Thursday, March 24, 2016

At the Library Last Night

When we were getting ready to build our earthship, Rick and I were desperate to talk to anyone who had lived in one or built one. Touring the ones in Taos and taking the three day workshop with Michael Reynolds was great but that was a business and we wanted the perspective of folks who were doing it on their own.  Ann Landman and Dave Dashner who gave us tours of their homes and advice on their experiences were a huge help. So, we decided to give back. Last night, at the New Castle Branch Library, we presented a couple of short videos I made several years ago about how our house works. We showed images of the building process and what it looks like now and talked about our experience. It was an enjoyable evening spent with folks who care about leaving the earth in the best condition possible, lowering their consumption of fossil fuels, and living responsibly while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Really enjoyed meeting so many awesome folks.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A couple of recent kitchen photos.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Leaping Lizard Earthship Available for Vacation Rental

Well, I finally have it posted. We are accepting guests to experience earthship living and enjoy the beauty that is Leaping Lizard Ranch at Ladder Canyon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stay in the Earthship

We are going to be making our earthship available as a vacation rental. Watch for updates or email me dherald @ for info.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Raising the Panels

The Autumnal Equinox occurs this week which means the sun has hit the point where it is low enough in the sky that the angle of the solar panels needs to be changed to harvest the most energy from the sun.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day with the sun shining and the wildflowers blooming so Rick and our grandson Jack went up on the roof of the earthship to move the panels to their winter angle.

Meanwhile, SophieTom took a dip in one of the rock depressions on the edge of the canyon.

From the front of the house you really can't see the photovoltaic panels because the ground slopes down quite a bit before hitting the canyon edge. If you peer carefully between the two cedars you can see a little bit of the raised panels. The panels visible to the left of the trees are the hot water panels that keep the earthship toasty all winter with in-floor radiant heat. Those panels are not lowered during the summer because we don't heat the floor then.

I love our home!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Status Update

Just realized I haven't posted in a very long time. Money got pretty tight with Rick and me both having jobs that evaporated. Last September I started working out of town and earlier this year we rented the earthship out to a good friend who is planning on building one and we moved into an apartment in an old log cabin.

We will be back. Meanwhile we remain dedicated to the tread lightly on the earth ethos of earthship life and are looking to build a tiny earthship near where I'm working which is about 80 miles away from our canyon, using all the things we learned from our life on the edge.

I will continue posting photos from the dozen years of building and living in our earthship.

One of the cool things Rick did last fall was to build his Happy Tractor Shed. He made it out of pallets and the cut off bark pieces from a saw mill. Good recycling effort.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Earthship Status

It has been an unusually mild dry summer and I got spoiled by the absence of biting bugs. The earthship continues to be very comfortable with night time temps around 70 and day time temps in the mid to high 70s. This last week has been extremely cloudy and we've gotten lots of rain. A neighbor measured .94 of an inch last week and yesterday's rainfall at a full inch falling in 30 minutes. After so many days of clouds with the sun not coming out of the clouds until 5 pm or so, we ended up running out of stored solar energy since the batteries weren't being charged all day, every day. It meant the generator came on this morning. Thankfully it has been a sunny day today so I don't expect the generator to go on again in the near future. Unfortunately this rain has hatched horrible biting flies.