|Aly and me in her outdoor kitchen. Photo by Mary Longe.|
It's been great to have someone else to talk to about all this stuff that most people don't know jack about and/or couldn't care less about. I mean, how many people want to get into a passionate discussion about gravity-fed water versus electric pumps? (Well, in Taos, probably more than the average place, but still.)
And then the fact that she's another single woman building a house on the mesa is a major blessing. One thing I've found since I've started my project is the need for some men to try to take charge in subtle - or not so subtle - ways. There is a LOT more I could say about that, but I'll refrain. (If you're a woman, you're probably already quite familiar with what I'm talking about, and if you're a man, all I can say is it's not a bad idea to watch for the tendency to talk down to women and feel entitled to take control in some way under the guise of being "helpful." Enough said.)
Anyway, Aly and I are doing a mini-earthbag workshop together tomorrow at the Fall Harvest Festival that I'm coordinating. It will be at UNM-Taos' Klauer Campus, if any of you want to come out tomorrow.
Working on this festival has been a LOT of work, but I feel pretty passionate about it because the focus is sustainability, and we're offering a bunch of different free workshops on things like solar energy independence, water catchment, adobe brick-making, just to name a few.
Aly and I are going to just give a basic introduction to earthbag building in our workshop. We'll talk about why it's a good choice for owner-builders with little or no construction experience and limited budgets. We'll show them the basic tools, and what scoria looks like. We'll show images of finished earthbag houses. I think it's going to be fun!
I also think, after this festival is over, I just want to go hide in a cave for about a month :) Well, it won't be a cave, more like an apartment that I'm moving into at the end of the month, but same difference. It's been a very active summer for me, both in terms of the physical labor of working on the building site and in terms of organizing this festival. And a lot of other things too. I'm ready for a break. I'm still hoping to get the trench finished before winter, though, and will probably have a "digging party" around the middle of October.
But for now, I've got a festival to get through tomorrow, then moving the weekend after. Miles to go before I sleep.