Cob Summer

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First Batch of Cob

A cause for celebration! The first cob went on smoothly. After testing the clay around the property, we found the stuff dug out of the foundation was soft, light and a warm, Rosen color. By the driveway, where there was a bit of excavation, the clay was yellow, crumbly and hard on the feet. When the pile is gone, we’ll keep digging for a small pond. In the picture, it looks dark brown, but it will dry lighter. The final plaster layer will contain beach sand, too, so the final color will be close to a warm buff. We buried a little box of little treasures to mark the occasion.

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Up Goes The Roof

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Finally ready to start some serious cob. Site cleared; foundation dug; drainage and gravel trench installed; foundation rocks (most of them) hauled to building site and stacked; post and beams up! Next steps: rafters, tarp, mortar foundation and restart, then we are set for four-season cobbing! Lastly, we will finish the living roof. Hello, Summer!

Yurt Living, Negatives and Positives

Negatives First

Space. We run into each other a lot. The dog gets all confused and can’t find a way to get out of the way when we are both moving around.

Wind storms are scary.

Peeing outdoors during a windstorm is messy.

We didn’t pay the extra money for wall insulation. We regret this decision.

The walls can seep, wetting things you don’t want wet. (wish we got insulation!)

Rain can be louder than expected.

Never underestimate the value of sturdy out-buildings. (You’ll want somewhere else to go in the winter.)

Positives Second

When the fire is blazing, it is gloriously cozy.

No corners for loosing things.

Rugs were a good idea. And floor insulation.

We read books instead of watching television.

Food tastes better in the woods.

Two LED rope lights light up the entire yurt.

Oil lamps are a cool thing to collect.

The moon peeks right in the domed skylight.

In the summer, the sun does too.

I always smell of campfire, coffee and wet moss. My signature scent.
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