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!!!!! Jen’s Boot Camp and Allerton Abbey Experience

 
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Next up after the berm shed: junkpole fence paddocks for growing food!

Adding dirt to the top of the berm shed:



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Gathering junkpoles in Judy (our fire truck)
Gathering junkpoles in Judy (our fire truck)
 
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Thank you so much to Uncle Mud and family for the delicious maple syrup!
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It mostly vanished before I could get a picture
It mostly vanished before I could get a picture
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My bottle, safely labeled!
My bottle, safely labeled!
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I couldn’t resist eating a little with a spoon!
I couldn’t resist eating a little with a spoon!
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Spoon licking good
Spoon licking good
 
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As we wrap up the berm shed, I am getting ready to try my hand at making the first window quilt for the Abbey, to help stop the heat loss and optimize the ATI test.

You can see the window quilt project thread here:

https://permies.com/t/131113/Window-quilts-window-insulation-solutions

I must admit, the materials are more expensive than I had hoped, but we would really like to at least try one quilt using all-natural materials.

For the window quilt, I need:

6 yards of woolen fabric. There is this organic stuff at $54.45 a yard, for a total of $302.22 (ouch!).

https://organiccottonplus.com/collections/wool/products/light-wool-57-natural-1

So I am thinking instead of going with non-organic wool from the Dorr Mill Store (number 168 - primitive natural), which at 17.60 per yard, still makes for a total of $105.60.

https://dorrmillstore.com/index.php/site/products/category/fabric_by-the-yard/P20//

Wool batting:

The batt from this place will be a good size. I would like to get the 3-lb (thick) batt, for $35.

https://www.sugarloafwool.com/wool_batting_p/wool-batting.htm

I am also looking at this metal tension rod to hold the window quilts tight inside the frame with no gaps:
https://www.amazon.com/Meriville-Diameter-Tension-Adjustable-52-inch/dp/B075154ZGN/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=tension+rod+88+inches&qid=1578084450&s=furniture&sr=1-7

So, for the window quilt, I need:

6 yards of woolen fabric. There is this organic stuff at $54.45 a yard, for a total of $302.22 (ouch!).

https://organiccottonplus.com/collections/wool/products/light-wool-57-natural-1

So I am thinking instead of going with non-organic wool from the Dorr Mill Store (number 168 - primitive natural), which at 17.60 per yard, still makes for a total of $105.60.

https://dorrmillstore.com/index.php/site/products/category/fabric_by-the-yard/P20//

Wool batting:

The batt from this place will be a good size. I would like to get the 3-lb (thick) batt, for $35.

https://www.sugarloafwool.com/wool_batting_p/wool-batting.htm

I am also looking at this metal tension rod to hold the window quilts tight inside the frame with no gaps:
https://www.amazon.com/Meriville-Diameter-Tension-Adjustable-52-inch/dp/B075154ZGN/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=tension+rod+88+inches&qid=1578084450&s=furniture&sr=1-7
 
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While certainly not organic, I wonder how effective layered bubble wrap would be, with a light-colored fabric case, say 3" thick, so that light could still get through it all and you could shape it to be just a tiny bit larger than the window so it fits snug without additional support? The case material would conceal the plastic visually without totally blocking light and might cost $10-15 per window unless you have some already sitting around, then just a yard or so of fabric to purchase.
 
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Thank you so much Orin Raichart and Kerry Rodgers for the thermoelectric fans for Allerton Abbey! Here is a short video of them in action this past weekend!




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Wrapping up the berm shed

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Gathering mill ends for berm shed facade
Gathering mill ends for berm shed facade
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Berm shed facade going up
Berm shed facade going up
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Turkeys hanging out at basecamp.



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Jennifer Richardson wrote:Thank you so much Orin Raichart and Kerry Rodgers for the thermoelectric fans for Allerton Abbey! Here is a short video of them in action this past weekend!
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is the one farthest away from the viewer the one that Kerry sent??? it looks like it runs more smoothly and isn't wobbly

having both, which one would you pick???
 
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Spent the weekend with Josiah catching up on projects and doing chores around the Abbey.

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Mulching our path with conifer branches
Mulching our path with conifer branches
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Crocheting a draft stopper for our doorway
Crocheting a draft stopper for our doorway
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Plans and cut list I drew up for a simple 2x4 table
Plans and cut list I drew up for a simple 2x4 table
 
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Orin, they seem pretty comparable, but I think we would order the larger Voda fan if we had to pick again. It seems to move more air.
 
Without subsidies, chem-ag food costs four times more than organic. Or this tiny ad:
Gracie's backyard - a film about permaculture farming in the far north with Richard Perkins (stream)
https://permies.com/wiki/133872/videos/Gracie-backyard-film-permaculture-farming
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