– Abby Jo
– Abby Jo
We looked at many tent trailers in this price range, they all had some issue (torn canvas, dirty, rotted floor) and to be honest, Daniel and I didn’t want another project. I was thoroughly discouraged with no prospect of finding one that would work for our family, when my husband said “Why don’t we buy a Bell Tent?” We have looked longingly at Bell Tents in the past, and always thought it a dream to buy one. Well, we got looking at the tents in the large size (Sibley 500 Pro). It looked like it would fit our family and was hundreds of dollars less than what we were looking at in a tent trailer, plus way more romantic! I say that’s win-win in my book.
210 sq.ft. of room.
Well first off, this is for Shaye at The Elliott homestead. We were chatting about a picture I posted on Facebook, this lovely one you see below. She said, “I want to know more about this area!!! I love the idea”.… Girl, this is for you!
However, I really liked the whole experience and can see how it really changed our family and taught us some serious life lessons. One of those is creativity, like thinking outside the box. I have mentioned this before, but I can’t stress it enough. I think homesteading, simplifying, and living with less can do this too!
The first six months on our property we camped, and it was so hot, like “I’m going to die it’s so HOT”.
We had our well up and running after three months, and promptly built two things to remedy the heat. One was an outdoor bathing area, which we used for bathing, but mostly to cool off. Next project was the water-misting gazebo. Daniel added these cool misters to our gazebo area (that we made out of living trees and wove it into a gazebo). We were on a mission to stay cool and we did.
Thus began another project: Operation Cool Down.
You will need some kind of really cool privacy fence, this can be wattle, string and sheets, or an old quilt…you get the picture. If you’re really brave you could just plant it out in the woods or behind a barn.
Next you need a feeding trough of some kind, pond liner, claw foot tub, or anything that holds water.
Now decorate this area. Make it your own, a place to hang towels, clean your feet off, fresh flowers, a chair or two. That’s it folks, super simple and anyone can do it!
Now, Shaye, I’m expecting you to get hubby to help you make an outdoor bathing area. I know you need this on your farm. 😉
Check out our Pinterest: I just made a new board on Outdoor Bathing!
No, we haven’t fallen off the earth. 🙂 We have been going through boxes that have been in storage for the last five years, and even though it feels like Christmas… I don’t want this STUFF anymore. Yard Sale for us at the end of the month. Less is more.
FIVE more weeks until little one is here. Nesting has commenced.
We have a youtube channel now, so come on over and subscribe and join us! We plan on adding lots of new videos, on cooking, homesteading, forgotten skills ect. This is our first Forgotten Way Farms video, hope you like it.
Note: Daniel and I may be living in a small town right now, but what we want to convey is what we have learned while camping, homesteading and living off-grid is in our heart and it can go where ever you go.
Whats up next on the blog? Well I want to talk homestead finances, Off-grid & On-grid culture shock, and babies (close to my heart)
My question to you is, do you like youtube videos done by the blogs you read?
This year the decision was made; we needed to set up a permanent
camping home on our property. With milk goats, ducks, chickens, and
the gardens, our over night camping trips are out of the picture, and
to be honest why pack up all your gear, kids, and animals when you can
make your own oasis in your backyard, roof top, or on the back forty.
Tips and Ideas
When looking for that perfect spot, you need to start with a spot that is restful and has a private setting to it. Are you going to pitch a tent, build a shelter, or move a vintage camper to the spot? If your not into camping outdoors, what about bringing dining outdoors. Dinning alfresco is so refreshing. Take an old door and put some chunky legs on it, or saw bucks and you have yourself a beautiful harvest table.Hang up old kerosene lamps or solar lights, toss a fresh salad and bring out some crusty bread and hummus. Breathe in that fresh air and enjoy your surroundings.
Need something super simple? Find a special nook under a tree, or
plant yourself a hedge of sunflowers, take a quilt and an old suitcase
to hold your books, journal, and writing paper and some refreshments.
Now you have your own little space to dream and write.
You could throw all caution out the door with an outdoor kitchen.
Cook outside all summer, it helps keeps your house cool too. Set up
under a canvas tent, barn or porch. I loved my outdoor kitchen we had
set up when we where camping. Everything just tastes better , and really keeps the house cooler 🙂
I think every outdoor eating area should have a fire pit. Outdoor
cooking is a must around here. We love our campfire cooker, it holds a permanent spot in our fire pit. It’s so thrilling to harvest your produce straight from the garden, and to cook a fresh dinner outside.
old furniture, cozy quilts, oil lamps, anything that would make your
outdoor space just as cozy and homey as your indoor space.
I’ve always loved the look of the old nomadic gypsy camps of day’s
gone bye. Utilitarian, romantic, and whimsical is the best way to
describe it. My vision is just that, a camp that is a home outdoors. A
restful place to cook, eat and laugh.
– Abby Jo
‘Mid pleasures and palaces, though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home – John Howard Payne
I need to do some photo shoots this week on some really neat projects we have been doing around the home including our home tour!
I linked up with Farmgirl Friday
Thrifty Things Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
“Just a note to let you know how much I am enjoying my outdoor cooking station. So far, I have successfully cooked a Beef Roast, potatoes, carrots, steaks, ect. I have even cooked breakfast with my cast iron. Best of all was my chili this past weekend. To top it off I was able to make the chili in a 100 year old bean pot.”