Decline and fall of the yurt
The sad day finally came
--- yurt removal time. My brother Joey bought
the yurt in 2008
when he was living in the city and pondering purchasing land. He
figured he could use it as a retreat on our property whenever he
wanted, then move it to his new land. Mark and I loved having a
visitor who was willing to retreat to his own personal space once our
socializing powers ran out, so we were thrilled when Joey added
a wood stove to made
yurt camping fun even in cold weather.
After a couple of years
of joyous yurt visits, though, Joey started renting an underground
house way out in the
country, which fulfilled his yearnings and left the yurt vacant.
We still managed to tempt him over to visit with homegrown meals, but
he returned to his cozy woodland dwelling for the nights.
Meanwhile, weather (and
mice) were taking their toll on the yurt. This summer, the
natural canvas fabric making up the roof developed some pretty big
leaks, and the rodents began gnawing at the wooden supports. Joey
figured it was time to take the yurt down while it was still useable
(which hopefully it will be if the roof is replaced).
I asked Joey if he'd go
the yurt route again, and he said "Definitely!" Although the
structure wasn't cheap, we put it up in an afternoon and it served him
well for quite a few years.
Although I'm sad to see
the yurt go, I have to admit that it didn't make the perfect guest
cottage I'd hoped for. After tromping through the mud to get to
our trailer, I never was able to talk a single guest (except Joey) into
walking another city block through the woods (no mud, though!) to enjoy
our yurt accomodations. Instead, our nearby
seems to be the perfect spot to house visitors, complete with modern
If all else fails, I can envision the woodwork forming the base for the round chicken coop Mark keeps dreaming of. If so, we'll be sure to keep it clean and dry with one of our POOP-free chicken waterers.
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