Breaking Ground … hard frozen ground…

If I knew how much work it would be to develop a property would I have gone ahead and purchase raw land? This is a question that I’ve asked my self many times and lately others have been asking it of me as well.   My answer is, quite honestly, I don’t know!  At this point in the game there’s no going back and I am 100% thrilled about the project …. but with the financial stresses and many delays it’s definitely been a challenge to keep a calm mind. I’ve gone into panic mode a few times in the past year but thankfully have good friends to talk me off the ledge… it will all work out, it will be ok, you will come out the other end and forget all of the challenges and struggles.

The interesting thing is, is that when I reflect back I can really see that everything has happened as it should. All of the delays that cropped up gave us time to make some really great changes in our plan.

So, the latest news from Raven’s Perch is that in mid-October we got our permits to go ahead with the build and just this past week Jessie and his crew broke ground. They had to work against cold weather to get the trench dug and water/electric lines laid … temperatures at night dipping down to -9 degrees Celsius.  All this has been done – lines to the small cabin, lines to our home and a third line to the edge of the slope that will be used for the property in the lower lot at some future point. 

The concrete was poured Wednesday and will take a few weeks to dry – it is covered with insulated tarps to help it along. The first Nomad shipment is due this coming Thursday which is very exciting news! Once the concrete is ready then the crew can start assembling the first two cubes which will make up our home. Because of the weather it may be spring before we gain occupancy … even though the homes should go up within a matter of weeks. I’ve surrendered control of any particular outcome so (as I talked about in an earlier post) what will be will be.

I’m so glad that we didn’t know what we didn’t know just over a year ago when we first walked onto this piece of property! I’m glad I didn’t let fear of the unknown affect my decision – I’m glad I was “The Fool” and stepped off of the cliff ready and open to have an adventure. I’m learning so much, not only about project management and property development, but about myself.

The Fool represents new beginnings, having faith in the future, being inexperienced, not knowing what to expect, having beginner’s luck, improvisation and believing in the universe.

Since I am back in Victoria now for a few months, Steve is sending regular photographs (the pictures in this post are by him… thank you Steve!). I’m hoping to have a tree mounted camera in place by the time that the guys start assembling the Nomads so that I can witness the construction via time lapsed videos!  I’ll be sure to share them with you.

What’s in a Number?

A few years ago I took Numerology course with the amazing teacher Brenda Lawrence through the Inner Quest Foundation in Victoria, British Columbia.  The field of Numerology isn’t new, it was begun by Pythagoras way back in 569 B.C.  The theory is that each number carries a certain vibration that equates to certain qualities which can predict a persons personality among other things. According to Numerologists nothing happens by accident, everything happens because of numbers.  Mathematics  explains the whole of the universe and we, as human beings, are made up of particles of the whole of the universe… so it all kind of makes sense. 

I am fascinated with and love numerology and the insight that it can provide into self, relationships and even homes.  The funny thing is that me and math (or numbers) did not have a happy start – I barely passed grade 9 math, repeated grade 10 math  and then gave it up after my second time through. I tend to be somewhat dyslexic when it comes to numbers as well so it makes me chuckle that I am so very drawn to this subject.

So now, to the point of this post – when I bought the property it’s recorded “address” was PL-NEP20007 Hoodikoff Road. I could guess what the first number was going to be based on the neighbouring lots but beyond that I didn’t know. Thinking I had to wait for all of my permits to be issued before I received a number, I patiently waited. It wasn’t until I spoke with Bruce (the milling guy) that I realized I could apply any time.  That afternoon I made a call to the regional district office and  Bob’s your uncle they said I’d have a number in a few days!  

When the email arrived it stated that I had not one but two address numbers… This, apparently, because there are two individual structures on the property and the address numbers are useful in the case of emergency.  Using my knowledge of numerology, I immediately brought each of the four digits to single digits and ended up with one address (5631) being a “6” energy and the other a “4” energy.  We will be using the address number that equals “6” because it’s more in line with our hopes and dreams… (read at the bottom of the post if you’re interested in what 6 represents). 

We will often be referring to this property as simply Raven’s Perch as it is a big part of our project so that in itself carries a huge amount of weight when it comes to understanding the vibration that we will be imprinting on the property… Or, wait! Did we pick the name or did the property “speak to us” and reveal it’s name?  That’s where the metaphysical esoteric intuitive arts get all mind warp-y and why I find it infinitely intriguing!  Anyway, I digress… I did the numerology on the name (for those new to the topic, each letter is associated with a number and once you’ve worked out what numbers align with each word you narrow it down to a single digit). Raven’s Perch is an 11/2 and the 11 particularly resonates with me and this particular property because the moment we first saw it we both felt an instant pull and we even agreed with each other that this is a truly magical place… (read at the bottom of the post if you’re interested in what 11/2 represents).

