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Paul, and co. (Mark, Kyle, Katie and Opalyn) meet up to talk about a variety of topics in a grand overview of the empire.

Paul had a meeting with all the boots to go through a list of all the things to do, which is now somewhat less scary thanks to Jennifer and Ash re-organizing it.  Operative word there being “less”, what with the spreadsheet being 800 rows long still.  The item at the top of the list is currently “getting water on the lab”.  The well has been dug to 300 feet, provides 2-3 gallons per minute, and has good quality water according to the diggers.  A 2500 gallon cement cistern has been installed along with it, much to Paul’s chagrin, and finally a solar system is going to be installed to pump the water up into the cistern where it will be gravity-fed to wherever it’s needed.  

Next up is building soil at basecamp.  Attempts have been made to keep the hugelkultur beds watered, but they lack a gardener to keep watered outside of one paddock, and with the roasting summer this year, Paul is concerned that they’ll dry up completely.  On a similar note, there’s a berm shed that needs a few hours’ worth of repairs to finish off.  Katie appreciates that learning how to repair berm sheds is going to be a necessary craft, to which Paul brings up “The Good Life” by Nearing and Nearing, in which the two authors got completely and utterly sick of repairing wooden buildings and resolve to build their house out of stone and their own home-made concrete in such a way that it would last 500 years.  Despite their hopes, concrete won’t last anywhere near that long, unless you find a way to get Roman concrete that includes phillipsite and mix it with salt water.  Possible, but not realistic.

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That was really funny thanks.

just a suggestion, but one can go the way of the lab water with the window quilts.  That is, let go of the naturalist DIY and just go shopping for a bunch of old comforters/heavy blankets at 2nd time around thrift stores.  Fold here and there, punch some grommits, tap in some hanger nails... bang that whole thing out with a few hours and a few dollars.  Except you probably won't find much for natural fibers buying whatever used goods are available somewhat nearby.  I don't suppose it matters that there's probably more poly dust falling out of the sky onto your lab in a winter than some lovely/basically free petrol insulation will deposit in a winter.  You can remove them after the test like no problem.  haha.
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