Our Little Thing - Creating A Sustainable Lifestyle In Patagonia

Creación de un estilo de vida sostenible en Patagonia  パタゴニアでサステイナブルな暮らし作り

February 2011 Blog Posts (4)

This series of photo's shows how we are installing our PAHS (Passive Annual Heat Storage) system



Photo # 1 First we grade the earth slightly away from the house. Then we place the insulation and next the plastic sheeting that will take away the water and allow the earth to become warm and dry. The expanded polystirine extends at least three meters beyond the house, but will not be used on the floor inside. These things are crucial as the heat the house gathers from the summer sun and the fire will be stored in this dry earth and released through the…

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Added by Paul Coleman on February 4, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

A VERY PATAGONIAN WAY TO RE-USE A POLYPROPLENE FEEDBAG

We've used 1000 recycled polypropolene bags in the costruction of our house. WQe have used them as retaining walls, as temporary door covers, for stuffing up the gaps between the roof and the walls during the winter months while we waited to plaster and even to make supports for our polytunnel and to build our outsoor toilet, but the other day at the La Junta fiesta we saw another use - for helping to guide cows to places they don't want to go like branding fires or…

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Added by Paul Coleman on February 3, 2011 at 7:01pm — No Comments

A RARE TREAT



We're only 80 kms from the ocean and yet we hardly ever see any seafood! La Junta is a cowboy town and everyone eats beef and sheep - except us. There was a lady who sold fish from a small hut for a couple of months but she's dissapeared to more fishy climes, so it came as a small miracle that one day Konomi went to the local store and lo and behold a huge bag of King Crab Claws fresh from the nearby pacific. Just US$10 for the lot and a nice change for us and Cliff, who's…

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Added by Paul Coleman on February 2, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

PRODUCE FROM THE GARDEN

 Konomi with the first handful of Raspberries picked from our freshly created garden - not many yet, as we're busy and the birds are beating us to the bushes. But we are enjoying lots of basil and various greens which are growing on the polytunnel. Meanwhile I am creating terraces while covering the retaining walls for the turf we've piled around the house - these will eventually become out house food garden and should look very pretty. Konomi loves gardening and can hardly wait to… Continue

Added by Paul Coleman on February 1, 2011 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

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