Thanks, Amanda. The last couple weeks has been a rush to improve a lot of things -side and bury the shop- cover it with soil -plant garden - make steps to the uphill patio - saw lumber on the sawmill to do the above - add guard rails to keep visitors from making unscheduled flights off the roof, etc. :-/
Now for a little breather - put in a few more irrigation lines, then maybe start closing in the great room area, between regular work breaks.
We saw some cool places today, one homeowner who was very resourceful was making stucco by screening decomposed granite for sand as he dug it and landscape rocks from behind his house. A younger fellow, he was also a good welder, blacksmith and great artist and knew the value of having some nice piles of junk from which to create things.
He had a spring box with a solar slow pump pumping water to an elevated tank on the hill for gravity feed of water.
Another couple had a 2.8 kw solar setup that took care of their electric needs including charging the total electric Ford pickup they rescued from the crusher by staging a protest at the Ford dealership so they could buy it. Their total power bill is usually less than $400 per year.
These people are some I have to spend more time with.