Kate Michaud

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63 and proud mother of an amazingly skilled daughter who's blazing her way through the Big City in this time of Covid.
Homesteading for 23 years on 32 acres, rural, 10 acres cleared, 22 bush/wood lot. Divers fauna, wildlife, landscape and terrain.
Goats, chickens, horses, zone 1, 2, and 3 gardens.
MA Visual Arts/Anthropology, Historian, Researcher, Logistics, PRI PDC Certified, and Deep Green Permie Practitioner. Hardworking, steadfast, creative thinker, no nonsense confirmed Hermitress and proud Crone,(meaning); "A woman who is venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom".
Zone 4b Ontario, Canada
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Hey Cam!

Thanks for sending me the link to this thread.  

*So glad to see how well your garden is doing.  

*Hugh and Gill are doing well, lots of big squash, but no pics sadly.
*Curragh has grown a lot, and is getting into plenty of mischief.  
*She has turned out to be an excellent escape artist.

*The second rocket stove is almost done.  A finishing coat is all that is required before starting the warming fires.

I hope to have some pics this Fall.

Cheers!  K
Hi Michael.

Having a great time reading about your yurt.  

I'm in zone 4b Ontario, so there should be no issues come winter.   I'm not the one living in the planed yurt though, and you're right about what creature comforts someone is accustomed to is an important factor.  I think attitude or perception would also has some relevance, "improvise, adapt, overcome" would be my take on it.  

I like the idea of your cold storage with a trap door underneath the yurt, very ingenious.  Is the cold storage counter sunk in the ground to any degree?

I'm going to refer this thread to a young couple who are ordering, or may have already ordered their yurt from the same company as yours, and are looking at moving onto my property for the long term.

From your posts here I gleaned some additional info about how it could be set up.  The pics are definitely helpful.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers!  K
3 weeks ago
Great!  Property is evolving with Permie projects all the time.  Life is good!

I have one other permanent Permie person on the property, and a young couple who may move here come September.  
Gardens are lush, goats are doing well (upgraded to pure Saanen stock), with lots of dairy product.  

Under my signature there are 2 links to the Homestead, if you're interested in viewing them.

Cheers!  K
3 weeks ago
Hi David.

Where in Canada are you located?

Cheers!  K
3 weeks ago
Hi Jen.

I'm a whole 30 minutes away from your location.  
Wow!  An actual Permie neighbour.
I will PM you with coordinate details if you want to visit.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago

Lorinne Anderson wrote:Kate: a powered wheelbarrow?!?! Any pics?Sounds like a dream! How much $$$, and where from?

Any Makita dealer, or serious hardware dealer should have it or can get it in.  I paid $1,500.00 + $150.00 for the flat bed.  Like I said, not cheap, but at 63 years of age, it's money better spent than on physio!

- The total package;
- the wheelbarrow,
- the duel charger,
- 4 batteries,
- and the flatbed.
1 month ago
Forgot to mention the Makita electric wheelbarrow has a 290 lbs payload.

1 month ago
After saving up for a very long time, I got myself a Makita Electric Wheelbarrow, a wonderful piece of equipment.  Duel rechargeable batteries + charger, 2 speed, + reverse gear with alarm.

On those days when I've overdone it, the wheelbarrow actually helps me get back up the hill.  
Not cheap mind you, but I figure I'm worth it.  This wheelbarrow will keep me self-reliant and autonomous for sometime to come.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago
Tiny houses on blocks may have more to do with:

1)  Ability to pick up and transport, considered non permanent structure and therefor cost less in Municipal land tax, and require fewer permits.
     Because they sit on blocks on the ground there is little in the way of frost heave that would damage the structure.

2)  Buildings on foundations are considered "immobile" and Municipal by-laws require building permits, and land tax is greater.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago
Cam it was a pleasure having you.  

Your enthusiasm, positive attitude, and relaxed demeanour have been energizing.   I have to say, that you have been the only "visitor" to this Homestead who persevered in learning how to milk and care for goats, and very well at that.  The livestock will surely miss you, and will require some extra attention on my part to make up for the void left in the wake of your return home.  But such is life.  I hope your experience here will serve you in some way in future.  

I've packed you off with some Permie essentials; comfrey plants, grape vine, jostaberry cuttings, good King Henry, walking onions, goat cream and yogourt, and of course some Homestead Hard Cider.  I hope you will keep us updated with progress in your "Permie Garden".   When ever you should be this way, please do stop in for some goat yogourt and a cream topped coffee.  If ever you should get the notion of doing all this again, I'm all for it, our door is always open.  Thanks again for all your help this growing season, it has been much appreciated.

Wishing you all the very best in your endeavours and adventures, as I have no doubt that you will succeed at whatever you put your mind and energies to.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago