Tag: water

Make Clean Drinking Water using LifeStraw

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Portable Water Filter

Cclean drinking water with lifestraw filterlean drinking water is taken for granted in many places around the world. The reality; one billion plus humans are living without potable water.

What would you do if you woke up one day and your access to clean drinking water was gone?

We have 3 portable, microbiological water filters. They are called LifeStraws. We have one for each of us in the family. That means we can access clean drinking water anytime and anywhere. We can even drink dirty water from the streets if we need to.

Great for disaster and emergency situations where clean is scarce, it is the most important tool in our earthquake preparedness kit.

I consider this invention to be one of the most important of our time.

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Perfect Off the Grid Property

| October 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

off the grid waterfallWe are looking for a property potentially to go off the grid on and in Ecuador and have put together a list of what we’re hoping the land will look like:

Off the Grid Plan for Land

Running water capable of micro-hydro, which translates to waterfall or fast stream with good, year round flow…

Within 1 hour drive of a hospital

Arable land – good to grow food

Minimum 2 hectares would love more.

Established orchard/gardens

Some kind of shelter/structure

Access road, short path.

Access to telephone hard-line

Off the Grid Homestead

We are planning to create an off the grid homestead. We will be growing our own food – fruits and vegetables in a garden close to the home. We hope to have goats, chickens and perhaps a pig. We will be creating our own electricity via micro-hydro and our own methane via a bio-digester.

We are a family of 3 who are trying to simplify our lives and want to live from what the land offers by going off the grid.  Our intention is to integrate into the local community and become part of a system that works for the people of Ecuador. A local farm community would be ideal for our needs but we are open to your knowledge of the area.

Quito farmland

Quito farmland

Temperature is a factor and we’d prefer to be warmer than cooler.

The hospital is also a factor as we have a health concern that may become an emergency situation, so we need to be located within a one hour drive of a hospital.

We are hoping to spend approximately $30,000 for land that is assessed at $25,000 +, so we may qualify for residency.

This is our ideal list; we will be flexible as we start our search and start to see exactly what is available, but in an ideal world we’d get everything we’re looking for and be able to off the grid …

Boat or a House?

| September 4, 2012 | 2 Comments

House or Boat just waitingGrounded boats on the shores of Salt Spring Island that look like they’re just waiting to be turned into a home!

The small one on the left looks like it’s already a home under renovations!

Which one would you prefer?




Wonder Wash Hand Crank Washing Machine – Video

| August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
wonder wash

wonder wash

A hand crank washing machine? Are we crazy? Not really. This is what sustainability and off grid lifestyle means to us. This is a hand crank washing machine we have found and will be using to do our washing. It uses no electricity and two minutes of hand cranking per load. What this means is that washing clothes will become one of our regular daily chores. We won’t let our clothes pile up. The climate we are going to is such that this will work.

This video demonstrates just how simple it is to use and how little time it actually takes to complete a load.

The Wonder Wash is priced between $42 to $50 online, so is very reasonable considering the task it is helping with … electricity free.

Oh and we’ll use an off grid air dryer to dry the clothes, again electricity free!

thanks for the post to – WonderWash Demo – YouTube.



Outdoor Bathroom

| August 21, 2012 | 3 Comments

This outdoor bathroom is made with recycled glass, bottles and cob material. It is the kind of bathroom we’re looking at making for the composting toilet, shower and potentially a bathtub.

I like the rounded walls with the dappled light streaming in. Our bathroom will be outside the house with the door from the house located between the two bedrooms … that’s the dream at this point anyway!

My thanks to the website here that posted the pics and discusses earth ships …

Would an outdoor bathroom suit you? I want the walls to be rounded like these and the entrance to be sheltered by plant material that will give privacy at the entrance. I think it will be magical to bath and shower there.

outdoor bathroom


Suggestions, questions, and comments are welcome as always;



| August 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

Simple, easy, natural, do it yourself with no sugar added and nothing else needed, that’s how we make our nothing but popsicles.popsicle boy

Ingredients and Method

We make our own popsicles by pouring 100% fruit juice into a glass or small jar, putting a spoon into in and popping it into the freezer. When it freezes it’s done. Pour warm or cool water on the outside of the glass or dip into a small container of water (this uses less water), until it is loose enough to slip out of the glass … and voila – a tasty treat with nothing but juice that the kids love!

The popsicles can be put back into the glasses and refrozen so there’s no waste. An option for travel is to use small paper cups; the paper can be peeled away and recycled, they are not as big as popsicles in glasses or jars and there’s no spoon needed.

Nutrition note: we never add any sweetener when we reconstitute fruit. Freezing, drying it, turning it into juice or smoothies brings out fruits’ natural sugars and no extra sweetener is actually needed.


Finlayson Arm Vancouver Island

| August 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

We are leaving a part of the world that is as beautiful as where we are going … we couldn’t do it any other way.

British Columbia is beautiful, there is no question about it. This is Finlayson Arm seen from the Malahat between Victoria and Mill Bay on Vancouver Island.

finlayson arm

Finlayson Arm west coast of BC


Ocean Side House on Salt Spring Island

| August 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
ocean view on Salt Spring Island

ocean view on Salt Spring Island

After my Colon Burst: Bags and Diverticulitis

| August 1, 2012 | 4 Comments
olympics 2010 curling

olympics 2010 curling

Many people have asked about my health issues and preparing to relocate to Ecuador. Four days after returning from working the 2010 Olympics I became sick, really sick – this is the story of the beginning of my health issues.

My colostomy was reversed 10 months after receiving it, and I haven’t had an bowel obstruction since the 2 year mark of when it all began, so I am cautiously confident that I am on a healing path.

It is also the reason we need to locate within a one hour drive of a major hospital when we relocate to Ecuador …


While I was in the process of mending from my intestines being drastically altered I had an accident and am recovering from it …

Watering Can from Recycled Materials

| July 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

Here’s a simple and creative idea reusing an old container – you can find the plans here – thanks to

Thumb-controlled Watering Pot Made With Recycled Materials : Fun In The Making. for the ideas and DIY plans!

homemade watering can