My what an eventful year 2015 has been. We traveled and built and volunteered and survived a really cold winter in a fifth wheel trailer. What did you do?
With all that we did last year, we are now much more comfortable in our trailer. We have also gained valuable experience in building Earthships, which we will put to good use when we get to building our own.
You may be wondering exactly how things are working out in our newly insulated trailer, now that some winter has arrived. Well, just before we left, we put up a plastic barrier wall from the edge of the roof down to the ground in front of the trailer. Here is a picture of me working on it.
That was December 9th, if you can believe it. It was quite warm; not even below freezing. That wall now gives us a covered walk-way from the trailer to the toilet, with only a small gap to go through where you are fully exposed to the sky. It is quite a nice feature to have as our front step is pretty much always clear of snow. I say pretty much, because you will inevitably track some in on your boots.
We headed out for the holidays on December 10th and we didn’t get back until January 1, 2016. Christmas was green for a large portion of us northerners, but the snow arrived shortly afterwards. This is what we got back to at the trailer.
Our driveway was nicely ploughed for us so we didn’t have any difficulties getting in. The wood stove didn’t have any problems and it didn’t take long to heat up the trailer. It hasn’t been super cold so it hasn’t been difficult to keep the trailer heated either, which is really nice.
I took some other pictures of our surroundings so you can all enjoy the loveliness that is winter.
A little while later, as we were nice and cozy inside by the fire, it started to snow again. It was one of those quiet, big-flaked kinda snows. Very Christmas-y, actually. I took this picture from inside the trailer.
So, now that we are starting a new year, we need to figure out what the plan is. The first order of business is to get our kitchen rebuilt as right now everything is just a pile of stuff. Once we get that out of the way, there probably won’t be much building going on until spring hits. That’s when we’ll be ripping out the other section of the trailer that we didn’t get to and having it spray foamed as well.
There will also be some more land clearing and working on house plans. We need to start collecting tires and cans as well. One thing is for sure, there is always something to work on so there aren’t any dull moments.