Posts Tagged ‘yurt’

New Year’s revolutions

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

These short and misty-morninged days around the winter solstice and turn of the year seem made for the purpose of reflecting, stock-taking, planning for the next year …

Misty morning on the quinta


Yurt shading

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Some friends who are seasoned yurt dwellers told me this last year and it’s been on my mind since: it’s not the rain that’s the main problem when it comes to living in yurts in this climate, it’s the sun. The sun rots the canvas covers, and under the full glare of the Portuguese summer sun, even a heavy 12oz canvas cover like this will only last 2-3 years. At over £500 a time to replace, it pays to take some measures to lengthen the life of the covers.

Not only that, but a yurt sitting in the full summer sun gets pretty hot inside. Too hot to be really comfortable, even with the roof open and the covers lifted around the base.


Yurt porch

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Finished at last, complete with arty-farty bits of tree. Not quite so easy to dismantle as originally intended, but still a stand-alone structure that’s not fixed to the yurt, and which allows the covers to be removed every year. The sawmill offcuts morphed into rough timber boards – there weren’t enough offcuts left of a suitable thickness.

Yurt porch after completion

The simple side, the walnut strut


Today’s progress

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

As well as the log stores, the porch for the yurt has been slowly coming together between other jobs – like harvesting peppers (green bucket), giant squashes and pine cone firelighters (orange net bag) – and I’m quite a way further on with the construction since my last post about it.

Yurt porch with roof, floor and one side complete


A porch for the yurt

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Having cut the timber from our woodland and let it dry sufficiently to be unsticky enough to handle (just), I got started on constructing the porch framework over the last 2 days.

Laying out and levelling yurt porch floor area

Laying out and levelling porch floor area.


Do Be Do Be Do

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

“To be is to do – Socrates
To do is to be – Sartre
Do Be Do Be Do – Sinatra”
Kurt Vonnegut

Somewhere in that quote above is all sorts of wisdom about Doing and Being, but the trouble is I’m so much in the Doing right now there’s no room in my head for reflections on the subject. So I’m sticking with Sinatra for the moment …


All fired up

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Christmas Eve. Seems a good time to get the stove finally in and working. I’d forgotten just how good this little stove is, and it draws to perfection with 3 lengths of 110mm flue pipe. At this rate I should have the yurt warm and dry and fit to move into within a reasonable time. Always providing I can source the firewood …



Monday, December 14th, 2009

Finally today, after umpteen delays and some prevarication (well maybe that’s a bit harsh – I really needed a bit of down-time after everything that’s happened recently), I arrived back in Benfeita with a van-load of stuff and the intention of being here for at least the next 2 months before having to go anywhere else again. (Oonagh is staying with her father in Asturias and will be here in the New Year.)


Yurt platform finished

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

The platform is now cut to size with stops at regular intervals to stop the walls from shifting. A heavy duty plastic strip has been attached right round the edge and folded up between the felt and inner canvas layers to stop rain being driven in. The outer canvas layer fits neatly over the edge of the platform, so the yurt should have no problems with rainwater coming in from the base.

Platform edge cut to size

Platform edge cut to size.

Steps were constructed from sawmill offcuts and offcuts from the platform floor.

Yurt platform steps

All that remains now is to fit the stove but we want to test out the Mongolian stove supplied with the yurt to see how well it performs and how much smoke escapes through its many air gaps before deciding whether to fit this one or the small Danish woodburner that we brought out from the UK. The lack of dampers on the Mongolian stove may decide us in favour of the Danish one.

Yurt raising

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Saturday dawned dry. While Aonghas mopped the overnight rain off the yurt platform, Oonagh and I shifted all the yurt bits bar the door down from the casinha, where they’d been stored since April, to the middle terrace (fantastic teamwork! High 5 guys!), and welcomed our yurt-raising team – Andy and Sophie plus WWOOFer Helen from Quinta das Abelhas, and Pete and Cynthia from Quinta da Mizarela.