Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Changing Seasons

The Fall Harvest Festival has come and gone, and life is slowing down a bit now.  The earthbag workshop went well, and was fun to do.  We had eight attendees, and they were all very interested and asked a lot of questions.

Photos by Enrico Trujillo

The trench is coming along nicely, although slowly.  So far I've only been able to put in a total of about five hours on it, but have managed to do around twenty feet, which isn't bad.  And it's fun work.  One thing I've realized lately is that there are distinctly two kinds of people:  those who love digging and those who hate it. Turns out I'm one of those who love it.

This Saturday I'm having a digging party, as I've had several people offer to help.  I really want to get the whole trench dug before the ground freezes, and I figure if a few of us spend an afternoon on it, we can make some good progress.  If you're in the area and want to come, please do!  If you're a non-digger type, you could just hang out and be a cheerleader :)

Five more nights at the Sky Bus, and then I'll be living in town again for winter.  It's been getting quite cold at night, and both Graeme and I are really looking forward to being in a warm house.  I've really enjoyed living as we did over the summer, but I'm also ready for a break.  And in addition to simply enjoying things like a bathtub, an oven, a refrigerator, and stuff like that, I'm also looking forward to taking time this winter to refine my plans, so that when we move back out to the land next spring, life will be a little more organized, and I'll be able to put most of my energy into building, instead of feeling scattered and stretched thin as I did much of this summer.


  1. Oh, I am so glad to hear you will spend the winter in a warm place :-)
    Congratulations on your progress. Were I living closer to you, I'd be there to help. So would my husband, I'm sure.
    love, claire

  2. I wish I were nearby too. I would love the opportunity to see what you're accomplishing...jus too far away :-(

    Stay warm this winter and enjoy those baths !

  3. Claire, I would so love it if you were here to help! Just having your presence would be a blessing.

    Terry, I have several friends who can only be at the digging party "in spirit," so I will consider you among them :)

    My first bath in the house is going to be a very long one, believe me!

  4. I had no idea we were that cute!
    My spirit, warm in the Albuquerque sun, will be with you while you dig.

  5. We are cute, aren't we :)

    Wow - with all these people attending in spirit, I'm fully expecting a miracle. Maybe the trench will just open out of the ground, kinda like the parting of the Red Sea.

  6. must be about one more sleep now till you get the well deserved long hot bath