Friday, March 25, 2011

HELP! I'm Yurt and I Can't Get Up!

I was wondering the other day how I was going to open my next blog entry. I wanted it to be interesting instead of just a mundane, humorless rambling.

WELL... I got it now!

I was in a pretty bad car wreck yesterday afternoon on my way up to the property to take care of some yurtin issues. I just nearly totaled my SUV... my poor, poor SUV. I think I am developing an unnatural attachment to it? I only had one kiddo in the truck with me, thankfully the one that gets over stuff like this relatively easily. My oldest daughter, as resilient as she is... does not handle catastrophe's like this too well.

I am thankful, however, that things were not worse. I can only give all thanks and praise to God because under the circumstances its really nothing short of a miracle that we came out of that alive. There were no oncoming cars... and I didn't have my puppies in the back like I sometimes do, or they would just have been furry little missiles out the back window.

The roads are clear around here now. The snow has receded to only a few patches around the east side of the island. However it has been bitterly cold with higher winds and flurries popping up and blowing snow. So I was going along my merry way on a road that seemed devoid of anything treacherous, when suddenly we hit a massive snow drift that covered an entire section of road. I lost a bit of control of the truck and knowing better than slamming on the breaks (not that I had time to even FIND the darn things) I held on tight trying to keep us from spinning, but the SUV just drifted from side to side. That part... was the easy part. It was hitting pavement on the other side of the drifting snow at a 25 degree angle with the wheels pointing goodness knows where going 75 kmh was when things got violent and terrifyingly out of control. I don't know how the SUV didn't roll... (thanking God for angels holding it up). We slammed into a ditch on the opposite side of the road with huge piles of snow and ice whiped around a few times before coming to a stop on the oncoming lanes shoulder of the road.

We are blessed, a bumped head and whiplash for mom and a seat belt burn and whiplash for the man-child... but we are alive and well and mommy is going to stop procrastinating making a will and called her lawyer today hahaha! Plus... I got to meet a pretty awesome gentlemen who came to our rescue and drove us where we needed to be... and maybe even made a new friend in him.

Anyways, I haven't written for a while because my life is consumed by Yurts. Those Yurts have been waiting for building permits and I didn't want to get the cart ahead of the horse by talking about progress at the property without having my ducks in a row... I finally got those long LONG awaited permits in place last week so I am now free and clear to yack about yurts. I really was blessed with such a great building inspector guy. He was so kind to me and 'in my opinion' went beyond what he had to do to make them move through the system faster. Thank you God for putting great people in my path.

Speaking of great people, I am going to start posting pictures of yurt progress and my crew of guys working on it. They have also been a huge blessing to me and I daily enjoy their humor and input in life. Never a dull moment!

Now... to figure out (again) how to post pictures on here!

The Yurts tarped and burried for months!

This is how deep the snow was at the property without much wind to carry it away... over 2 feet of pure packed down snow!


The very first post in the ground! Six feet down!


Mah Yurt has LEGS!!!

This itty bitty cable is whats holding the roof up and the entire thing together...?


  1. nice place amber... good to see it done.

  2. Thanks. A bit of an old post lots more has been added on and moved around, but basically done...and for sale. Do I know you?

  3. after all the work selling aww that stinks... well a good go at... good on ya and the family! and the critters too!

    1. was a season and it was fun and interesting and entertaining and gained a lot of notoriety here... But i'm so ready to go now. I'll desperately miss living in the woods tho! Blessings have a good one...

    2. thank you... hope you recuop what u put in there.. did u mention that was 55 acres? good size chunk of dirt.. you could become an alpaca baroness!

  4. We are definitely not set to make up our losses on the property but I've come to terms with that a while ago. Its definitely worth its value anywhere else in the world, but real-estate here that is not directly waterfront or in town is just not regarded as worth much... which is sad cuz this is an awesome parcel and protected from the elements... i love it here... its my escape... but I miss BC more (if i could just pick up everything here and drop it out west... id be happier than the law allows)! It is 55 (maybe 54) acres of woodland and its all good hardwood firewood and some really nice stands of softwood that can go for quite a piece too. Its nice to just have unlimited hardwood to eliminate heating costs. There is at least 165 into the property maybe more... its being sold for 134,700 right now. Its priced reasonably for the area and property... but just about all properties here take a while to sell. Alpacas went to a new farm in Quebec last winter... I was so thankful. The people are amazing and I needed to get them out of the Maritimes... that was my biggest goal... for fear they would end up in the livestock trade here and in NS, it is deplorable, and they would lose their value and end up on someones plate... its becoming the plight of exotic animals in the maritimes. So they are happy, safe and I'm de-stressed. I liked living on a farm but i don't like doing any of the work... thats reasonable right?

  5. lol.. i can only imagine... a farm and livestock of any kind is a lot of work. out there seems the weather can be definitely unforgiving at times.I could never see myself living out like that full time and as for eating such an animal..thats just to strange a pallet for myself. a hunters getaway is what i see there providing its not protected land and has stuff to hunt. Thars any guys dream home away from home. :) When i get older to retire i will find myself somewhere like that.

    1. Yeah... big animals are a lot of work. I love chickens, rabbits, pigs, even a goat or two... but I'd WAY rather be sewing or baking... or anything else. My favorite pinterest tag went 'my favorite outdoor activity is going back inside' and i realized... that pretty nearly sums me up. Anyways... yeah the winter here sucks. The summer is amazing and I really do love it... the island has some amazing things... and for me to say that alone is a miracle cuz I have loathed this island since I set foot on it... but im coming around to see what is good... but I still need to go! The yurt handles anything the island can throw at it tho... pretty flawlessly. I'm not sure whats to hunt around here, but I know in the fall I hear lots of hunters around... pheasant probably? No big game here... I'm used to a place with deer, moose, bear etc. Fowel is something you shoot on the way home from work lol. Anyways... living here has been a gas... minus the homesickness.