The chalet is my winter bedroom. Actually, since the demise of the tent. It’s my year round bedroom. I love it.
Now its also 200 feet from my washroom. So last year I cheerfully hiked off through blizzard and snow. It was no problem. In fact. I love it. But. I am a guy. I am regular.
So this year I added a new feature to my off grid camp. It’s a girlfriend. Hey guys, guess what. The girlfriend doesn’t think hiking to the washroom in the middle of the night during a blizzard is romantic. Or fun. Or something she is prepared to do.
I start the wood stove in my studio every morning. Over the years I’ve developed this lazy boy technique. Rolled up paper? Nah. Fussy kindling? Who are you kidding. I need coffee. But I have to light the wood stove first.
I use wood pellets and a propane torch. For a written overview follow the more link.
A tale of table and a vast panorama of the new kitchen
Ah, "that state of methodical and undervalued anarchy common to bachelors" -- Carlos Ruiz Zafón
I was sitting in my comfy chair pondering my new cabinets when I asked myself a simple question: What’s next? I thought for a bit and I realized there was one thing I was still missing. A recent debacle involving food spilling into my lap may have, er, informed this perception.
I realized I need a kitchen table. I know. Sometimes … sometimes my friends I can discover the simplest of realizations through the most lengthy of processes.
I’m getting close. The problem: there’s never enough storage space. Solution: more cabinets.
Careful kijiji watching spots a pair of upper IKEA horizontal cabinets for $40 bucks. Light wood trim similar to everything else in my kitchen. Seemingly a score . Now, if you’ve been following along you know that there’s a rule in kijiji land. For every two scores you get one burn. So the whole time I’m driving into town to pick up the cabinets, which, by the by, were up for a suspiciously long time, I’m thinking, it’s okay, I’ve had quite a few bargains, if they don’t work out. I’m still ahead of the game.
Recently I was asked if lithium batteries( lfp) accept more voltage from solar panels than lead acid batteries (fla). The short answer is No. But, they do accept more amps! You see as your batteries charge the peak voltage limit is hit and then amperage begins to taper.
Tonight for supper it’s chanterelle mushrooms picked from a white pine forest, heavy cream and garlic over fresh turned potatoes. Beef steak (filet mignon) marinated in an organic soy sauce and hot chili for 24 hours. Sides of steamed fresh corn on the cob and yellow bean / hot pepper salsa.