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Couple spend 25 yeas building a floating island

Editor: zhangrui 丨CCTV.com

05-18-2017 08:24 BJT

This floating fortress of sustainable living floating on the coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia goes to show just how wonderful a sustainable life off the grid can be. Wayne Adams, 66, and Catherine King, 59, built this floating home together in 1992, and have been growing and fishing for their own food ever since.

Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building Freedom Cove in 1992

Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building Freedom Cove in 1992.

The home, which they've named 'Freedom Cove,' consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio for Adams and King, and 5 greenhouses. The settlement has half an acre of land for growing edible crops. The couple gets water from a nearby waterfall during the summer and from rainwater during the winter. The settlement had been powered by an array of 14 solar panels, but recently switched to a generator after these broke down.

The constantly evolving off-the-grid floating home includes an art gallery, a studio, a dance floor, and 5 greenhouses.

The constantly evolving off-the-grid floating home includes an art gallery, a studio, a dance floor, and 5 greenhouses.

The constantly evolving off-the-grid floating home includes an art gallery, a studio, a dance floor, and 5 greenhouses.

The constantly evolving off-the-grid floating home includes an art gallery, a studio, a dance floor, and 5 greenhouses.

They get food from half an acre of gardening space

They get food from half an acre of gardening space.

They used solar panels to generate electricity, but they broke down recently.

They used solar panels to generate electricity, but they broke down recently.

It all began with a winter storm that blew down some trees.

It all began with a winter storm that blew down some trees.

King and Adams used the lumber to build the first part of their floating home.

King and Adams used the lumber to build the first part of their floating home.

King and Adams used the lumber to build the first part of their floating home..

King and Adams used the lumber to build the first part of their floating home..

It now has 12 floating platforms.

It now has 12 floating platforms.

It now has 12 floating platforms.

It now has 12 floating platforms.

Catherine Adams, 59, is a musician, dancer, writer and painter

Catherine Adams, 59, is a musician, dancer, writer and painter.

 

Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk

Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk

The home, which they’ve named “Freedom Cove,” consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio for Adams and King, and 5 greenhouses.

The home, which they’ve named “Freedom Cove,” consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio for Adams and King, and 5 greenhouses.

Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk.

Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk.

The home, which they’ve named “Freedom Cove,” consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio for Adams and King, and 5 greenhouses.

The home, which they’ve named “Freedom Cove,” consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio for Adams and King, and 5 greenhouses.

Catherine Adams, 59, is a musician, dancer, writer and painter

Catherine Adams, 59, is a musician, dancer, writer and painter

The home, which they’ve named “Freedom Cove,” consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio for Adams and King, and 5 greenhouses.

The home, which they’ve named “Freedom Cove,” consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio for Adams and King, and 5 greenhouses.

Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk.

Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk.

 




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