Finishing Projects In Winter: Water Catchment & Handwashing Station

in naturalmedicine •  24 days ago

Winter is such a fantastic time of rest around the homestead. It is a time of dreaming and laying around reading, preferably surrounded by many snuggly cats. It's also the perfect time to finish projects.


pavers leveled and set in gravel and then sand. the cedar logs that are the support for the bathroom roof's water catchment, which will be used for a handwashing station, will be set on these.

On the homestead, it seems there are always a multitude of unfinished projects and sometimes they can weigh on us if we don't finish them after some time.

This winter thus far we've:

  • Trellised blackberries
  • Cleaned up
  • Moved wood into a hugelkultur
  • Planted fruit trees
  • Moved rootlets around here and there and sowed seeds
  • Worked on finishing gutters and water systems

....and most recently we've started finished the water collection and handwashing station on the Fert(ility) Lab!

This is an exciting project that has been long in the works. We've even had all the parts, but just never got around to it. After our return from Vipassana, we decided it was time to set about finishing it - in earnest! It always feels really good to finish things!


Ini measuring on the Fert Lab for where the 55 gal tank will sit so that it gets a good drop for the sink.

So far we've readied the cedar posts, stripping them of all bark, set the pavers, put the sink in the bathroom (pic coming soon) and made plans for how the water collection will flow from the roof into the sink. We have also dug a trench and set the pipe for the water that will flow out and Ini cut a hole in the bathroom floor and put the pipe through from the sink.

It really isn't a difficult project, just one that we didn't get to!

It will be a 3.5 ;) season hand washing station that will make washing oneself after going to the bathroom easier than the walk to the outdoor kitchen sink was. With interns and people here helping us build the house this year, it seemed really necessary!

Stay tuned as we make more posts updating this process!!


cedar posts from the land which will tie into the studs on the Fert Lab and which will support the water tank.

Final Touches

After the tank is up and all hooked up, we'll do a final coat of clay plaster in spring and the Fert Lab will be finally finished! A happy day :) We love this building!

And for the record, I accidentally published the bear medicine post twice which is why this is labeled with #naturalmedicine and why the hyperlink has the bear post name! Such it is... I rolled with it ;)!

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Nice to see you back in action and it's wonderful to have a bit of a break from the busy spring summer fall seasons, time to make life more easier with finishing those projects.
What is the Fert(ility) Lab?
I image somewhere where your brewing your fertilizers and maybe a propagation station - did I hit it right with either of those guesses?
Nice looking with the lovely bottle designs!

There is always so much to do, it's a nice feeling to get progress on projects! My Christmas present from my partner was lights installed in our house that is a constant renovation project. Yay for steps forward! :)

Yes, "camp plants" so common everywhere they are often labelled as weeds and left to wither and die in the Fall, or are sadly eliminated through chemical means by many! The world has a lot to learn.

Wildlife truly knows the importance of what is needed to allow them to thrive; foxes dig up the rootballs of grass to consume the dirt, a required part of their diet. Every animal just "knows" by instinct.

As a society we have lost so much knowledge in favour of convenience.

With some of this knowledge finally resurfacing however, and people seeking out more healthy, more natural medicines, we definitely have to be aware of commercial over-harvesting for the sake of money alone lest all become instinct.


yes true words you speak! the over harvesting is an increasing issue and one we'd do well to take heed of! (and sorry i double posted so your comment appears on the "wrong" post-- i posted the herb one twice)


LOL, I thought I had maybe commented on the wrong post and didn't know how I managed that... thanks for the explanation!


Let me copy and paste so it fits the right post! Should I delete it here?

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I like the bottles in the wall. Nice detail.

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