Progress

outdoors pool in the middle of the woods

Odds and Ends

It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted a blog and there is a lot to report. First of all, our pool is finally finished. It is beautiful, but goodness, dealing with the pool contractors for the past five months was a total pain in the ***. I recently heard someone compare pool contractors to …

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Milestone

Five years.  That’s how long ago we purchased the property for Reverie Retreat.  If you had told us in 2012 how complicated it would be, and how long it would take, we most likely wouldn’t have done it.  It’s probably best that we didn’t know. And yet, here we are, five years later, and things …

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Progress!

  We are finally starting to make progress on Reverie’s project development. We finalized the Wildfire Prevention Plan, which had to be done before we could move forward on anything else. Preparing this plan required hiring a Registered Forester to prepare a draft plan that could pass muster with two different fire agencies: the local …

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Clean Water

As some of you know and have seen we are fortunate to have a lot of water on our property.One of the best things is the “irrigation ditch” in which we have the rubber ducky race.   But when we are not duck racing we use the ditch water for irrigating our fruit trees, vegetables …

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Building a bathroom 2

You might remember that after I finished building our Yome I wanted to build a bathroom (outhouse) behind it so that anyone staying in the yome has some additional comforts. I also mentioned that due to the bark beetle infestation many of our big trees have died, but since our neighbor now has a sawmill …

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Great News!

    Great News! Finally! We haven’t written a blog lately because for the past two months we were preoccupied with preparing for our hearing at the Planning Commission for our conditional use permit and didn’t want to write anything that would give anyone who might object to our project a stick to hit us …

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Reflections

    I like to spend the downtime over the holidays cleaning up, organizing, and trying to get to things that have been on my ‘to do’ list way too long. This year I’ve been going through old files trying to get rid of papers I don’t need anymore. I have a lot of files …

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Project Development Update

    It’s been a while since we updated everyone on our project development process so here’s a quick end-of-the-year status report:   Conditional Use Permit process: Well the permitting process continues to be glacial, but even glaciers do move. And so is this one…finally. We have completed everything that El Dorado County needs from …

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Rebuilding the Yome Home

    As you may recall from our previous blog entry I was left with a “broken” yome roof and a bruised ego in regards to my building skills. So as we were already in great need of a vacation Tamara and I first went on a long weekend trip to Portland by train (you …

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Building a Yome Home

Part yurt, part dome this “home” is more spacious and open without any fence-like latticework covering the walls and windows. We purchased a “do it yourself” kit which meant that we received the covering for the structure, the hardware (like bolts and nuts etc.) and “instructions” on how to build it. Before we received the …

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