Hey Friends! So it all begins....
Jameson and I have been needing some sacred space for years now. We love our life on the road playing music and traveling but we have been feeling the need to have a place to call our home and to share with others. We need to start repaying the years of hospitality shared with us.
Our dear friend Parker lives on a magical piece of land just a few miles East of downtown Richmond. On that land there is a little cabin which has been abandoned for probably 40 years.
Fortunately, last year, someone began the cleansing process. They moved out all the old furniture and swept the floor however, the cabin still needs a ton of love.
Jameson and I have been working on the inside for a couple days now. I have wiped down all the walls and fixtures with a sponge and bleach water (6 parts water 1 part bleach) to get off the mold and dust. We cleaned the windows which is letting a lot more light into the space.
In the right corner of the photo above you can see a wooden box. That is a built in bed frame. Jameson just extended the bed frame so it would be a double instead of a single. He used a hand saw and salvaged wood.
Right now the house does not have any electricity of plumbing so we are using candles to give some extra light. Eventually we will run an extension chord to the main house and have a few LED bulbs burning. We are trying to stay as energy efficient as possible and to really be aware of our consumption. One day I hope to be totally off the grid, this is our practice.
We plan to carry water down from the main house. We have a few containers and a Brita water filter. The house is on well water, which is really exciting for me. I took a sip yesterday and it was wonderful to not be able to taste the chlorine. I look at the land and I see so much richness, all the minerals in the soil and water, perfect ingredients to grow nutritious food.
The previous inhabitants left all sorts of thoughtful forest themed decorations like this pine cone and candle chandelier and these very 1950's curtains. Some we will keep and others we will use in other ways.
I'm going to try to keep this blog as a log of our journey. Feel free to ask questions in the comments. Hopefully I will have the time and where-with-all to document this process well.