We finished our tent wall this week — finally! It shouldn’t have been such a hard thing, but as with so many aspects of this project, we are relearning so many forgotten skills that sometimes we make more work for ourselves. But learn we did, and that’s always a victory.
We built the wall laying down in the tent. Standing it up and into place was complicated, since we had to slide it past the place where our ridge pole is joined together with a bracket. We managed it with lots shoving and some hoisting of the ridge pole. I was so relieved to have the wall finally in position, I wanted to do a happy dance.
We had attached the polycarbonate panels to the wall only along the top, as we knew there would be a lot of movement during the positioning process. After we got it up, we finished attaching panels to the frame.
Next we put together our storm door and installed it. This was a long, tedious process when we were nearly out of time one afternoon. Because we were in a hurry, we didn’t take any pictures of the process. We did snap several pictures of the finished product, however.
We zipped everything back up when we were done for the day. When we start camping, we will do a better job getting it tied back for good.
While we had to fight some rain this week, we still had some beautiful work days. Being out in the fresh air and sunshine is good for the soul in ways that are difficult to put into words.
This adventure isn’t easy. There are so many missteps and mishaps. It’s overwhelming and humbling. But I’m so thankful that I call this piece of earth my home.