William Fly

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I am wondering if it would be a good idea to have a bucket with some charcoal to pee in and if it would take longer before it starts to smell? Or does it start smelling after a few hours like usual? Right now I am just peeing all over the farm, but it is not as comfortable for female guests to do this since there are often neighbors around. So I am thinking about having a more stationary solution, like this I could make biochar at the same time.
2 years ago
Hey, thats a good point! I will give the peels back to the tree.
2 years ago
Hi Jamie,
I am actually Swedish and moved to Portugal just because of the climate up north, plus the fact that land here is much cheaper. I think to live in Sweden you kind of have to have a piece of land the size of a small country and lots of animals.
I am liking it more and more every day. I think it is kind of difficult to feel a strong connection with a lot of the villagers since they are all from an older generation and very traditional, they can not understand why someone as young as me would want to leave "the good life" in a - by capitalistic standards - successful country and instead choose to live here, it is completely backwards for them. As one neighbour said; it was a big mistake by me to buy this land, what I instead should have done was to buy an apartment closer to the beach that I can rent out. He says that there is no development here, and I respond; good, I do not want any development, progress, growth or whatever it is that everyone is worshipping in the insane world. He will never understand, and that's ok. But most of the villagers are very friendly and helpful. And there are more and more people like me moving to the region, both Portuguese and foreigners, and I have a group of friends that I am really lucky to have found, but none of them live within walking distance.

There are some pictures on the facebook page, but I very rarely post there. I can take more pictures of the ruin and stuff if you want.
2 years ago
Hey Cristopher and Fiona.
Thanks for your interest! Whenever you are in Portugal feel free to drop by.
That's right, John Zerzan is a big influence and I really enjoy Mark Boyle's articles in the Guardian.
2 years ago

"This is an invitation to those who can hear it, those who already know that something is deeply false and diseased about our way of life and who are looking for fellowship in truly confronting our crisis."

I am 31 years old and have a small piece of land in Central Portugal. It is 6000m2 (20,000 square ft) consisting of olives, grapes, oranges and many other fruit trees and space to plant a forest garden. I moved here in September and have since built a small cabin (15m2) in wood. There is also a tiny stone building to renovate. I moved here with my girlfriend but she has since left and now it is just me (plus the cat, the chickens, ducks, trees and the all the rest). I have realized just how important community is to have a sense of meaning, so I would like to start some sort of mini-community of maybe 4-5 people. Maybe more if we buy surrounding land (it's for sale). But it is not for just anybody who happens to like permaculture. You have to share somewhat the same values and visions. And you have to feel it deeply. What inspired me was the recently published journal Backwoods, which described in a general but accurate way what I want to do. I knew it already, but this was the first time I saw someone else describe it and that made me realize that there are other people like me out there and that I want to find them. I really urge anybody who can relate the slightest to what I am writing to find a copy and read it.

So basically what I want people to join me in is deserting. To abandon the values and practises of the spreading cancer known as Civilization, the culture of cities. This is a process, not something that is done overnight, possibly not even in a lifetime. If you read this you probably know this already; for 99% percent of the human existence on the planet we have lived without civilization, we do not need it, it does not define us. But we have been brought up in it, and some of it's perspectives imposed on us regarding certain things will be hard to shed. So this is very much about changing as a person also.

This community will be anarchist in spirit. That is, we do not vote about things, instead we reach consensus. Communicating is extremely important, something I will admit I am terrible at, but eager to learn. You do not have to self-identify as anarchist or any type of -ist.

The community will be critical of modern technology. That does not mean we abandon all modern technology immediately, but we know that technology always comes with a cost, and industrial technology is not something that can co-exist with a healthy planet. We might for example use a solar panel, but have no illusions about it being "green" and whatnot. I have internet and I have a smartphone, but I see it for what it is. We are not absolutist and this is not a cult. We have more questions than answers.

The community rejects consumerism and instead of thinking about what we could buy, we try to think about what we can do without, or make ourselves.

I don't have to mention that we practice permaculture, seeing the the human being as just another organism in the web of life. We do not see that land as "producer" that we should exploit as much as possible.

The land is just outside a small village of about 600 people, mostly elderly. There is no big city life close by, Lisbon is about 2 hours away by car.

Friends and family and whoever wants to visit but do not share these ideas are of course more than welcome. It will be a welcoming place.
I have no experience in neither country life or starting a community, and you don't have to either, as long as you feel as strongly about these things as I do.
If you want to know more about me and what I have in mind just send me a message or write here. Let's communicate. I am very glad to hear your ideas. Also if you are not interested in this project but just want to connect.
I really want to emphasize that this is not absolutist, there will be no rules saying you cannot to this or that otherwise you have to leave. Or maybe there needs to be some rules? You see!
There are som many practical problems regarding this but the first step is to find the people.

I hope it doesn't sound too much like a religious cult. I am quite a normal guy! I just want life to be as beautiful and meaningful as possible.

2 years ago

I really want to recommend a new magazine called Backwoods. Instead describing it myself I am going to quote one of the editors: "Backwoods has a focus on trying to live according to anti-civilization values here and now, with a suggested praxis of "desertion, autarky, and reinhabitation" - that is, withdrawing from civilization materially and psychically as much as is practical and possible; learning how to meet one's needs through foraging, horticulture, and small-group networks; and developing intimacy with one's landbase. Themes of the journal include but are not limited to: anarchy and liberation; forest gardening and tending the wild; foraging, hunting, natural building, and wild plants; exodus and evasion; ecological science, spirituality, and philosophy; slavery and civilization; existentialism and its relationship to nature; stories and advice from those actively pursuing subsistence lifeways; and technology and Luddism."

Info on how to get it and more can be found here: https://anti-civ.net/showthread.php?tid=338

If you like the sound of it, feel free to contact me and we can be friends

2 years ago
Did you find anything? I can only find one source and it is 10€+10€ shipping for ONE seed. I am really interested in trying to grow these trees.
Yeah, it's not a good picture. It looks much deader in real life. I put most of the prunings underneath the tree to increase organic matter and top with lots of grass clippings. Since the wood does not look like it died from disease I guess it's ok. And it has been getting soaked by the rain for some months now, now it's time to tackle the summer drought. I plan to give the trees a few bigger soakings through summer instead of many small ones. I think that is what the previous owner did, and thats how they managed to survive a summer without human help.
2 years ago
I attached a picture of one of my trees. Maybe it's difficult to see, but lot's of dead wood. Is it a lost cause?
2 years ago
Hey Phil, thanks for the answer.
Lack of water is probably what caused most of the die-off. The trees were left to themselves a whole summer in central Portugal which means about 4 months without water and temperatures sometimes around 40 C (104 F). So I am glad they are still alive.
But I'm still wondering about exactly why it is a good idea to remove dead vegetation. Besides that it looks better.
2 years ago