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/

Monday, February 20, 2017

Andy Warhol

"Land really is the best art." - Andy Warhol

Papa-less

Last week, Abe went to stay with Vickie in her new house. They spent most of their time setting up utilities and buying furniture, but they still got to enjoy a little of the new scene. The area, near Austin, sounds pretty cool, with a lot of museums, activities, restaurants, etc. Plus, it is all so green!

The house itself is gorgeous, with a small forest to enchant Abe, and a treehouse, pool and basketball hoop to excite the kids, who cannot wait to visit.

As for us at home, it was the first time that the kids have ever been apart from their dad overnight, so it was weird. In fact, it's one of the very few times that he and I have been apart since we got together. Still, Leo and Nicky were good as gold, which made everything easier, and the time flew by.

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Papa-less

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Henrik Ibsen

"A forest bird never wants a cage." - Henrik Ibsen

Friday, February 17, 2017

Paul Dirac

"Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star." - Paul Dirac

Over 3,000 Bakers Are Now In Business, After Minnesota Eased Restrictions on Selling Homemade Food

Over 3,000 Bakers Are Now In Business, After Minnesota Eased Restrictions on Selling Homemade Food

Comparing growth and harvests in adjacent strips, dug and no dig

Comparing growth and harvests in adjacent strips, dug and no dig

Hog Killing Time (excellent longread)

Hog Killing Time (excellent longread)

This is how we dry & use wild Lambsquarter

This is how we dry & use wild Lambsquarter

The Compost King of New York

The Compost King of New York

Herbs: History,Types, Uses, and Cultivation

Herbs: History,Types, Uses, and Cultivation

Why nature restoration takes time: fungi grow 'relationships'

Why nature restoration takes time: fungi grow 'relationships'

Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world

Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world

Do Trees Have Feelings: The Hidden Life of Trees in 4 Minutes

Do Trees Have Feelings: The Hidden Life of Trees in 4 Minutes

Permaculture Keyline Water Systems: Don Tipping @ Seven Seeds Farm

Permaculture Keyline Water Systems: Don Tipping @ Seven Seeds Farm

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lao Tzu

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." - Lao Tzu

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pamela Hansford Johnson

"The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." - Pamela Hansford Johnson

Solar well pump

During rain season, our pond collects a vast amount of water; when full it holds about 300,000 gallons. However, we lose quite a bit of this over the rest of the year to evaporation. Although this loss should reduce as trees and water plants increase and provide shade, that may take a while. In the meantime, we are looking for ways to make use of the water before it evaporates.

We have just bought a pump that runs on solar. It can pump about 600 gallons of water a day (more in summer when the days are longer). Our eventual goal is to build a huge tank on the top of the property, which will then be able to provide pressurized water to the whole hill. For now, we will be watering the orchards and gardens directly, as well as filling up the current irrigation tank as it goes down (it's full at the moment).

We plan to hand-dig a hole just off the side of the pond, which will act as a well. We will be able to pull the pump up the casing if maintenance is needed, and add filtration measures to the well itself. The only problem with this is that we need the pond to dry up in order to dig the well! So, we are currently trying to use up the water. We put the pump inside a PVC pipe and wrapped it in a feed sack as a basic filter, and then just sunk it in the middle of the pond, which is currently about 4 feet deep.

We have four months left until rain season begins, so we should be able to use up the water currently held in the pond (evaporation will help us out too). What it means is that the trees we currently have planted will be receiving a LOT more than we usually give them, and we will be planting out the hundreds of little trees and shrubs that we have had growing in our little greenhouses (we would normally wait until rain season to plant them out).

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Solar well pump

Sunday, February 12, 2017

John Lubbock

"Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven." - John Lubbock

Solar pump


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Friday, February 10, 2017

Robert M. Pirsig

"The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there." - Robert M. Pirsig

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Albert Camus

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." - Albert Camus

Monday, February 6, 2017

Max Muller

"I believe I can even yet remember when I saw the stars for the first time." - Max Muller

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Francois Rabelais

"Nature abhors a vacuum." - Francois Rabelais

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Aldo Leopold

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." - Aldo Leopold

Cattle Panel Greenhouse - Design and Build

Cattle Panel Greenhouse - Design and Build

Splitting fence posts by hand - Riving Demonstartion

Splitting fence posts by hand - Riving Demonstartion

Hickory Nut Brew - How to Make

Hickory Nut Brew - How to Make

Compost Fed Chickens

Compost Fed Chickens

How to build your very own mushroom farm from scratch, from mushroom spores to grocery stores and everything in between

How to build your very own mushroom farm from scratch, from mushroom spores to grocery stores and everything in between

GoAts - Pasture

GoAts - Pasture

Tiny front yard - Lots of food - only year 1

Tiny front yard - Lots of food - only year 1

Portland teen discovers cost-effective way to turn salt water into drinkable fresh water

Portland teen discovers cost-effective way to turn salt water into drinkable fresh water

Thursday, February 2, 2017

John Webster

"Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together." - John Webster

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