Well, shortly after we moved in the Pandemic began. We could not have moved at a better time…having nature and space all around us was key to maintaining our mental health during those early months of the pandemic and into late 2020 and early 2021. Our gratitude and appreciation for this place has soared to new heights!
The boys adapted home schooling to include a daily study of our pond ecosystem. In it’s first spring we saw the arrival of many species of native critters: rough-skinned newts, salamanders, 3 types of frog, dragonflies, water beetles, and the list goes on… 48 species of animals and plants all together when the cataloging was done. We delighted in seeing the connection of this man-made pond to the property and surrounding area. The bats arrived in significant numbers to do their nightly dance around the pond surface. The cats enjoy watching from the bedroom windows. We’ve had no significant issues with mosquitoes thanks to them…and the frogs!
The Barred Owls have thanked us for the end of construction by taking up position in the woods adjacent the house and calling to each other all night. Between them, and the vocal coyotes (who’ve made a habit of using the east side of the house as a super highway between 9pm and 2 am) we’ve been amazed just who active the property is at night. Deer sleep in the meadow or just outside the kitchen, or leave tracks and nibble-pathways through the garden. The meadow is a haven to deer and bees(when the clover blooms), mice and small critters, and the small birds who like to hide in the tall stems.
After we moved in, the house and property continued to need serious attention (landscaping, finishing interior elements, building stairs to the loft, trim, etc…). Conquering that large list of things during a Pandemic was nothing short of daunting. But, it’s now April 2021 and we feel that we are nearing a point of feeling more settled with the state of the house. Here are some photos of the interior in recent times…living here is bringing us lots of joy.
As you can see, we are indeed living the dream…while the Living Building Challenge was no cake walk, we feel really good about where it has brought us and life we’ve created. Having a limited array of high-quality materials, finishes, and furnishings has brought us a sense of ease and simplicity. Stay tuned for updates on landscaping and gardens.