Rake, pruner, saw and transit prepared the new tent site, and I have my wonderful brother Aubrey to thank for doing so much to get the whole thing set up. He did an amazing job building the platform (with support and assistance from yours truly:) and helping me figure out how to set up my new home.
You can read where I first posted about my new adventure here, last June!
This is the complete tent package. My entire house fits in a dufflebag!
The design of this tent is simply genius. Each piece had it's place, and now that we've figured out how to do it, the thing only takes about ten minutes from start to finish to erect!
Next, we used a huge logging tarp as the tent fly, and once again, it was due to my brother's genius that we somehow got that giant, ridiculously heavy thing to hang nearly 20 feet in the air, protecting the tent (and my belongings) from heavy rains.
The process of setting up a new house is so exciting! The first week or so, this was the general configuration. For the first time in my life, I had all of my shoes together in one place instead of being stowed away in boxes and barrels, and I could finally put out pictures and decorate! Some friends actually gave me the beautiful blue carpet, which not only was the perfect size, but is a lovely short pile texture that is great for sweeping out with the broom.
Yes, living in the tent all summer long really is like a fairytale - everything is warm, breezy, and light, and when the living is easy, camping outdoors for the summer is just the best.
When winter comes around, that changes to a much more difficult, challenging adventure, and the living isn't so easy. Every day is a battle with the elements, and struggling to simply survive takes strength and determination. I was blessed with a remarkably light winter this year, but even so, I've never looked forward to the warm, carefree summer life with so much eagerness before! =)
But in spite of everything, getting to call this magical place my home for going on one year is an adventure I wouldn't trade. I am so thankful.
Stay tuned for part two: The interior!