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Daniel gets Tim on some video. Tim thinks Daniel should video somebody else (note the hat!)

And then Daniel gets a closeup (note that Tim's right hand is on his gun).
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Morgan drives, Kristen rides shotgun and Kristie hangs off the side. Moving fence with the help of the electric vehicle.
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The flatbed electric vehicle gets a charge from the solar power cart
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RJ dowsed this spot for water. So now he is looking to see if any is there.
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The cart looks great! Way to go Caleb.
I can't wait to see it's guts
 
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Mental travel is the next best thing! Thanks for keeping us easterners in the loop!
 
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Some elk near basecamp
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I want a saw mill too. Is there info in the forums about the mill you are using here? Thanks, tt.

paul wheaton wrote:So much to build .... and I haven't unpacked my sawmill yet. This is a pooper and a workbench - some assembly required.

 
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Tony Thomas wrote:I want a saw mill too. Is there info in the forums about the mill you are using here? Thanks, tt.

paul wheaton wrote:So much to build .... and I haven't unpacked my sawmill yet. This is a pooper and a workbench - some assembly required.



That particular sawmill is not made anymore. I wish it was.
 
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Maybe if enough people request it they will start making it again. I want one too
 
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Adrien Lapointe wrote:Maybe if enough people request it they will start making it again. I want one too


Yes I agree. But all I was told is that it's not being made anymore. Can you tell us a little more than just that?
 
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The story I heard is that they started making that sawmill as the economy was collapsing and it didn't sell enough so they discontinued it.

I saw it run two weeks ago and I really like how sturdy yet light it was and the electric motor is just a charm.
 
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A bit OT, but just had to post that Paul took us to Ekstrom's Stage Station for huckleberry pie last night.

It's a bit hard to read in the pic, but the needlepoint above Jesse's head says to "Eat til it ouches you!"

Nice people there and great food.
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Those are some wise words.

I really like huckleberry pie, I think I miss it.
 
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Ryan Barrett wrote:I really like huckleberry pie, I think I miss it.



We'll feed you some when you return, Ryan! (Notice that I said "when" not "if!" )
 
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Damn, Paul is tall. He'd probably make me look small.
 
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First real snow! Morning sun at base camp.
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The crew just before the workshops
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paul wheaton wrote:The crew just before the workshops



I love the people (and their stories) in this pic.
 
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I love these and Kristie's pix. Have you ever seen Alaska The Last Frontier? It's like what you guys are doing, homesteading but with a permie focus. You guys should video your escapades as you build everything! Share it with the world!!!
 
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Here are some pics from just after Thanksgiving of a thick hoar frost. This is not snow. (We have a nice blanket of that now, but I have a backlog of things to post.)

There were pockets of this thick, bushy frost, and then areas with normal (flat) frost.

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hoar frost from fungal respiration?
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Beautiful pics! I found the one that might be caused by fungal respiration really intriguing.

The others I thoroughly reveled in as I sit here, still slightly damp from being in the outdoor shower, where I enjoyed a tangelo while bathing. I got all of the beauty of the scene without actually freezing off any body parts I might want later on - WIN WIN!
 
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I have looked around and these guys seem to be leading the way on this topic. Just thought to share.

http://skyhighvideography.com/portfolio.html
 
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More pictures, please! I'd really like to see the stainless steel barrel in the living room at base camp. I know that stove isn't functional yet, but still. . . .
 
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I hope to post pictures for each of our Sunday walk podcasts.

See paul wheaton' podcasts forum for the threads for each podcast.

Here are two shots from podcast 273





Hopefully the quality will improve....
 
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Here's a shot of the tipi a week ago:



More winter on the lab Sunday walk pics at the podcast 274 thread.
 
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Pictures are great. I have come to think of pigs with terms of endearment. The look cute. Sort of look like dogs with all that fur. You and Jocelyn look so happy!!!
 
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Reviving an old pictures thread to show Paul expanding a parking lot at base camp.

It looks kinda like he's moving tiny gappers with the track hoe!
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After some lovely rain and a few days of computer purgatory, I had to get outside.

In The Art of Fermentation, Katz tells of fermented amaranth stalks. I'm not quite sure if these lamb's quarters are at the best maturity for that, but thought I'd give it a go any how.

Does anyone eat the green seeds? If so, how do you prepare them?
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Lambsquarters stems get really very fibrous when they're mature like that, so you might want to check on that before fermenting them. Once I thought I could make pickles out of the fibrous stems of the leaves covering cauliflower -- we were using the whole rest of the plant so I thought I'd just make pickle out of this one leftover part -- but in fact it didn't get any less fibrous in pickling, and when we opened it months later, we all enjoyed the spicing, but ultimately it went in the cow slops bucket because it was too fibrous.
 
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Rebecca Norman wrote:Lambsquarters stems get really very fibrous when they're mature like that, so you might want to check on that before fermenting them. Once I thought I could make pickles out of the fibrous stems of the leaves covering cauliflower -- we were using the whole rest of the plant so I thought I'd just make pickle out of this one leftover part -- but in fact it didn't get any less fibrous in pickling, and when we opened it months later, we all enjoyed the spicing, but ultimately it went in the cow slops bucket because it was too fibrous.



There was an usual method recommended to soften the stems...and it didn't work. Oh well!
 
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Blissful Bella on the mini excavator we rented.


 
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This next video needs some explanation. Here's the description I posted on YouTube:

Bella doesn't like to be recorded, so I sneakily set my phone to record behind my dirty dinner plate. Jenn pulled away my plate for a better view. Thankfully, Bella didn't notice until after these two songs! Rebecca is Bella's mom on harmony and kazoo.

Apologies to Erica for getting only *that* part of her in the video! That's what happens when trying to be sneaky!

The "beer club" mug was a sample mug for the size/kind used for permies mugs. We're sitting at a picnic table built by Justin, one of the gappers.

This is in between the base camp house and detached garage/office at wheaton labs. Oliver, our kitchen commander, was cruising past / to and from our back up pantry in the garage for bananas foster dessert supplies.

Good company, good food and sweet music. Now, there's a nice evening if you ask me!




 
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Oh my god! Thanks for posting! She/they are fabulous! Such pretty voices.
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Does anyone eat the green seeds? If so, how do you prepare them?



I can't eat them unless they're prepared in some way, they are very dry, like the leaves want to be. Sauteed in a stir-fry works (oil is what does the trick), pickled is fine but they don't add flavor so you need to do that work, you can sprinkle them over a salad but there's too many on a single stem for several salads, imo.

Thanks for the video and the music. Some of us can just dream of breaking current ties and living such a life. Seeing others enjoy it helps and makes us want to join you.
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:

Does anyone eat the green seeds? If so, how do you prepare them?



They are a good addition to salad. Since they can be quite dry like Rick said it helps when a salad dressing soaks them and they stick to the other bigger salad things. Other really easy way to utilize a lot more is throw them in a smoothie.
 
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Love the kazoo!

Oh, and that's a lovely table. Things just get better and better out there. . .
 
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