot of apples a lot of cherries a lot of hazelnuts and walnuts and even some more exotics like behind this one’s really great it’s a chinese peppercorn tree that is very spiky like a rose but actually grows peppercorns so we can actually have our own spices and things like that and then little beds next door like this is a native black cap raspberry that we found in the wild landscape we took some pups off of it and now we’re growing it a few feet down the road here in the garden so we love the thimbleberries the salmon berries the black caps the salal the blackberries and we’re trying to you know cultivate those natives around because natives are powerful if you’re in an area you should know what 10 foods you can eat right now in season and for us we do but we also have the ocean so if you are inclined for mussels and clams and oysters prawn crab and fish sea asparagus it’s all out there abundance so stay tuned to next year 2022 will be a great year for us here because you’re going to see the ur change a lot we’re going to actually give it an exoskeleton we’re going to give it a mega roof and an exoskeleton we’re going to reinforce it with cobb and we’re going to also be able to eat the fruit from our fruit trees and if you want to see how much food we’re going to harvest in the landscape here you’re going to want to see what happens to these fruit trees out there so if you see the chaos that is behind me it’s not always going to look like that you’re going to see pathways and wood chips and just a really cute pinterest type thomas kincaid painting coming up so stay tuned so now we’re inside the carport and it’s turned into the workbench i’ve learned something about you know male roles and female roles with this adventure and i’ve learned that you know i am a guy i am strong and i have good endurance and i can i could go all day on a project i can go go and my brain works very singularly i can like focus on one project and dominate that project and get it done like a guy you know but i’ve noticed that if nicole’s not here the rest of my life goes into chaos and the projects that i complete are very uh basic and they’re kind of like scientific with no life and i found that with this adventure when i have my nicole partner who’s a woman she brings organization and beauty into the other parts of my life and when we do projects together the artistic beautiful side of the project kind of is that yin that woman and then the the beast mode singular focus is the man so i i really have learned a lot about life in myself i don’t think men are stronger than women i don’t think women are stronger than men i think both are 50 pieces of the pie you know yin and yang light dark cold hot so i really have respected um how nicole and i were together in this whole thing case in point the workbench without nicole this would be an area of chaos all the time and she kind of holds it together and keeps it organized so that we can both work to our to our best and not spend all day trying to find things but eventually we’re going to have a washer dryer here also charged by solar panels on the roof so please stay tuned to watch us put together a 4 to 10 kilowatt hour solar system is going to really make life here very enjoyable with modern amenities even though we’re off the electricity grid this is where the garden was last year you guys saw us build if you follow the journey it’s also the sunniest part of the property so we’re prepping all of our firewood in this spot we have a big pile of firewood we put together over the last year uh we’re chopping it up and we’re topping it by hand so it’s a little more rough cut than the precise wood splitter you see a lot of people use nowadays we’re doing it by hand we make it into towers and these towers will sit out in the sun dry for about another week and then we’ll throw all these into the woodshed and we’ll fill them again so we’ll keep kind of cycling through cover them with tarps on rainy days reveal them on sunny days and by first week of september we should have all of our firewood away for the entire winter solar panels like this all over the property and next door is the compost we got the twin base for the compost i’ve done so many composting videos for you guys not only do we take all of our food scraps and all of our organic materials put them in the compost then add the wood ash from our fire from our cooking wok stove from our pizza oven and from our wood stove inside the yurt we also add all the wood shavings when we use the chainsaw we save all those wood shavings we put them in there and the carbons and nitrogens combined together to make really healthy soil we can use about a year later when we go to harvest it we just take the slats away take a shovel scrape it all out and then it’s empty we can fill it up again you guys saw us build the red yard over there we called the galicia yurt so we’ve got komorebi and galicia if we have a guest or a caretaker family they stay in the the guest yurt and we even have another well pump here that’s on this property that the good thing about these properties is that when they converted from logging properties to quote-unquote residential properties they had to put wells in them so we’ve just put these large cast iron wells on each lot and we have a fresh spring water that is like a 9.5 ph ready to drink i don’t know if you guys followed the journey from day one but if you did you might have seen nicole and i had no access to water we had to like put buckets out to gather rain well now we’ve taken the carport roof the yurt roof and all the roofs we’ve put up and we collect rain water into these thousand liter ibc totes and we use that but we also have two welds we have a well on this lot as well as well and this one the wells are drilled to about 300 feet but the static water level is about 40 feet oh sorry it’s 20 feet so we dropped our well down about 40 feet hand powered so we just kind of give it about four pumps we went through the process of having the water tested no bacteria no uh harmful minerals like arsenic a 9.5 ph it’s literally mountain spring water in the canadian rain forest you can drink right at the top and this is how nicole and i drink water and it’s cold it’s cold it is delightful i mean honestly it’s free there’s no monthly service charge living off the grid with electricity and water and shelter that’s the goal [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] do [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] so [Music] do [Music] you
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