Monday, 7 February 2011


Spring is almost here and I'm sure it will bring a few challenges such as sticky tree buds and ladybirds. The most obvious potential problem will be cooking bread and tatties when the temperature outside is warm. Lighting a fire will be out of the question, maybe it's time to start looking at caravan ovens.
On the subject of cooking, the camping stove that the Welshman threw in with a campervan I bought, has performed beautifully. It's hard to imagine how a full size hob could improve things, so it's staying put for now.
Spring will also bring a furniture review, sumptuous leather chairs for 4 aren't really needed, so three will probably go and be replaced by a beanbag and some more storage. Storage hasn't been a massive problem, maybe it's just a case of living to your means but I dare say it would zoom up the scale of importance if this mini adventure went full time.
One handy tip for anyone thinking of spending time in a yurt, keep your duvet in a wooden box while you are away, despite the yurt being totally waterproof, duvets and bedding certainly "felt" a bit damp after being on the bed for a week. It might have just been the cold, but keeping the duvet in the dragon box means that it's out of the atmosphere and stays fresh and dry.


Last week was the first time I've spent more than a weekend in the yurt, 10 days to be precise. What did I learn?
1) You HAVE to be tidy if you want to spend any time in a yurt. Not having corners means that you can't really get away from the socks you just threw across the floor.
2) Little things make live so much easier. Baby wipes for example are indispensible when you have a limited supply of water, I've used them for general cleaning, getting soot off the woodburner window, and more frequently wiping soot and ash from my hands.
3) Coal really sucks, even when you've stopped using it, the tar and filth lives in the chimney and fall out in lumps onto the nice clean canvas covering the yurt. There's a nasty brown stain on it now, entirely as a result of using cheap house coal.
4) Rugs are the way forward, by rugs I mean small rugs that can be taken outside and shaken out, not massive rugs that encompass the entire yurt floor. Another project for summer.
5) Wind can and will find any weaknesses in the cover and make it flap so furiously that it sounds like some kind of canvas armageddon. Easily cured by throwing big lumps of wood onto the roof to keep the join flat.