Living in the mountains, we adapt.


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Living up in the mountains, we always find ways to adapt, take water for instance. When we first moved to our cabin the only water was from one faucet outside. We traced the source and discovered that the earlier folks had tapped into a spring a 1/2 mile up the hill. Later we built a dam up there, widened all the water lines, and plumbed it into the house. This worked great for many years, until the drought started.

innovatorsemblemScrimping and saving we bought water storage tanks one every year. With storing water comes problems, which required adding chlorine. We didn’t want to do that, we wanted to keep the water fresh, So Bill devised a system where water would flow from one tank to the next constantly keeping it fresh. Once the water flows out of the last tank we designed a little water fall and a man-made creek for the extra water to flow down hill and back to the creek below in the canyon. Later we added a pond for fire protection. Still allowing extra water to flow back into the creek below, it’s a contributor to the upper Butte Creek.
I added my touches, plants, trees, bridges, and created this beautiful little creek flowing through our yard. Such a pleasure to see in the mornings that I had to share!

Oh you may be wondering what the buildings are, on the left is our herb processing and drying room for our body care products, between buildings is our access to the herb garden. The building before me is our garage that we built too with a game/sewing/crafts/train layout room upstairs and a nice viewing deck and below is where we keep all our garden tools, etc. All made with mostly recycled materials.

Not too bad for just two people, huh? ~Darcy Stoddard

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