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! Josiah’s Bootcamp Log

 
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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!
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The plunge pool. It’s probably around 40 degrees F
The plunge pool. It’s probably around 40 degrees F
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Assembling the roof edge
Assembling the roof edge
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I’m always looking for a convenient object to clamp my camera to for that perfect angle
I’m always looking for a convenient object to clamp my camera to for that perfect angle
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It’s looking pretty finished from this angle
It’s looking pretty finished from this angle
 
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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.

I took a break from PDC support and greenhouse work to put some thoughts and questions out into a new thread about skiddable structure design for the upcoming permaculture technology jamboree. You can check it out here.

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
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I spent a lot of time today planning, researching, communicating and accomplishing small tasks here and there.

Thus, today’s pictures are of spiders!

My thermometer in the greenhouse recorded internal temperatures for the last 24 hours.

63.1 F Min
82.0 F Max

I haven’t plugged the vents and had the door open for extended periods while working on it, but it’s fun to think about beginning to monitor its performance.
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This one is actually holding a centipede in its mouth that it just caught
This one is actually holding a centipede in its mouth that it just caught
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Four different tracks all passed through this mud puddle
Four different tracks all passed through this mud puddle
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Second and final layer of cob under the beams
Second and final layer of cob under the beams
 
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...found a well traveled freeway you did!
 
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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 wofati greenhouse 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.
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why is this only growing over here and not by the road? this bedrock is different from over there. look at all this lush growth where the mulch was staged!
why is this only growing over here and not by the road? this bedrock is different from over there. look at all this lush growth where the mulch was staged!
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what a crew
what a crew
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Doh
Doh
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beware of lions
beware of lions
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Erik, grayson, and kyle of course won't stop for a picture
Erik, grayson, and kyle of course won't stop for a picture
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he will, however, stop for a popsicle. did I mention it was 106 F today?
he will, however, stop for a popsicle. did I mention it was 106 F today?
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the elegant spit bug
the elegant spit bug
 
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My kids and I have the same popsicles--they're good! (Sometimes there just isn't time to make insane amounts of popsicles for these sorts of unprecedented heatwaves!)
 
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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!

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Adobe bricks drying
Adobe bricks drying
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Rocket sauna has one interior wall sheathed!
Rocket sauna has one interior wall sheathed!
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Earthwork in progress
Earthwork in progress
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Erica and I playing a duet on the handpan. What a lovely instrument!
Erica and I playing a duet on the handpan. What a lovely instrument!
 
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200!!!

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.

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Cumulonimbus approaching
Cumulonimbus approaching
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Sauna tools. Bucket, ladle, thermometer, hygrometer, timer.
Sauna tools. Bucket, ladle, thermometer, hygrometer, timer.
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Sauna build
Sauna build
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Front door of sauna
Front door of sauna
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Grass flowers and lygus in love
Grass flowers and lygus in love
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Beautiful light
Beautiful light
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Watching the storm roll through
Watching the storm roll through
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I love making music with this guy
I love making music with this guy
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Zeke approves of the jams. Or maybe it’s just the instrument case he likes.
Zeke approves of the jams. Or maybe it’s just the instrument case he likes.
 
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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.
 
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We do get leaf miners in the lambs quarters and quinoa. I generally only eat the younger growth anyway and the damage is not particularly prolific here.
 
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