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

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 freeze.

霜が降りる前に蒔ストーブを入れようと4月にストーブを買って家の前まで運んでもらったものの、「明日、運びますよ」と言っていた運送屋さんが一ヶ月たっても建設現場までは運んでくれない!「マニャーニャ(明日)」という言葉は、パタゴニアではいつになるかわからない、もしくは、まったく来ない(?!)とわかり始めた私たち。「違う人に頼もう。2、3日中に運ばないと霜が降りる前に間に合わない」と決心した日に、タイミングよく、5月15日に日本から富山のあいあいが到着しました。

Well, we had purchased fire place long time ago in April and had it delivered to our town cabin. Then we asked the driver to deliver to your land because it was a original deal, then he said "Manana" (tomorrow) and he never came. "Manana" is a magic word in Patagonia. It means tomorrow but nobody knows when it comes or never comes at all. So we decided to ask another driver, Omal, who is very punctual and helpful. Then Mayumi, our volunteer from Japan arrived. We met Mayumi in South Africa last September when we organized a tree planting trip with 100 Japanese volunteers.


富山のあいあいは、去年の南アフリカ植林ツアーで一緒だった縁で、「仕事を辞めたら手伝いに行きますよ~!」と言ってくれていて、私たちも首をながーくして待っていました。

そこで、早速、以前から親しくしていたオマ―ルさんに電話。ストーブ、発電機、発泡スチロールなどを運んでもらえないかと言ったら、今すぐ行く!と勢いのいい返事。10分後にはトラックで到着してくれました!素敵!パタゴニアでは貴重な存在!手が寒い~と言っていたあいあいには、「ほら、これをはめな」と軍手をくれたオマールさん。ストーブもポールと二人で角材にくくりつけて、なんと丘の上まで運んでくれました。「御代はいらないよ!」おお~!ありがとう、オマールさん。私たちの家に興味津々のオマールさん。ポールの説明を興味深そうに聞いて帰って行きました。

As soon as Mayumi arrived, we called Omal. "We would like a transportation to our land, please" "OK. I'll be there in ten minutes" Then he came. He loaded our fire place, chimney, polystyrene, generator happily whistling in short sleeve shirts, while we were well wrapped with dawn jacket and rain gear and Mayumi rubbing her hands to get them warm. "Here, take them. Warm you up!" He gave her a pair of gloves. Soon we arrived to our land and Omal tied a piece of wood to the box of 70kg fire place with the rope and said to Paul. "Let's carry this to the hill top on our shoulder! To your new house!" So they did. This is a Patagonian way. He was very interested in our earthbag home and attentively listened Paul's explanation. I asked how much should we pay him and he said, "Money? No,no. Not necessary." What a nice man!

そのあとは、いよいよ、ストーブが家の中まで入って大喜び。あとは、煙突を取り付けて、ストーブを設置すれば、家の中は一気に暖かくなり、アースバックの壁が凍らないようにある程度の熱を蓄えられるはず!

Then Mayumi carried a generator with Paul and polystyrene to the hill top. Soon we will have a fire place and chimney installed then we wouldn't have to worry so much about our wall to freeze.

あいあいが到着して一週目のもうひとつの仕事は、マイシヤ堀り。
マイシヤというのは、1万年前の火山が噴火した時にできた軽石で、空気の穴が多く、軽いので2階の壁を作る断熱効果のある材料として最適。これも、足元から取れます。

二人でザクザク掘って、ザルの中に入れ、ビニールシートで作った水溜りでジャブジャブ洗うと、オレンジ色のきれいなマイシヤが現れます。うあわーー大きいのがあった~!!と、まるで宝探しのように大喜び。掘って、洗って、干すという作業を繰り返し、乾いたらポリプロピレンの袋に詰めて、壁を作ります。

時間はかかるけれども、こうして手で掘る作業をしていると、家の材料を地球からいただいているんだなあと謙虚な気持ちになります。
土の壁の家は、心なしか、ほんわかと気持ちのいい波動が出ている気がします。

さて、1万年前の火山の噴火からできた石で、どんな壁ができたでしょうか?

Another job for Mayumi was to dig "micillo". Micillo is a vocanic rocks made from vocanic erruption ten thousand years ago. They are very light with lots of holes with air which work well as insulation. We are going make a wall for the 2nd floor with this. We dig micillo, wash them in a pond in the strainer. Then beautiful orange rocks appears. We often find a big one, as big as our thumb. Exciting moment. It's like a treasure hunt!! We dry them for a few days in the wind and put them into the polyplopiren bags to make walls.

Yes, it takes time. However, hand digging micillo makes me feel very humble, makes me feel that we are given materials for our homes by the earth. Earthbag home surely emirate hearwarming, comfortable vibration.

To be continued.


続きはまた。


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Comment by Dawn Starnes on July 9, 2010 at 1:20pm
Thank you so much for your reply and the nice pictures. You guys look nice and cozy in your house. We are planniing a square house too. My husband use to frame houses for a living but we have both gotten much older now. Our Lazy boy chairs have become part of ou hind ends and we are weak. building tht house will be a daunting tast. Keep the pictures and updats comeing....they are so beautiful and I wish you much luck and happiness.
Comment by Konomi Kikuchi on July 9, 2010 at 12:22pm
Hi Connie, Thanks for your message. We've been thinking about visiting you, too. I'm sure we will meet each other soon. We are surprised how much rain we get here!!!! Oh, my god! Weekly storm is getting almost, every other day storm, isn't it? Well, this is Patagonia and we love it!
Comment by Konomi Kikuchi on July 9, 2010 at 12:18pm
Hi Tony, yes it is a grounding experience, digging the earth every day and making a house out of it! This is a kind of pumice stone created from vocanic erruption ten thousand years ago. It's a lovery stone and we are going to use them later for our green roof.
Comment by tonyhen on June 23, 2010 at 10:27pm
that's a neat looking stove and I presume it's a wood burner. Torrential rain storms here in Guangdong and on Lantau we are catching the edge of those storms, pelting with rain. However, it's warm rain. Is that a kind of pumice stone? Yes, you are close to our human roots, where it all started and it must be something very real, a 'grounding' experience.
Hugs
Tony and Mila
Comment by Connie Palacios on June 23, 2010 at 7:27pm
Omar is a great person, yes! I'm glad you called him and I'm glad he acted as the good neighbor he's known to be!
I guess we've all been too busy to meet yet but I hope we will soon.
It's been raining a lot. I hope the weather improves so you can better continue with the construction of your home! It must be difficult to work with all this water.

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