Ilektra Kou

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since Oct 16, 2019
Skiathos, Greece
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My two children are named Joyce and Vassili; kingdom in Greek is vassilio; soooo... The greek name is To Vassili'o tis haras (which is Greek for joy) and Joy'ce kingdom in English
I loved reading all your stories, thank you
4 weeks ago
Oh, that sounds interesting !
I live in Greece and was sad to realize my land is too high (and gets too cold) to have agrumes... I guess I'll spend a lot of time on this part of the forul this week, can't wait to learn more Welcome !
2 months ago
Thank you everyone !

R Scott wrote:Lots of people bury them as mini root cellars.


Nice, it's always nice to know other people have been doing it before :)

R Scott wrote:LIt is a huge pain to get your stuff out so I would keep small portions of what you use all the time in an easy access pantry.


Yes, that's already what I do in my house. The food goes from huge bags in a cellar, to big plastic boxes in a pantry and to glass jar on the shelf :D

You can buy moisture absorbing crystals. They can be dried in an oven and reused.  


That's a good idea, I know where to find those but I didn't know you could reuse them :)

Think about laying them on the side with access from the front and the barrels placed in a bank on the side of a path.



That's what I was thinking of doing with my fridge :) I'm not sure if it will be easier to take stuff from those, as the opening isn't as big. We'll have to see and try :)

I'll let you know how it goes, thank you very much !
3 months ago
Hello dear everyone !

After having been following the fora for a while now, I believe I'll start posting more and more, as I am getting ready to move to my wonderful piece of forest on the mountain.  Here come my first call for ideas, opinion, experiences, etc..

Our first step will be to move in a container but that will be the only building at the beginning. The kitchen (and the toilets, showers, etc) will be outside. I plan on digging a food cellar at some point but until then, what do I do with my huge bags of rice, lentils and other legumes ?
I was thinking of finding this kind of barrel but do you think it would be a good idea to put them underground and just leave the access to the lid ? Or even put them half underground and build a bench around the rest of them ?
Other than just not have barrels around, in the kitchen, can you think of reasons why I would want to burry them or why it wouldn't be a good idea ? And if I do, should I leave some air around them as insulation ? Would the plastic be bad for my soil ? What do you think ?

Thank you !!
3 months ago
Oooh, that's a thread for me :) It was a nice surprise to see it in the dailyish :)
I had been a single mom to my daughter for most of her life when I started looking for a piece of land where we could create our permaculture farm. At some point, my (then) new partner started to talk about wanting a child. A couple years later, after more than a year of bureaucratic struggle, I just bought a wonderful piece of land in the mountain on my island and am again single mom to my sweet 11 years old teenager and a wonderful 1 year old baby.
When people ask me if I'm going to do "all that by myself", I answer I'm not alone, I have my children but the truth is I've always had a lot of travelers stopping by the house (through couchsurfing or workaway) and it seems they will be needed now more than ever...
My little guy seems to love the mountain and trees way more than the sea so I cannot wait for the moment we'll be able to move permanently to the mountain <3
4 months ago

Ilektra Kou wrote:Hello ! Thank you sooo much for this freebie <3
I've been trying to download it for the last half hour and the download fails every time... I don't know if it is because the file is very big and my connection quite slow and busy (I'll try again tonight) or if there are too many people trying to download it right now or if there is another problem... Does anyone else have the same issue ?



So, it seems my connection was the issue, as I went to a friend's house to download it and it was ok. Thank you again
5 months ago
Hello ! Thank you sooo much for this freebie <3
I've been trying to download it for the last half hour and the download fails every time... I don't know if it is because the file is very big and my connection quite slow and busy (I'll try again tonight) or if there are too many people trying to download it right now or if there is another problem... Does anyone else have the same issue ?
5 months ago
Hello Thomas !

If you want to travel, this might be a great project to follow. I am in the process of buying land now in the beautiful island of Skiathos, in Greece. Planting a food forest is a part of our projects, you are welcome to come whenever you want :)

Good luck with your crowdfunding !
10 months ago

John Pollard wrote:
@Ilektra Kou - if you add your location to your profile, that helps people when giving you ideas and answers. Just click on My Profile and then expand General Information about yourself and you'll see a spot for Location. That will show right below your user name in posts. Mine says Ozarks.



Oh, I'm sorry, I was sure I had done that... I guess I never clicked the button, though...

Thank you for sharing your experience !
I know there is water on my land but, right now, the "digging to find water specialist" believes we will have to dig for around 80m to find it. of course, that is just a guess he made when I told him where the land was, we havent been on it together yuet as, well, the land isn't mine yet :D
Just for the pleasure of sharing... Here are some pictures
1 year ago