So (this post is already a few days too late to be written in the present tense ... especially since we've more progress since then ... but I will do so anyway) we had Razvan visit with us for 5 full days of work and we got lots done. We had already started applying finishing [...]
Iulia asked for a few pictures of the cob process ... so: first we make a dry mix (we call a lasagna) of sand and our (clay rich) soil in a wheelbarrow ... dump it on to a tarp and add water while dancing it into a consistent mix: We then add straw and dance [...]
We are off to a late(r then I would have liked) start this year. This was primarily because of my allergy and a very rain season. It was also because we got stuck with the roof! Our primary plan to make a roof out of acacia vigas was deserted when we failed to source logs. [...]
We finally decided to go ahead and rebuild our second rocket stove (the one in the living room). My primary wishes were to rebuild the core (better) and to convert the relatively useless mass into a (small) bench. Iulia decided to make it a workshop and ... 3 interested people showed up. During the first [...]
Tana is what happens when a Border Collie digs under the fence to get to a neighboring Labrador.
Our rocket-stoves journey We have a journey of rocket stove building at Bhudeva... first it was the first rocket stove (bedroom, 2011), then fixing it (2012) then the second one (living room, 2012) and rebuilding the first one (2014). We cook food and bake on both rockets most of the winter time. It's time to try [...]
Last winter we witnessed 24+ hours of water flowing down our road ... millions of liters. The sound of running water was beautiful but the sight of that water escaping was sad. It caused some damage to the road leading up to our property. It was, I believe, a result of a wet season and [...]