Sunday, July 21, 2013

Welcome to Walden Cottage

Greetings from Walden Cottage.

As you may have heard, we moved house at the start of the month, and while we were sad to leave our home of three years, we are loving our new home even more!  

The set up is three 10x10 rooms in a railroad apartment layout with a 5x5 bathroom tacked on the back (the caboose).  But the real draw of the place was the outdoor space which has almost 600 square feet of living area including a covered deck, grape vines, dining table, room for two raised beds and a few half-wine barrel planters.  Oh, and a hot tub.

Moving day was a huge pain because we decided to move the garden as well (split between our yard and our landlord's yard), but fortunately our new home is just 2 blocks from our old home (which was just 2 blocks from our previous home).  We want to thank Mike, Blair, Kristin, Jared, Tim and Sascha for all their help on the 7th, and for making our transition here almost seamless.

We've decided to name our little house Walden Cottage because it's a space for spiritual growth, self-reliance and living in nature.  We expect to be doing a lot of outdoor living here: dining, gardening, reading, relaxing and swimming in our mini Walden Pond (the tub).

It's a bit run down but we've made it our own and feel very much at home already.

 Below are some photos we wanted to share.  We didn't include any of the bedroom as our bedroom furnishings consist of our California king size bed...and nothing else.

To those in the neighborhood interested in having a meal together under our grape canopy or jumping in the tub, email us.


Friday, January 04, 2013

Welcoming in 2013

Happy New Year!

As is our New Year's weekend tradition, we drafted our annual To Do Lists for the upcoming 12 months and we have already been busy checking things off the list. We spent much of the first few days of 2013 in the kitchen preparing homesteading projects including apple butter, french dijon-style mustard, rejuvelac, hot sauce, sprouts (mung beans and lentils) and cashew nut cheese. Many of these items were on our lists. And here are some other things that we hope to accomplish in the coming year:

One weekend of hike-in camping
Get my motorcycle license (CWB)
Cultivate head-stand, hand-stand and crow practice (PCB)
Teach yoga regularly (PCB)
Watch 3 new movies from the AFI Top 100 list
Attend the ballet
Complete a 5K Fun Run
Visit 2 new states
Visit 2 new hot springs
Attend 2 new festivals
Attend an orchid show

It's a new year so it's time to start new adventures (and blogging about them). If you feel like helping us with our goals or joining in the adventures, let us know!

Pearl & Chris