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

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New Terraces and Pit Greenhouse

It's been a busy year, so busy that we've not had much time to add blogs to the community, anyway, here I am with news. Last November we began receiving volunteers from the workaway program, an international web community of volunteers and over seventy people turned up in the course of the next…

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Added by Paul Coleman on July 20, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Map/plan Of Our Land Here In La Junta

This map, lovingly drawn by Konomi, shows the work that has been done on our land over the last four years. We consider things 80% complete and things to be done over the next year include the completion of our guest house, a covered walkway/kitchen space to the greenhouses (which we are presently working on) and the completion of a bathing area complete with hot tub fired by a rocket stove that will use the twigs and branches which we can now coppice fron the bushes that have grown all over…

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Added by Paul Coleman on September 6, 2014 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Map/plan Of Our Land Here In La Junta. Mapa / Plan De Nuestra Tierra Aquí en La Junta. 私たちのプロジェクト全体図ができました

EN/ES/日本語: This map, lovingly drawn by Konomi, shows the work that has been done on our land over the last four years. We consider things 80% complete and things to be done over the next year include the completion of our guest house, a covered walkway/kitchen space to the greenhouses (which we are presently working on) and the completion of a bathing area complete with hot tub fired by a rocket stove that will use the twigs and branches which we can now coppice fron the bushes that have…

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Added by Paul Coleman on September 6, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Late Winter Multi-Coloured Potatoes

EN/ES/ Konomi harvested ten kilos of potatoes from one of our Hugelkultur gardens. It's was a nice harvest of four varieties, three very rare which originate from the island of Chiloe, the large island that sits just off the coast of Chilean Patagonia. Chiloe is known as one of the homes of the potato, along with Peru and they are delicious. One day we'll make a special trip to Chiloe in search of many more varieties.

Konomi cosechado diez kilos de papas de uno de nuestros jardines…

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Added by Paul Coleman on August 23, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Did you know: The first 1000 bags we used in our Patagonian house building project were Re-Used.

Back in 2009 when we arrived in Patagonia to build on the land we bought two years earlier, we first ordered 1000 used polypropylene feed & fertilizer bags to aid in the construction process. The bags had been recollected by the distributors from the farmers they had sold them to, after the said farmers had used their contents. They were of varying sizes and quality, many were laminated, some were not.

As is usual for products delivered to Patagonia, the way in…

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Added by Paul Coleman on May 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Long Time No Posts But That Is About To Change. Empezamos a escribir un blog de nuevo. ブログを再開します。

Photo: June 2013 Path from the bottom of our land, almost complete to the house. With Konomi and Hello Kitty.

Foto: Junio 2013. Sendero desde el fondo de nuestra tierra , casi completa a la casa. Con Konomi y Hello…

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Added by Paul Coleman on May 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Dragon Tree An... Our Fairytale Reality おとぎ話を現実に~龍樹庵から届けます

It's been a while since we last posted on Our Little Thing. We've been busy, building paths, creating the gardens and most recently deeply embedded in the world of fairy tales that I have been creating for years and are now in the process of turning them into a series of E Books . Each story is illustrated,…

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Added by Paul Coleman on July 3, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Volunteer Report On The Donation Of Our Prize From The Earth Day Living Contest To FTFA

Just received this wonderful report from Food and Trees For Africa regarding the Permaculture Food Garden began by a community in the township of Soweto, that is benefiting from the US $1000 price we won from the Wiser Earth's Earth Day Living Contest and donated to them.…

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Added by Paul Coleman on December 19, 2012 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Gernot Minke's 'Building With Earth' - A Great Resource For Earth Builders

Great! Just found the188 page complete version of Gernot Minke's 'Building With Earth'. This is a fabulous book, from a man with a long history in green building. Great read. Plenty to munch on. Free download!!

Next, I'll be seeking out the English version of his book on Green Roofs. I've seen the Spanish book, it's loaded with…

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Added by Paul Coleman on September 15, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Picnic Zone Added To Greenhouse And Pond.

The earth we've dug out to create the pit style greenhouse has been placed into earthbags and used to create a path to walk on and a the new pond to feed the plants. In the process we have created a new comfort zone, where we will make a bench, plant roses and have a nice picnic view zone.

This large mound of earth in the corner contains good soil that drains well and that we hope is suitable for cantaloupes and watermelons, a crop, up until now, not grown…

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Added by Paul Coleman on September 5, 2012 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

New Pit Style Greenhouse, Turf Wall and Garden Terraces.

We're building a new greenhouse, hoping to grow Watermelons and Canteloupes, rare things…

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Added by Paul Coleman on August 29, 2012 at 10:03pm — 2 Comments

Finishing The Interior 内装が出来上がり始めました

We`ve finally got around to finishing the interior of the house. And I`ve decided to take a siesta! A great addition has been the very comfortable queen sized futon. Walls have been lined with Tepa, a local wood, and jute, which allows the earthbag walls to continue to breathe, which makes the air…

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Added by Paul Coleman on August 20, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Home Made Furniture 手作り家具

I have been busy making the furniture for our cabin. Here is a bench/storage cupboard. It`s very solid, holds a lot of food…

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Added by Paul Coleman on August 20, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Exciting Earthbag Project in Northern Chile. Superadobe (Sacos de Tierra) proyecto en el norte de Chile.

Felix Vargas, who lives up in the north of Chile, where it is much warmer and drier, is building a large earthbag structure and he`s doing a very impressive job, thanks to the help of more than one or two…

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Added by Paul Coleman on July 24, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Great News!!! We've won an International contest for our little thing.

A month or so ago I entered Wiser Earth's, Earth Day Living contest, and two days ago I got a message to say that we had been chosen as the winners, for our work here in Patagonia to create a sustainable lifestyle, through our home and gardens.…

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Added by Paul Coleman on June 20, 2012 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Turf Wall Almost Complete

It's taken some time, but the turf wall I've been building almost completely surrounds the house and gardens. I just need to make a couple of gates and we'll be able to get the ducks. I have already begun planting local bushes, Chilco, that have lovely red and purple flowers, on top of the new wall. This should look very beautiful.

The photo #2 shows the new terraces I've created while getting the turf for the wall. We'll plant them more…

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Added by Paul Coleman on April 3, 2012 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

The Gardens

At the moment we have three places where we are planting and harvesting. The North garden which features, ten terraces and two ponds, with just three terraces planted at this moment, the south garden, where our earthbag polytunnel and future duck pond are located, and the North West garden, which is experimental,  but doing very well and features, Chia, linseed, mustard, along with more regular crops like peas, carrots, radishes and beans... coastal quinoa which we hoped…

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Added by Paul Coleman on April 1, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Owen Geiger's Earthbag Building Blog



I visited the earthbag building blog of Owen Geiger today. I go there often, loads of useful information, presented in a simple manner and read of a new PAHS home being built in the USA.. Above is a photo from the blog.

“Earthen Hand Natural Building recently has created an 800 sf earthbag house on…

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Added by Paul Coleman on March 27, 2012 at 8:52pm — 3 Comments

Digging And Bagging: An International Team Lays Foundations For Guest cabin

We`ve begun the work on our new guest cabin, located in a secluded and well sheltered spot on our land. Joining us for…

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Added by Paul Coleman on March 11, 2012 at 4:02pm — 3 Comments

Occupy Our Food Supply Patagonia... Healthy Food Healthy Living

February 27th was the Occupy Our Food Supply Global Event to highlight the need for people take control of their own food supply by going organic and discouraging the use of Genetically Modified Crops and seeds. We joined in by beginning a new greenhouse, which will be built in the Walipini style that…

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Added by Paul Coleman on March 5, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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