Entry #38 – Leave only footprints / Take only pictures

My dad crosses a creek in the Sierra Nevada Mountains Packing in the Sawtooth Wilderness of Idaho Years ago as a young man I saw a sign [...]

Entry #37 – Less Can Be More

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Entry #36 – Virtues of a wood burning stove

The warmth of the fire drew our family together In a day when the topic of sustainability is moving towards the forefront of our concerns, many are [...]

Entry #35 – Sustaining life in a season of grey

Nearly every winter a high pressure zone settles over southern Idaho for weeks at a time.  Warm air pushes the cold air down, holding it captive in the [...]

Entry #34 – Lessons from an Amish farmer

The seven great challenges of sustainability This past spring Nancy and I stayed a week with some good friends of ours in Iowa.  Dan and Roilene Paxton pastor [...]

Entry#33 – A Pony’s life fulfilled

Pet the pony cultivates the garden Left photo:Dusty was a pack horse. Right photo: Pet in the pet parade. Left photo:A good friend & [...]

Entry #32 – Solar hot water – Some things we have learned

Solar hot water panel facing south As I shared in my last entry, Nancy and I decided to incorporate a solar hot water system into the design [...]

Entry # 31 – The price of becoming energy free

Using the wind & sun It was always our intention to build a home that was both energy efficient and somewhat independent from commercial outside energy sources.   Nancy [...]

Entry #30 – Small footprint – Big handprint

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Entry #24 – Esther, Eloise & the smell of fresh baked bread

Fresh baked bread from Eloise Eloise's oven held a steady 350 degrees We woke up on New Year’s morning to four inches of fresh wet snow and [...]

Entry #23 – Sustainable living requires sustainable people

Craig stands with this years harvest of hay Craig stands with this years harvest of hay Living on Timber Butte has given Nancy and I the unexpected [...]

Entry #22 – The advent-ure

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Entry #21 – Five essentials for living a sustainable life

People have had a number of reactions when they hear about Nancy and my desire to live a more sustainable lifestyle here at Timber Butte.  Some are thrilled [...]

Entry #20 – Christmas Eve – A Time of Blessing & Pain

Old Jenny was a wonderful friend Click edit button to change this text. The morning of Christmas Eve I woke up early as always.   I built up [...]

Merry Christmas From Tri & Nancy

Putting up the sign at Timber Butte Ranch.

Entry # 19 – Recapturing the richness of Christmas

Christmas as it used to be During the twenty years that we lived on the old original ranch things were pretty basic.  (See about Tri and Nancy)  Not only did [...]

Entry #18 – Old friends and sourdough

Pat cooks sourdough pancakes Old Monte & MIke Pat Armstrong cooks sourdough pancakes at Timber Butte Homestead Pat Armstrong has been my friend for over forty years.  [...]

Entry # 17 – A sustainable Hope

Hope harvests the green beans. Our granddaughter’s name is Hope and she brings joy to all of our hearts.  Hope loves the ranch and is gaining a [...]

Entry #16 – First snow – a time to wonder

Putting up the sign at Timber Butte Ranch. Earlier this week we woke up to the first snow of winter.  It came late this year but when [...]

Entry #15 – “Quaerite Primum Regnum”

One of my all time favorite western movies is Lonesome Dove. If you’ve seen it you may remember the scene where the two main characters Gus McCrae [...]

Entry # 14 – Readiness

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Entry # 13 – Building a Root Cellar Part 4 – Ready to use

A root cellar is an amazing thing.  Our cellar maintains a constant temperature of 40 to 50 degrees year round – day and night, while holding a [...]

Entry #12- Building a Root Cellar Part 3 – Worn out, used up, rejected old tires – the perfect functional thing

If you have been following my entries this past week you know that I have been sharing about my experience building root cellars.  To catch up you [...]

Entry #11 – Building a Root Cellar Part 2 – Getting started

Putting up the sign at Timber Butte Ranch. When I dug the hole for the first root cellar (Better known as the Hole) on the old ranch I used [...]

Entry #10 – Building a Root Cellar Part 1 – Revisiting the “Hole”

The "Hole" on the old ranch. When Nancy and I moved onto the original old ranch after we were married in the early 70’s (See about us) one [...]

Entry #6 – Six dump truck loads of cow manure – A first house warming gift.

Here is our garden, growing in the manure. As summer came to an end our other new neighbors, Craig and Joan Krosh dropped by to announce that our [...]

Entry #5 – The barn before the house

Preparing the poles for the barn As soon as the Water, gas and electrical lines were buried Nancy and I staked out the barn on the pad Harvey [...]

Entry #4 – The important work nobody will ever see

Laying water pipes and power lines Every step of building Timber Butte Ranch has been a step of faith. It’s been like crossing a creek in a thick [...]

Entry #3 – Scars heal

The day our friend and neighbor Harvey Church showed up with his D8 CAT was a hard day for us. It was the day we would cut a road [...]

Entry #2 Getting started – Putting one foot in front of the other.

Putting up the sign at Timber Butte Ranch. Every step of building Timber Butte Ranch has been a step of faith. It’s been like crossing a creek in [...]

Entry #1 – The gift of vision

Tri and Nancy Robinson In the fall of 2006 Nancy and I stood on 80 acres of bare land that we envisioned would one day become “Timber [...]