Traditional Mongolian Yurt

The yurt arrived mid-day, 100 degrees and thanks to a neighbor and friend, Shirley, who kept us in iced smoothies we survived the heat and set up.

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Standing inside the yurt space that will be covered and looking up at the sky. The wheel or top is called the tono, (I may be misspelling) you can see the beautiful hand painted Mongolian designs. The poles were hand shaped as well as hand painted. All materials are natural, horse hair ropes, sheep wool felt. I purchased the yurt from Groovy Yurts. Thank you to Yves and Christine who directed and set up the yurt. Two fabulous people. I highly recommend anyone interested in buying a yurt contact Yves at Groovy yurts.

20150530_175337_resizedHere is the yurt set up but not quite finished. There is a sky light on top with a space for a pipe if I choose to put in a wood burning stove. The top also has a heavy duty canvas that can cover the opening against rain or winds or just if you want more darkness.

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Please be forgiving as this is after 3 plus hours of hard work in the hot sun. My brother, Me standing on the rock and Yves (who is 6’5″) from Groovy Yurts who did most of the hard work. Eddie and Christine unfortunately are not in the picture.

If you notice the blue scarf around my shoulders, it is from a ceremony Yves performed at the end of set up in the Mongolian tradition. The blue scarf represents respect.

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The top of the yurt is now covered. The moon is just coming out and one of my neighbors is standing on a post checking out the new construction.

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Full moon over the yurt.

There are many traditions and practices that go with a yurt and I shall tell you more about the history and stories tomorrow. But for tonight sweet dreams from the desert.

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