My name is Lou, and I'm expecting a little girl called Aïna for November. I can't wait to welcome her in our beautiful space.
I live with my love and our animals in a Mongolian yurt since nearly 3 months in the beautiful region of Serra da Estrela in Portugal. So far it has been amazing being completely off grid. We aim to live a peaceful life, growing our own food and caring for the land.
As we just set up the yurt, conditions are still very basic and it demands quite some efforts on a daily basis. For example having no running water, we use an old fashioned well, I love this back to the roots feeling ! Also candle light brings such a charm. So far we don't mind living in an old fashioned way.
But I am aware that winter is approaching, and so the birth of my baby. The yurt is not winter ready at all, and I am afraid it might be rough conditions for a newborn.
Here's a list of what's missing and a rough estimate of the costs :
- Wood Burner + new crown cover
We don't have a wood burner yet, and it can get really cold soon. This is the number one issue. And we only have a crown cover that hasn't the hole for the exhaust. So we'll need to get a new one to be able to install safely the new woodburner.
We found that secondhand woodburners are around 200 euros with the chimney tube. The new crown cover is 190 euros online. So a total cost of 390 euros to make the yurt all cosy and hot.
- Solar panels
The lack of power will also become an issue when the sun goes down at 17h and we'll be in the dark almost all day ... Quite depressing ! A few led lights can make such a difference We would also benefit from having power, it could make our life easier with a newborn. Especially to be able to connect a small washing machine, to wash the diapers and a kitchen robot later to make our own baby meals with veggies from the garden.
We saw a decent solar system for 850 euros.
- Canvas waterproofing treatment.
We never really got heavy rain on the yurt canvas yet, but I suspect it might not be 100% waterproof. The product costs 90 euros to cover the whole yurt.
- Finish the compost toilets we started.
And last but not least... The compost toilets. We don't really have a roofed building yet. We started a little cob house but we could use some help on this one as well ! The materials to finish would roughly be 50 euros.
Why am I asking for money on the internet ?
We were supposed to have bought all the things listed. I run an etsy shop selling handmade dreadlock extensions. Believe it or not, we were able to finance the whole yurt erection through this. Sadly the portuguese customs stopped the totality of the hair I ordered. Leaving me unable to earn any money for the past month or so. The situation is still not sorted now, and I'm worried that I can't manage to earn enough in time, before the birth. If you feel like supporting in another way, here's a link to my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/Moongardens
If we don't raise all, our main priority is getting the woodburner, to welcome our baby in a warm space.
If we raise more than expected, we could even get a water tank and a pump to have running water. This would be a total dream.
We are grateful for any help we will receive.