Outdoor Living Bathing/Cooling Area
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!
Living without power for over five years has its ups and downs.
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.
Fast-forward five years, we just moved to our little town homestead. No air conditioning, it’s super hot, and I wanted my outdoor bathing area again. I need a place to just chill after a long day with a cranky newborn (I’m in love with the little guy, but the poor thing had colic for the first three months) and way too hot of temperatures.
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!
It works wonders after working in a hot garden. Just mosey over to your bathing area and take a nice dip. I’m serious, it really cools down your core and helps keep you cool for the rest of the day.
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!
– Abby Jo