I’m heading back to California today after 3 weeks in Vermont!! It’s been a whirlwind and there are one million projects and activities I didn’t get around to do – but my main goal was to work on my little cabin in the woods. I have a lot of ideas for the land I have here in Vermont — I dream of tiny retreats with teachers of magic, gathering all my friends to make art and play music, witchy gatherings in a series of tiny cottages and yurts. For now, though – I’ll be happy to have a place to stay when I visit, and a place to leave all the treasures I find when I’m here!
We got a lot done (my amazing brother is a genius!) – windows in, insulation, most of the interior siding, a floor for the loft. What’s left to do? Finishing the interior walls, the downstairs floor, interior and exterior trim, shingles on the outside, and a wee red roof. Phew!!
Here’s what you’ll see as you drive up, right before you turn at the little abandoned 1800’s schoolhouse at the end of my road.
Turn up the little dead end road, overhung with trees…
Past the copse of birches growing from the foundation built in 1800.
This granite slab from the foundation will be dragged over to be the step for the cabin, if only I stumble across some elephants to move it.
Over the babbling brook on a tiny footbridge!
Past the campfire!
Into the cabin! The loft is built of rough sawn beams with pine floor. A birch tree is built into the cabin and will become the ladder! I’ve whitewashed the walls but I think I will paint them entirely white – I’d love to have the whole upstairs white and black – no shoes allowed!! Right now, some things I had stored at my brother’s house and my parent’s house are being moved in – perhaps next a bed with storage underneath, and a tiny dresser? My next visit will need to be the decorating visit!! White walls, a farmhouse sink, an old fashioned red hand water pump, a built in closet, tiny table, chairs, and a woodstove!
Old fashioned nails for the floorboards.
So yes! It’s come a long way, and there’s a lot left to do.