Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url: http://flickr.com/photos/35090117@N05/collections/

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pool Cover

A little update on the pool cover we've been using.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Concrete work done

This week saw all the concrete work for the barn finished.

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Barn Beginnings

Construction of the Food Web model system has now begun. It's exciting!

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Catching Rain

The barn now has a roof and gutters, and has caught some rain.

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Barn Frame

The frame of the barn is now up and welded in place.  Everything is now ready for the covering.

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Barn Pens

Now that the risk of freezes has passed, work has started back up on the Food Web barn.

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Pens done

The concrete work inside the barn is finished.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fermented Foods

We have recently bought a wonderful book, "Wild Fermentation - The flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live-Culture Foods" by Sandor Ellix Katz, and Kimchi has come into our lives.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Orchard in the Making

With more water, we are starting to plan out a new orchard area.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Orchard in the Making

With more water, we are starting to plan out a new orchard area.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pool

Now that it's hot again, we got the pool back out and put it together.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Garden Started

We have two wicking beds planted and growing great.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Leo

The guinea pigs gave Leo a special present for his birthday.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pens done

The concrete work inside the barn is finished.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Barn Pens

Now that the risk of freezes has passed, work has started back up on the Food Web barn.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bacon Contest

Entered a new Instructables' competition, this one called "Bacon Contest".

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Weaned

At a year and nine months, Nicky is now weaned.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Grey Water Filter

We made a filter for the kitchen sink's grey water.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hot Water Panels

We had to fix (remake) our two water heating solar panels.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Guinea Pigs

About a week ago, we got a breeding pair of Guinea Pigs.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Vote for the FunFort

We have now completed step by step instructions on how to build the Funfort and we entered it into the Instructables "Holiday Gifts" competition.

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