Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Wilderness Homestead, Bear Proof Chicken Coop Build, Step 1

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(bright cheerful music)

(branches slamming)

(dirt rustling) (shovel thudding)

(rake scraping)

(axe thudding)

(branches cracking)

(wind blowing)

(birds chirping)

(branches cracking)

(packet rustling)

- Then when you get it to the right length,

you flip it over.

(wind blowing)

(dirt rustling)

(hand patting)

(birds chirping) (woodpecker pecking)

(axe thudding) (thuds echoing)

(wood cracking)

(axe thudding) (thuds echoing)

(axe scraping)

(bark cracking)

(log shifting)

(bark shifting)

(axe thudding) (thuds echoing)

(log thudding)

(log shifting)

(line snapping)

(shovel slamming)

(rake scraping)

(wire mesh crackling)

(log tong clanging)

(digging bar thudding) (thuds echoing)

(rake scraping)

(wire mesh crackling)

(digging bar clanging)

(wind blowing) (birds chirping)

(woodpecker pecking)

(water dripping)

(water pouring) (water and food steaming)

(food bubbling)

(pot lid clanging)

Yeah, want to go for a walk?

(footsteps rustling in snow)

You saw the winds we had the other night.

Be amazed how well, or that this thing is still standing.

So I'm really happy with it, really impressed.

And I can't wait for the guys to come back and finish this.

Hopefully this quarantine's over soon.

(footsteps rustling in snow)

We got an offer from a,

a, what do you call it, a greenhouse company

to donate a greenhouse

to my wife and I for the cabin.

And just looking at the options here.

So the one garden area that you see in the high part

of the property is just completely disconnected

from the cabin here and I like it that way.

It's kind of a separate place, a secure place,

less known place that I can keep the workshop

and that garden and the chickens.

Right here closest to the cabin,

I've got a couple of the gardens.

But the issue with this forested lot

is not only is it fully treed,

but I've got a lot of topography,

a lot of elevation changes throughout

so it's hard to find open flat areas

with deep soil that's not bedrock.

Typically the high parts are actually rock

and it can't grow on them so it's hard to find

a big enough area.

So the one area that I've started for gardening

or for the big garden is probably the biggest flattest spot

and the deepest soils.

So that's why the garden's in that spot

and it's a good spot, also fairly level and flat

for the workshop

and then now that I'm doing all that stuff,

the chickens make sense to be there.

Now right here, although I might

put a second chicken coop right here close to the cabin

for winter where I'm less,

where I need to keep a closer eye on them.

Anyway, point being that it's very hard

to find spots for gardens and the one that I have

is open enough that I want

quite a diverse, (branches crackling)

diverse (chuckles) garden there

and I need lots of sunlight.

I don't want a greenhouse, for example,

taking up all the space.

I've got two other options right here.

The creek is just too low down behind the cabin

and this is actually south.

The creek is north of the cabin,

and even though it's low and there's some flat areas

down there because of flood plain

and, you know, levels off, fills in the gaps and everything

and you get all the soil washing down

from the higher ground into that area,

the problem is being such a low spot

on the north side of a hill it doesn't get as much sunlight

and it's also extremely acidic.

I wasn't able to grow anything down there last year.

I'm gonna try some acidic stuff there this year

to see how that does.

But it's challenging, it's really challenging

in the Canadian Shield to grow anything to begin with

and then adding the fact that it's a forest

without big open clearings and fields and stuff

makes it more challenging again.

And all the bedrock that's,

and rock and small rocks that are in the ground

as well make it challenging.

So I've got a spot that I am growing the big garden.

I've got this spot where I planted

the small garden last year on the trail in.

It's kind of a high point as well.

And I've got this spot which is actually

where I almost built the camp originally

when I first bought the property.

We talked about having a bushcraft camp right here

and I considered even the cabin being here.

The reason is that it was a natural opening.

Some trees had blown down

and been cut down over the years

so all these raspberries were growing up here

which meant that there's some fertility here.

Deep enough soils and also lots of fairly flat open spots,

so I'm wondering if that greenhouse could go right here.

I'd have to take out

probably just these three trees right here, maybe four?

Sun comes up here, so it wouldn't be very destructive

although these are nice maples that are,

that I actually tap every year.

But I've got lots of 'em.

So it's not a bad option actually

to put the greenhouse right here.

And then I've got a naturally low here,

or spot down in here which I've always been considering

as a good spot to dig a pond or to at least dig a well

or sort of a small catchment pond at least.

And then I could draw water from that all summer long,

so I've got a couple of options.

And it's actually one of the reasons

I didn't move the forest kitchen over this way more.

This area does collect some water

and then it flows down through there

and it creates some spring issues,

like water issues in the spring.

But if I get it up sort of here just above that,

that could be a good spot just to

dig a well even maybe right here.

Anyway, I like the possibilities here.

I'm gonna look at this a little bit closer.

Get my wife involved and see if we think this makes sense.

It might make sense to do more right here,

have the greenhouse, have the chickens.

And when, future when we do or I do

have more people up here teaching courses and stuff,

I think this could be the sort of the hub

and then the longhouse and other stuff up

kinda up through there and winter camping,

and then back through the crown land here.

Anyway, I'm (chuckles) always thinking

and always kinda working with weather,

working with the environment, working with the sun

and the forest and the wildlife and everything,

trying to integrate myself into this landscape properly

and efficiently.

It's always changing too.

It's the third, third spring now?

Third spring here and I've learned a lot

about the property over the last three years.

(wind blowing)

(footsteps rustling in snow)

(footsteps thudding on steps)

(tools clanging)

(food boiling)

(pot lid thudding)

(stew boiling)

(utensil banging on pot)

(utensil banging on bowl)

(utensil banging on pot) (utensil banging on bowl)

(footsteps rustling in snow)

Come down here.

(wind blowing)

(water lapping)

(Cali splashing)

(water lapping)

No, stay there, come on, Cali. (kisses)

Stay, pup. (axe thudding)

(thuds echoing)

(adze thudding)

(shovel thudding)

(shovel scraping)

(log shifting)

(log rolling)

(padding thumping)

(log thudding)

(log tong clanging)

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(saw rumbling)

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(log rumbling) (log sliding)

(log thudding)

(woodpecker pecking)

(log thudding)

(birds chirping)

(logs thudding)

(log dog clanging)

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(log thudding)

(log sliding)

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(level clanging)

(board thudding)

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(adze thudding)

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(level scraping)

(axe thudding)

(peaceful music)

(fire crackling)

(footsteps thudding) (animal howls)

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