The Cabin Years

The Cabin was 20' x 20'
with a full loft. 
Kitchen, bath and living room were downstairs.
Bedroom and studio, upstairs.
The crawl-space/foundation was used as a
root cellar and cold storage.

Water was gravity fed into the house
from a spring higher up on the hill.

2" x 6" construction left plenty of  room
for insulation. All wood came from a local
mill and was rough-sawn.

 

 

Attached to the cabin (on the left) was the wood shed.
Two cords of wood were needed to get through
the winter. Wood was harvested from the five acres
of woodlands that the cabin occupied.
As the wood was used up, a hand-made
barrel wood stove was exposed.  Statigically placed,
so that by spring, this stove could be used day and night
to boil down sap gathered from the maple trees.

Also attached, was a multi-leveled cold-frame
for making hardy the seedlings to be planted
after the last frost .

 

 

 

The Garden was the essential element to living
self-sufficiently. Much attention was given to
composting, tending the baby seedings, weeding,
watering, harvesting and putting up food.

Foraging for wild greens, mushrooms, berries,
nuts was another aspect of providing nutrition.
Fishing was another. There was also trading with
neighbors for milk, cheese and other goods.

Working at a local co-op, provided bulk items
such as rice, olive oil, etc.

 

And there were the chickens for a fresh
supply of eggs and some meat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Leroy, my resident scarecrow.

He did his job, because I never lost any
crops to the deer or other critters.

 

 

 

 

 

I will mention here, that Leroy stands
about 5'-5" tall......

 

I mention that so that one can see what can happen living in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

It was spring, the garden ready for planting.

April 30th......

 

 

 

 

 

That's Leroy, up to his armpits
in snow!

Planting was put on hold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cabin was warm and cozy.
In the center, was a wood cook-stove facing into
the kitchen, and a pot-belly stove facing into the living room.

Interior walls were made up of hardwood planks
gathered from a local mill that made pallets.

Freshly canned goods are seen on the counter.
Dried beans, rice, etc, can be seen in jars on the shelves.

With no electricty, cold storage was obtained by
sinking a cooler into the crawl space, with access
through a door in the kitchen floor.

And the black dog....my most loyal companion,
BearDog.

 

 

For eight years, this was our home. A simple, nourishing,
life of daily chores, walks through the woods and fields,
helping other back-to-the-land friends,
and still having plenty of time for painting and drawing.