Pandemic! Episode 9

WE GOT A YURT!

We had planned to put it on our vacant land in Stockbridge, but times are uncertain and I wanted it closer to home, so we have it in the yard.

Two Girls Farm Yurt, made in New Hampshire!

We had first looked into one made in NH, and we drove up to tour it a while back. I liked the people and some things about it, but the “fabrics” are vinyl, and I’m against plastics these days, so I nixed it. We did more research and wound up ordering from an outfit in Canada that imports them from Mongolia.

Slava toiled hard for days to create the superstructure for the yurt to sit on. Slava is a bit of a perfectionist, so he overbuilt it. Nothing to complain about there, of course.

They wound up delivering a month or so earlier than expected, right in the midst of this Pandemic. We wore gloves and masks and had a local, close friend help, along with Yves of Groovy Yurts. Yves is a long haul truck driver, and he got into yurts when he was living in his home country of Switzerland, and he was driving for a non-profit he’d started, driving school supplies to other countries in need. When he visited Mongolia, he didn’t want to head home with an empty truck (his motto: never drive an empty truck). Next thing he knew, he was importing yurts.

It took two days to set up, although it could have been one if needed. Yves arrived in the early afternoon, and we wound up early the next afternoon. I’m glad it was delivered earlier than expected, as we had good dry, clear weather. The work wasn’t as difficult as I expected (although admittedly, I was, as “the woman,” given lighter weight duty).

Groovy Yurts delivered the platform, which we put together on the substructure. Next, we erected the accordion – style wood lattice walls.

For scale, I am 5 feet tall. Not sure how tall Yves is.

Then we raised the Tono, the central skylight, held up by two beams. Next, the ceiling poles that created the structure of the yurt.

Tono, the central skylight.

We added the windows and door. Everything is held together with rough, beautiful, horse-hair braided ropes.

Day two, Yves, who had slept in his truck nearby, showed up bright and early. We added the thick felted wool insulation on top of the lattice work.

thick felted wool insulation. We used this in the ceiling and walls. The floor has foam insulation.

Next, we added the exterior canvases, window shades, and set up the stove pipe, stone slab, and little wood stove Slava and I recently purchased on Craigslist.

Yves left us with interior curtains and directions on how to keep the yurt going, and headed to his next appointment, hoping to beat the expected showers. After photos, of course. We took a few with masks, and a few without. I barely recognized him without!

It rained (and then snowed!) quite a bit after we set up the yurt. We solved a few minor leakage problems, and slept in the yurt a few times. It was pretty hot with the wood stove going, at least on a warm night. It sounds amazing when it’s raining. As a kid, I loved hanging out in our garage which had a corrugated metal roof, and the rain hitting the canvas roof of the yurt reminds me of it.

Our plan is to put in some primitive facilities (composting toilet, solar-heated shower), and then rent it out. For the time being, it’s taking the place of my storage space, plus room for friends and family who want to visit in a social-distancing manner.

We also are working on (well, mostly Slava is doing it) a cabin on our property, which will have a full bathroom and kitchenette. So, if you need two bedrooms, you can rent both!

One thought on “Pandemic! Episode 9”

  1. thank you so much for the nice story!! no you were not just given the light duties, you rocked! Still impressed by Slava’s prep work and looking forward to a post pandemic meeting 🙂

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