Jen and I decided to work during the cool of the morning and evening this weekend and take siestas during the heat of the day, which included plunging into some very cold nearby water :)
Summer rhythms are fun. Thoughts of winter are gone. For now.
Working on the greenhouse more today, we finished some trim and got the glazing system weather tight. Then capped the roof edge over the glass with a large piece of aluminum flashing. All that is left now is 5 pieces of facade top cap. Soon we will be onto the growing and greywater.
I’m headed out to a family reunion for a few days. See y’all soon!
PDC fever is in full swing for me, and I’m not even attending. It is so inspiring to be surrounded by so many will-be designers who are seizing their opportunity to immerse their thinking in complex systems.
Put the last first layer of cob on the wall at the greenhouse and worked on notching a facade board this morning before it got too hot out there. I spent a bit of the afternoon heat researching the different types of copper pipe that will best suit the purpose of the greenhouse destratification pipes and have some suppliers to contact tomorrow morning. Yeehaw
What an absolutely delicious summer. I so very much enjoyed all the design ideas that came out of the PDC. At any given hour one could find a student wandering the hillside with eyes wide open, looking for the pattern in the landscape. Many new friendships were made. Now that chapter has closed and a new raucous productive energy has replaced it as the permaculture technology jamboree has taken hold of the property.
Everywhere I went today on the usually quiet lab, I found a group tinkering or designing or constructing or dismantling. It feels like a hive of busy bees.
I mostly was running support yesterday, but this morning I got to work on the greywater system at the wofatigreenhouse for a couple hours. A couple of the PTJ students and I talked through the build particulars and came up with some great design solutions. I will try to draw them up and post them in the next few days as I get time. I probably won't get to work on it tomorrow because we need more materials and prep work for next weeks projects!
Erik Pehoviack is a new instructor this year at Wheaton Labs and I really appreciate his highly productive and straight-forward approach. I have been helping him get running on the rocket sauna build and I think it is the only project that is currently ahead of schedule! In fact, I need to do a materials run to the lumber store tomorrow morning because the sauna crew finished all the framing a day early.
I made three trips to the lumber supplier today and selected more than 150 boards for the rocket sauna build. That should keep them busy for a few days.
The hottest part of the day was spent running the excavator cleaning up the northeast side of Allerton abbey. I am regrading the diversion drain, building a road, and grading out a slope for hugelkultur to be built on. Right now it’s just a big mess in the wake of the greenhouse build and temporary roads for moving the solar leviathan in and out.
Roused out the day with a swim in the river and some after dinner live music with Grayson’s hand pan!
I got pretty hot out in the sun today and had to take a little break in the shade. Luckily there was a hugelkultur nearby so I got some snacks too.
Humidity has been higher yesterday and today and that has made for gorgeous light in the evenings and spectacular clouds. Tonight, Grayson and I made music together on the handpan and guitalele.
Paul likes to tell a story about a Permie who sent some sauna paraphernalia to him when he had first bought the lab. This person gave these sauna tools in hopes that a sauna would be built for them. Seven years later it is finally happening! Sometimes it takes a while for visions to manifest. Just got to keep on working them out.
Thank you for 200 great posts Josiah. Those of us away really appreciate them. Sauna looks super! Just curious, do you guys get leaf miners in your lamb's quarters? Here in Maine we get lots, just forces me to eat the youngest growth and flower bud shoots. PM sent on pledge.