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!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEPP to Boot: Stephen's Experience (BRK)

 
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Your drawings are great! Especially the dog
 
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BRK #570

Monday, and Day 1 of WWOOF Week...! Welcome, Jim and Sofia! Thanks for being here.

I have a few photos of the rear paddock of Basecamp, behind the Fisher Price House. Today, I touched-up a pathway on one of the hugel berms (in fact, one of the first built at Basecamp). This path rounds a bend and allows gardeners to reach the peak at one of the ends of the hugel. Here's the "before" and "after" shots.



Some work with the shovel, and this was done. Until we add some stones to the path, it's useful to have the pathway sloping slightly-inwards towards the center of the hugel, reducing the erosion of repeated footsteps.



While clearing the path and chopping-and-dropping, this healthy specimen jumped out at me, and I had to take a photo before dropping it off in a safe place.



Finally: the currants are coming...! The currants are coming...! The 9th of June is my target date for eating a few of these (I mean a few handfuls). I think a couple weeks ought to do it.



That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day...!
 
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The grape vines I sent you should be leafing out by now. Mine are starting to show baby fruit clusters but spring starts earlier here.
 
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BRK #571

The team had a full Taco Tuesday this week.

One of the main things we accomplished was to install most of the posts for the DogStar Dog Pen. Things are shaping up there, and it's nice to see that it's not just a nebulous idea in our heads anymore. The fence-building stage is nearing the finish line and it's a fantastic feeling. By the end of the day it was an "all hands on deck" task, and we should all be proud of our progress.



The Corn Scoop (a sun scoop populated with only corn) has also come a long, long way. We're looking forward to the harvest this Autumn...!







Other growing areas up at Allerton Abbey are also looking solid. Here's the "before" and "after" of a hugel berm area that's not only cleared of useful mulch, but planted in a variety of places with several different plants.





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BRK #572

A rainy day, and still full of progress.

The big project for today was to start the Bobra Line. This is the third of three cables used to string-up sunshades for the summer events. We want to have this done prior to 1st July, when the PTJ begins. The design is almost identical to the Bob Line, though the counterweight (AKA "Bobra") will be adjacent to the vertical support pole instead of the Bob Tree.

To help illustrate the ideas to the rest of the team, I drew a couple diagrams. In this first one, it's a side view of the support pole and the "dead man" logs used to support the pole from below ground. The vertical support pole will be 7 feet deep in the ground, the dead man will be beneath it, and then everything underground will have a "gravel sock" surrounding it to prevent moisture intrusion. We hope to discourage rot and mildew from affecting the strength of any wood under ground.



The second diagram is a 3/4 view, helping to explain the composition of the underground supports. The dead man logs are perpendicular to the support pole, and are set at a 90-degree angle to the direction of the cable. One dead man log will have a "knee brace" between it and the vertical pole, while the third will have a pair of cables attached to it.



We set to work digging the trenches for the dead man logs today. Here we were at the start: WWOOFers Sofia and Jim, and SEPPer Clay, are pictured.



At the end of it, we had moved a considerable amount of earth, and I estimate the trenches are close to half-done.



Finally: one of the unnamed cats at Allerton Abbey had her kittens...! I can see one here, but according to Ben, who took a second look, there are at least two.



That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day...!
 
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