It is with a bittersweet feeling that I write this post, for this summer has been our last season in the yurt, at least for a while. When we moved in on Christmas eve 2014, we thought it would be just a temporary solution, for a couple of months at the most. We started looking for a piece of land to buy right away, thinking it wouldn’t take too long for us to find something. As we’ve learned (and heard from others in similar situations), ‘temporary’ is always longer than you think. A few months turned into almost two years, and though the search for land has been a bit frustrating at times, living in the yurt, for the most part, certainly hasn’t. We’ve tried to enjoy the yurt as much as possible this summer, although we had a lot of other stuff on our mind as well.

Daily Life in a Yurt: Second Summer

After an unusually wet spring, the weather turned at the end of July and we went from one extreme into another. The rain stopped and didn’t come back – a repetition of last years drought. I had planted some easy crops in the garden, but with the wet start and then the dry spell, it was a really bad year. The fact that I hadn’t spent enough time improving the soil last fall also really had an impact, as the soil was just really hard and dry. I just didn’t give it the attention it needs. There’s only so much energy you can spend, and pregnancy doesn’t leave much to spare. Ah well – as the neighbours say, there’s always next year.

Daily Life in a Yurt: Second Summer
Daily Life in a Yurt: Second Summer

Our life in the yurt had really settled by the end of winter. We had finally finished gathering or making all the furniture that we had envisioned, and our daily life had taken on a pleasant routine. In the last post I wrote how in the Spring we had overcome our winter blues and seemed to be gaining momentum again, funny enough by shifting our focus away from finding land for a bit. Our conclusion was that we just weren’t ready to make a big decision with the prospect of having a baby in the very near future. So we took a detour and started looking for a place to rent. It was a nice way to engage with the area again, and through our search we met some really lovely new people. Before long we found just the place for us, and next week we’re moving into a cute little house in the woods.

Daily Life in a Yurt: Second Summer
Daily Life in a Yurt: Second Summer

Knowing our time in the yurt would come to an end has made us look at it with new eyes. Unfortunately we have spent quite a lot of time in the house as well these past few months because of the temperatures. As we’ve found out last summer, the cold isn’t a problem at all – it’s the heat that is hard to deal with. There is just no good way to cool down the yurt, apart from creating more airflow or shade. Stef still worked in the yurt on some days, but in the last weeks of my pregnancy it got harder to endure. And then after Frida was born, it was just too hot for her to be in there during the day. For weeks we moved back and forth, spending time in the house during the day and sleeping in the yurt. This past week the temperatures dropped and we’re finally back in the yurt fulltime.

Daily Life in a Yurt: Second Summer
Daily Life in a Yurt: Second Summer

And it immediately felt so good! I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much at home in a place as in the yurt. It is just such a great space to be in. Maybe it’s the roundness, or the natural materials, or the fact that we built it, or the connection to nature. We’re already hoping this will not be the last time we get to experience this life. Life with a baby in the yurt has been just fine as well. It turned out pretty much as we had envisioned it beforehand in terms of the space and stuff you need. But I plan on doing an extra post on the baby-in-a-yurt-experience so I’ll save my thoughts for that post. I’m also working on a post on all the things we’ve learned from living in a yurt – what we need, what we thought we needed but don’t, what we’d do different, that kind of stuff. So if you have anything you’d like to know about I can include that too. Just post your questions in the comments. In any case I hope you enjoyed this yurt series! Maybe we’ll continue with the seasonal life update anyway, I quite enjoy documenting it all so who knows.

For now it’s already time to start packing. We’re looking forward to this next chapter, even though this too will be a temporary situation. I hope to have some more good news regarding land and such in our next update, we’ll see!

6 Comments

  1. Dilliander

    : Reply to Dilliander

    Lisa, how lovely to hear from you and Frida is adorable! Your house in the woods sounds just perfect for now and Yurt living has been such an interesting experience with many happy memories too. Take care and I hope in time you find that block of land you are looking for… it sounds promising from your end note :)

  2. Bastiaan

    : Reply to Bastiaan

    Leuke foto van jullie dochter. En een interessante update! Kun je de wanden van een yurt niet gewoon omhoog doen qua hitte? Vast niet anders had je dat wel gedaan.

    Ik ben benieuwd naar het nieuwe huis. Groet, Bastiaan

    • Lisa Kievits

      :

      Leuk idee maar dat kan inderdaad niet, het buitenhoek zit vastgespijkerd aan het vlonder zodat er geen ongedierte in de wol kan gaan zitten. En dan nog is het even heet als buiten, dus als het 30 graden is, is het dat ook in de yurt. Leuk dat je ons volgt!

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