This autumn was all about getting back to quiet living for us. The summer is such a busy time, with the garden demanding full attention, holidays and my family in law staying at the house. Plus making my own wedding dress, and at the end of course our wedding. I felt like I hardly got any work done during the summer with all these distractions, and I was happy to get back into a working routine when Autumn rolled around. After the exceptionally hot summer it seemed the weather had returned to normal by September. The nights grew colder, the leaves turned into all colours, and we had those beautiful foggy mornings. Autumn is maybe my favourite season around here.
Now that I’ve finally finished organising my sewing space, I thought I’d give you a tour! The unique challenges with a yurt are mostly it’s round walls made of a wooden frame and cloth, and the limited space. Plus it is one big room – I can’t make a mess and the just shut the door behind me. When it comes to sewing as a hobby, I think the challenge is that there are all these different parts of the sewing process that have their own requirements in terms of space and equipment needed. You need a place to sew, a place to iron and a place to cut fabric. And if you’re a designer, you also need a working desk and a place to draft patterns. Then there’s storage: for fabric, for patterns, for tools, haberdashery and works in progress, maybe even multiple machines. With the space I have I think I’ve pushed it to the limit, not feeling crowded when I sit at my desk and still being able to perform all these tasks. Enjoy the tour!
Autumn is officially here, and it’s time to look back on our summer. We are still learning what it means to live in a yurt and every season brings its lessons. Winter taught us how easy it is to be warm and comfortable even with freezing temperatures outside. Spring showed us the benefits of living in close connection with the outside. Surprisingly, Summer has proven more difficult than we anticipated. We’ve had an abnormally hot June and July, with temperatures above 30°C (86°C) and no rain for 6 weeks. In weather like that, the yurt works just like a tent, absorbing all the heat and no real way to cool it down. There were quite some days where we had to be either outside or in the house, that stayed cool with its thick stone walls.
We all know how the weather can influence our perception, our mood and our daily life. I’ve found this even more true now that we live in a yurt, in a closer connection to the world outside than ever before. The last time I wrote about our daily life in a yurt (go read here, I discovered I somehow only published half the post last time, the rest is up now too) was the end of March. We’d had snow and ice, rain and wind but the wood stove kept us warm (hot, even) through those months. As I’m writing now it’s like we live in a different world: everything is green and growing, we have door and windows open to keep cool, and the crickets are chirping in the warm evening sun.
Today I finally want to show you what our yurt looks like on the inside, and talk about what it’s like living here. It’s been a while since the last Building Our Home post but it took us quite a while to get organised. We’ve been slowly gathering stuff, and figuring out how to decorate a round space. For us living here has already become normal, but the first few weeks we keeps pinching ourselves to make sure it was real. We didn’t have time to settle in slowly. When we moved in around Christmas, winter was around the corner and we got lots of rain and wind, and after that a solid two weeks of snow. The roof leaked until we rubbed the seams with beeswax, and the crown started cracking so we had to secure it with more screws. I was afraid this was only the beginning, but we fortunately we haven’t had any problems since.