The intention is to use the property not just for ourselves but to have people stay in the guest suite (hopefully to use it as a retreat from the outer world due to it’s beautiful natural setting), to run workshops on the land related to gardening and natural healthy living (we’re setting up tree stump seating in the forest grove), and who knows what other ideas are yet to be borne. Since we do plan on making it a very active place, these numbers will not only influence us as stewards of the land but also will influence those who come to visit! I will be interested to see how people end up responding to the land and their experience on the property.

You don’t have to know about numerology and understand it for it to work. You’re already living and breathing it!    All of the above to say, I am thrilled with the address that I received!  Below is just a very brief description of the numbers 6 and 11/2.

Interesting to note that within the Tarot, the number 11 is associated with the Major Arcana card “Strength” which in turn is also associated with Leo the Lion in Astrology (which is coincidentally my birth sign).  

Here’s some information about 6 and 11.
5631 (equals 6) This number is the vibration of love, service, compassion, creativity, and artistry. It is said that a 6 house is a home with heart.  It is a great home in which to raise a family and these homes are often filled with children and animals. The 6 house is conducive to its owners hosting intimate gatherings with friends as opposed to wild parties.  Those living in a 6 home can have a tendency of becoming a bit reclusive or not leaving home because it’s so wonderfully harmonious!  It is a great home to run a service-based business, particularly one that is heart-based and/or has an aspect of healing. It is an address in which artists and teachers will thrive.  Under the influence of this number a person living in a 6 house will probably make some wonderful friends and have much enjoyment as it is the most favourable number for harmonious co-operation.   

Raven’s Perch is an 11/2. First of all, looking at the number 2 – this number is known to bring balance to life. This number is excellent for those who love to derive happiness from the little things in life (such as a tiny home!). It is also for people who are kind, generous and believe in creating long-term relationships.

Looking next at the number 11 – homes with the energy of “11” are extremely powerful, intuitive, and they hold an almost magical energy as well as irresistible charm and allure. In this place you will find your intuition and psychic abilities awaken.


Greatness Takes Time

I’m back in Victoria, we didn’t get as far along as I wanted to this summer with our build due to some delays with the delivery of the Nomad home components… seeing these words on the side of a building made me pause and reflect that everything is going to work out as it should and will probably be even better than I expected and as the saying goes, everything that is worth having takes time and doesn’t come easily.

I have a memory of my godmother Kathy singing a song to me … Que será, sera – Whatever will be, will be – The future’s not ours to see – Que será, sera – What will be, will be … this song has been looping around in my mind lately as well. I need to remember my own advice when I’m teaching my yoga class! B R E A T H E

One really cool thing that I got to help out with on my last visit is the milling of some of our cedar and fir. A local guy named Bruce came to the property next to ours where our wood is being piled and brought his portable milling equipment. The process of milling with this equipment is interesting to watch – hydraulics make it so that one person can manage the job! I think Bruce was pretty happy for the company and help though, made things go a little quicker. I was sad to have to leave before the job was done.

Wood-Mizer portable sawmill

The wood needs to be stacked so it can dry and we will likely use this for future projects like a carport next spring.

I’ll be heading back up to the area in mid-September and hopefully get a little farther along before the ground freezes and snow flies! But whatever happens, and however long it takes, I am incredibly grateful for this little piece of paradise that I get to play on for a time. Each time I visit I fall more and more in love with it – making new friends in the neighbourhood, watching the wildlife, getting to see the land in different seasons.

Stay Present

I’m back in Nelson for a visit and just visited the Raven’s Perch property. There’s been a lot more work done with respect to clearing – it’s a huge job! We now have our new driveway which we’re thrilled about, it creates a nice entry onto the property. A few more trees will be felled in order to provide us with enough material for our projects – and a bit to sell to offset the costs of milling.

It’s been busy on the “administrative” front as well… permits, banking, contracts signed – at times it has been somewhat overwhelming! I am often glad that I didn’t have any idea what I was getting into because I might not have done it!

Staying present and in the moment is really important and I’m glad I have a solid spiritual practice which includes meditation and yoga to keep me grounded. But even so, under stress the mind wants to take control, leap forward into the future and throw in all the “what if’s”.

I will post a few video’s on my YouTube channel during the next week … hopefully you’ll take the time to watch and if you like what you see give it a thumbs up and follow me! Things will get even more interesting once the Nomad’s are delivered and construction starts in early September.

But in the meantime! The Present is pretty awesome, and I am grateful.

Getting Started at Raven’s Perch

A lot of site prep has been going on at the property and we are hoping that by the end of the summer we’ll have our tiny homes in place!

I was out on the property the other day to check out the latest bit of clearing taking place and while I was there I decided to create my first video which I’ve loaded on my YouTube channel. As this is all very new for me it felt a bit odd standing in the middle of the woods all by my lonesome talking to my phone … well alone, until I realized that there was a good sized black bear hovering in the bushes not that far from where I stood!

Please – gulp – watch the video and if you’re interested in following along this journey of our development of tiny homes and then further on when we delve into permaculture and other fun stuff please subscribe!

Making space for the tiny homes!

Hello world!

Exciting things are about to happen on a 5 acre parcel of land in the Slocan Valley … a gem of a place called Winlaw! Stay tuned!