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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Eco Dome construction by Super-Adobe technique - Construcción de una Eco Domo por técnica de Super-Adobe - アースバックの技術を使用したエコドーム建設

This explains Eco Dome construction using Super-Adobe technique, which is the similar system we used to build our house in La Junta.

Este explica construcción de una Eco Domo por técnica de Super-Adobe. Sistema similar que nuestra casa in La…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on September 12, 2012 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Birds Eye View Of Our Little Thing

Yesterday we visited our friend Cristiano Giordani's land, with our next door neighbours and their dogs. He…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on September 3, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Harvest Season in Patagonia - Abundance in Life 収穫の秋!人生がぐんと豊かに。

Last spring, I have planted more than 30 types of vegetables and herbs in our permaculture garden, and now we are harvesting plenty of vegetable, all organic. Our garden did very well and amazed all the visitors. (Here in Southern Hemisphere, it's autumn in March)

I learned how to make…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on March 28, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

THE HAWK IN FRONT OF THE WINDOW! 目の前に鷹が降りて来た!

One morning, I noticed a hawk flying very low around our house. Looking out t hrough the window, I could see him circling around, then next thing you know, he landed just in front of me, on the other side of the glass, 50cm away, looking curiously into the window. I picked up our…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on November 2, 2011 at 6:44pm — 4 Comments

Building a Compost Toilet - House of Rising Sun コンポストトイレ(朝日のあたる家)を作る

Choosing A Slope With A View
With Cliff we completed a path from the hilltop house to the vegetable garden, and started building a compost toilet. 
Originally we were…
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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on December 27, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Back in Patagonia with Friends 友達と一緒にパタゴニアに戻ってきました

(Photo) Very well Knitted Grass Wall
On Dec. 3rd, we came back from South Africa to Patagonia with Italian Friend, Cristiano. He had been traveling around the world since June and chose to see us at…
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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on December 27, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

OUR NEW HOUSE AS ANCIENT GREEN APPEAL アースバックと芝草の家



We have been stacking turf everyday for the last month and finally our turf wall is coming along nicely!


Now we have almost all front side on the first floor is covered with turf.
Two weeks of nice weather helped us a lot.


We had a fire today in the house, and it was incredibly warm!! It was like a sauna!


Eventually, we are going to build turf…
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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on September 27, 2010 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Updates - Outside Wall

Since we are back from our vacation, the weather is nice and enable us to build outside wall. This wall is to protect the first wall from cold weather and sun, and this is going to be a base structure for our turf wall.




This is the south side of our house. Now we are building north and west sides. In the meanwhile, we planted fruits trees and rasberry bush on our…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on August 13, 2010 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Tale of The Fifth Valley in Patagonia パタゴニア 第五の谷の物語





On the third week of Mayumi's stay, we went to Valle El Quinto (The Fifth Valley) where we have our second land. We had been there three times in last three years but never had a chance to stay longer than one hour. This time we decided to stay overnight at Lucio's farm…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on July 15, 2010 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Do What We Can, Do It While We Can できることを見つけて、それをやろう

Mayumi has been a great help. She enjoys everything she does. She doesn'd mind cold or bad weather. She always find something positive in any situation. That's a wonderful talent. Inspired by her, we worked even harder. Paul made a frame for chimney and three of us installed a fire place. It was difficult and it took us all day until after dark. However, full moon helped us illuminating the roof and chimeny. Mayumi said, "the moon is shining on us saying you should get it…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on July 9, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Winter has come to Patagonia and We have a fire place!! パタゴニアは本格的に冬の到来

パタゴニアは本格的に冬の到来です。雪が山を降りてきて、水溜りに氷が張り、大きな霜柱が立つようになりました。

霜柱を踏みながら歩くのは、本当に久しぶり!楽しくてわくわくする。。。のですが、アースバックホームは壁の材料になっている土が凍ってしまわないようにしなければなりません!

Winter has come to Patagonia. Snow is getting closer, ice in the pond, and big frost on the ground. It is fun walking on the frost, but it is not good for the earthbag walls because they might…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on June 22, 2010 at 9:29pm — 5 Comments

Roof is Done! 屋根が出来上がりました

After we finished our roof structure and all the volunters had left in mid April, we had rain almost everyday. Paul did almost all the roofing work and it took us one month...and finally we did it!



棟上げをしてから1ヶ月!4月の半ばから毎日ほとんど雨だったこと、ほとんどの作業をポールが一人でやったということもあり(私は材木を運んだり、足場を運んだり・・・)、思ったよりも時間がかかりました。



でも、やり遂げました。

The challenge we fased were...

1) The roof has to be strong enough to support green roof.

2) The roof has to have…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on April 19, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Turf walls and cabins we did not expect to build 次はキャビンを作り、芝草で壁を覆う

Icelandic Turf Houses

House of Erik The Red, the King who settled Greenland. House was built about 1000 years ago.

Beautiful Wall Pattern &…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on February 21, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Summer Festival in La Junta ラ・フンタの夏祭りと3人目のボランティア到着



It's been three months since we came to Chile, so in mid January we traveled to Argentina over on the other side of the Andes to get another three month tourist visa. We are going to apply for a permanent visa once we get our house built, but until then it is necessary to renew our visa every three months.

In Argentina we…

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Added by Konomi Kikuchi on February 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

DIGGING FOR DOMES ドームを作る場所を掘り始める

12月10日から、自分たちでドームを作る場所を掘り始めた。草を剥いで、草の根っこが張っている表土をとりのぞく。



アースバックに入れる土に有機物が混ざっていると、年月がたってそれがバックの中で芽を出したり成長したりして、固まった土がひび割れする原因になる可能性があるらしい。

そこで、有機物はアースバックに使わないのだ。



すっかり表土を取り除くのに、二人で6時間かかった。



We started to dig on December 10th. We removed turf from the surface and the top soil which was 50cm deep.

We don't use top soil for earthbags because organic matters might grow out… Continue

Added by Konomi Kikuchi on January 5, 2010 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Essay For 'Earthist' 「EARTHIST」の巻頭ページにパタゴニア紀行が掲載されました。



Paul is now a main columnist for the newly created 'Earthist' Magazine. The first essay is "Why Pagatonia?" and talks about our reason for choosing to build our home there.





This issue also features Dr. Noel Brown, former UN Environmental Program Director (UNEP). He was one of the key figures at the 1990 UN Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro who coined the term 'Earthwalker' after he met… Continue

Added by Konomi Kikuchi on January 4, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

さて、どこに穴を掘る? Where do we dig?



11月28日に新しいビニールハウスが完成して、次はドームハウスのデザインに移った。



もともと1年前に設計した家は、5メートルドームと3メートルドームを2つずつ作り、それを3メートルの壁で囲んでいくという計画で、200平米の大きな家ができあがる予定だった。でも、実際にやり始めてみると、最初に小さな家を作って、そこに住みながら大きな家を作った方がいいという結論に達した。



After we completed our poly-tunnel on November 28th, we moved on to designing our dome house.



About a year ago, we came to this land and designed our two bedroom house with a conservatory. We were going to build four domes and… Continue

Added by Konomi Kikuchi on December 30, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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