Yurts and Things almost live!

hear =t d=camilleI am just about ready to finally launch the updated version of the Yurts and Things blog. It’s amazing how many “things” there are attached, so much so that I had to really just get focused, pare down to some basics and will add as I go.  I swear I think I could stay up probably 72 hours and write that whole things and still not be finished sharing what I think are the important things!  This is actually quite timely as well as we are breaking ground this week on the Yurt Build.  We changed location on the property for it so now it will be down by the garden which kind of suits me well. It means not only will the garden be around but now I can actually have a real edible landscape. I really think that will be a lot of peace in my life.

Jordan is pretty excited to be involved as well as he will be taking on the business and direction of Yurts and Things. It has become even more important to him as his desire is to actually start building yurt kits for families to help them begin home ownership on a smaller scale, something they can afford without going into debt and grow into.  Not only that but to also allow those that want to live more off the grid the ability to realistically accomplish that. In fact in discussing Jordan’s vision for his business he really wants to help families with their initial build and then to help them add on as they can afford and as their family grows.  Eventually he would love to establish a yurt community that is sustainable and environmentally family friendly.  He already knows how to complete the foundations with his concrete knowledge, some help with energy requirements with wind turbines and just his excitement to really learn all he can and share.

We are both very excited to have Sunray Kelley and Bonnie Howard be a part of the build bringing their vision and special touches in only a way that Sunray and Bonnie can for sure. http://www.sunraykelley.com They are going to be  a pivotal part of the project for the community bringing their brand of love and life.  During the build they will be hosting small workshops along the way for those assisting. We are going to be documenting every step of the way with pictures, blogs, and videos. Upon completion of the Yurt here they are  launching the beginning of their Yurt kit adventure around the world. So stay tuned, it’s going to happen very quickly probably within the space of a couple of weeks and you don’t want to miss a thing 🙂

So now were off to find a home for the 1947 Minnesota Moline tractor that has called that space home for the past 20 years.  It’s time to make space and hopefully find a place where it can be restored to it’s former beauty!


Homestead Gardening

I have lived here almost three years.  This is the most wonderful place to get grounded, get in love with the earth, and connect.  I spent some time today just taking pictures of the beauty surrounding me.  The funny thing is we have been called hobbit ville and hippy ville.  We are far from it.  I hope I can say we all love nature and it’s bounty. We love the birds (eagles, owls, and starlings and the occasional bat). We love the ambiance; we love the peace and quiet and the common vision.  We are connected in a sense but I think not in a way that physical man thinks 🙂  I know after moving here all the sudden my creative nature got kicked into high gear.  My experiences with gardening and canning became a passion again.  No matter what I did, I would have ideas creeping forward of what to do with this item or that item, how to up cycle, recycle, and create beautiful and functional items.  I have realized I live in an environment of art and creativity. On the homestead, we have a variety of talents residing here.  We have an artist, sculpturer, builder, painter, photographer, and videographer, teacher, up cycler, recycler, canner, musician, organic gardener, writers, motorcycle mechanic, motorcycle restorer, a veteran, and a ship captain.  I am sure I have missed some talents there but that is quite a bit for a small neighborhood.

A beautiful full bloom Azalea

My first Pic much more to come.

Bacopia…one of my favorite plants to put in a hanging plant, it flourishes, hangs and blooms the whole season.

The blueberry bush, loaded with new buds.

Columbine…so beautiful and elegant.

A variety of flowers.

The beauty of the bloom.

The beauty continues.

Seed-um in discarded utensil tray.  The idea here is as the seed-um keeps spreading it will fill the tray to the point that you can actually hang it on a wall.  It makes a nice living decoration.

SunRay Kelley Designs – Yurt Kits and Tiny Homes

Sunray Kelley Designs just launched today with information on how you can contact him for one of your own.  He has included some pricing information and options.  There has been a lot of interest in Tiny Homes this year.

Photos by Camille Nordgren, Bonnie Howard, Suzanne Dege

SunRay Kelley Designs – Home.

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