summer gratitude

Today I am feeling grateful. I am grateful for all the beautiful things that summer brings. The splash of the river, the sweetness of berries, the warmth of the sun. 
I am reminded of the light that is all around, and I'm grateful to soak it in.

This summer I have been busy working on personal projects, as well as with Appleford Building Co. in Victoria, BC, who I am also grateful to be a part of. Kelly has been busy photographing the marriages of wonderful couples all over BC and the States as well as delving into personal photo essays and collaborations with many talented artists in our community.  We are feeling so inspired by the season and by the great work of those around us and would like to encourage you to follow our threads. These are folks who have inspired us, and guided us on our journey, and who knows, you might find some inspiration for yourself, your summer, or the future. 

Here is a little visual journey of our summer thus far. 



cob in the suburbs

Most cob structures we see are built in remote areas where the owners have lots of land and privacy. This oven however, was built in the suburbs on a small lot in a quaint neighborhood. Everyone who passed walking their dog or going for a jog had to stop and see what we were up to. And we loved it!  We want cob to be accessible and of interest to everyone. How amazing would it be if natural homes were included in building code?! Portland has now approved of light straw clay as an insulator and we are hoping more cities will follow suit. Change is happening! 

Here are some photos from cob in the suburbs!


to the sea

we had the pleasure of building a natural staircase from the top of a cliff right to the beach. not a bad view to work from!  we used repurposed wood along with driftwood and beached logs found on site. we always try to emulate the landscape into what we are building and I feel that these stairs truly blend right in.  


wooly friends

We are so lucky to have so many friends who live in such beautiful places. We are even luckier that they welcome us into their homes and lives. We recently spent some time on Mayne Island with our friends Alexis, Manny and their twin boys, Corey and Theo.  They have a beautiful cob house on their property that we stayed in. It was the prefect little get way for us! Alexis is an amazing fiber artist and I had the privilege of photographing some of her work. Bryce even took some shots too! (he's getting to be quite the photographer) 

You can see more of Alexis's work here



Why, hello there. Thanks for checking out our site and blog. We are really excited to share with you in our journey of natural building, farming, crafting, food making, community building and altogether good life living!

Heres a little visual journey of who we are and what we've been up to.