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Setting up for 2023
It's been a busy first week back in Vermont, but we're laying the foundations for a productive year ahead.
Venice has been on our bucket list for a long time, and finally we had the opportunity to explore this amazing island city.
Visiting Eataly in Rome, Italy
Eataly is a food-lover's paradise with a huge assortment of fresh produce, cafes, restaurants and local delicacies on offer. A must see in Rome!
Exploring Rome with Rick Steves' Audio Guide
We downloaded Rick Steves' Audio Europe travel app and enjoyed a fantastic, free walking tour around the heart of Rome.
Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink
It's been just under two weeks since we arrived at our Airbnb in Rome - time is flying fast! But not everything has been plain sailing this week.
Remote RV monitoring & camera system
We built a DIY monitoring system using Wyze cameras, cellular modem, Raspberry Pi and Home Assistant to keep an eye on our RV this winter.
Learning to make handmade pasta in Rome
When in Rome, do as the Romans do - so yesterday we took a cooking class with Emanuele Faini to learn how to make perfect handmade pasta at home.
Hello from Europe!
Did you miss us? It's been a little while, and a lot has happened. Not least we're now thousands of miles away from Vermont in Europe! Let's catch you up.
Winter plans 2022
After a hectic year bringing in utilities and developing our site, we're ready for a break. This year we've set our sights a little further afield!
Migrating email from Proton Mail to MXRoute
With an estimated 320 billion emails sent and received in 2021, using the right email provider is critical. Which is why I recently made a big change.
We have electricity!
We've been excitedly waiting for the time when our electrical service would be installed and we'd finally have power - this was the week.
Electrical ServicePart 1: Design
Kicking off our series on installing electrical service, we walk through service sizing, transformer location and primary transmission line placement.
Off-grid or on-grid?
As we're building our dream home in Vermont, there's one big question we have to answer: should we connect to power or go off-grid?
Well InstallPart 4: Water Testing
Before we can drink from our well, we need to test the water to make sure it's safe. After a nervous wait, here's what we discovered.
Well InstallPart 3: Temporary Setup
How do you run a well pump manually using power from a generator? We create a temporary setup to do just that and fill our RV tank.
After six months in one spot, it was finally time to hookup the RV again, but this time our journey was a little shorter than usual!
Should we buy our shipping container?
After renting our shipping container for 12 months, it was time to make a decision - should we buy it or keep on renting?
Well InstallPart 2: Pump Installation
You might think installing a well pump is a job for the professionals, but we did it ourselves and added some very cool extra capability!
Well InstallPart 1: Drilling
We were so nervous about drilling a well. Would we hit water? How deep would we have to go? How much would it cost? There's only one way to find out....