Our Little Thing - Creating A Sustainable Lifestyle In Patagonia

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At 7:59am on May 24, 2014, Geoff said…

Hi Paul, I am very happy to see you are blogging again. Not that I have looked recently but very happy to get an email in my Inbox. I saw recently that Paul of Permies.com has started a PAHS thing and there is a 100 acres of beautiful Canadian Shield (exposed granite) for sale nearby, It would promise a wonderfully delicious challenge, best met with earth bag flexibility I think. When I look around here, there is an obvious suitability for PAHS and earthbag. My long deceased grandfather's words echo in my ears, "You are what you do." As you've web access, I have been listening to audio readings of L. A. Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD) a LibriVox recording found via archive.org "Of Peace of Mind.", for example. I've downloaded the .pdf's too, I plan to mine them for quotes like , "The man who is everywhere, is nowhere." And then print them on T-shirts so when people see me pass on the street they are unlikely to think, "He fits this or that stereotype." I should soon be done my fencing, if I forget don't hesitate to remind me to post a photo. If you or some of your volunteers happen to be in Canada, I do hope you'll come by. Yours, Geoff

At 2:51pm on April 13, 2013, Geoff said…

Hi Paul,

We just walked around our 15 acres, yesterday saw a lot of freezing rain, our power was out for 10 hours... que sera, sera. When we were up at the high point on our land I was able to show Toni where I thought a north-facing yet still passive solar house could go. As people will do and is normal for the current social/financial paradigm, a premium would be charged for optimal (at least via conventional understanding) south-facing (Canada/Northern hemisphere) building sites. I have read the PAHS book and believe I understand clearly enough the critical or non-negotiable aspects I need to balance for a sound application. To have this north-facing aspect is to further serve as a shock value, so observers are in  a way stripped of conventional assumptions of passive solar houses having to be more like solar ovens than a house! It should also be less expensive with drastically less glass required.

I was in Toronto and had found a cafe with wireless internet service for checking email. Coincidentally my waitress was Argentinian. It was so nice to pull up your site and share with her my envy of how beautiful your location is. And to point out how your house-type would not require chopping trees down to stay warm... Thank you for being a humble example and sharing so openly your life experiences. I've been to enough Transition Toronto (http://transitiontoronto.ning.com/profile/GeoffBuddle) and the like meetings that unfortunately I see too regularly people trying to "out green" each other. 

I should go, our hoop house (www.northerngreenhouse.com style) collapsed under the snow load this winter, it was easy to return to full height  and the chickens and ducks have come through the winter better than any previous, still my temporary ridge beam needs raising the last 6" and Toni wants to plant soon, easiest time to re-establish the rebar hoops to semi-circular is while I can move about unrestricted. I do want it to look good enough that it would inspire more than it would now to try a self-built rather than re-enforce the idea that only commercially produced greenhouses can be aesthetically pleasing.

Ta for now (Hasta luego!), Geoff

At 9:45am on September 14, 2012, Patricia Rodriguez said…

thanks for accepting me !

At 9:00pm on May 1, 2012, masaki nakatani said…

Thank you very much for your information. We have been anxious since Apl.11

when last mail was received ,wuth not having idea for where to and how to contact.

I owe you a lot really . We are impressed by beautiful scenery on your web site (exiting!) 

and prompted to visit sometime although it is  too distant from us in reality.

Thank you and Konomi san again.

Masaki Nakatani

At 1:00pm on March 5, 2012, T Phillips said…

Thanks so much for taking the extra time to document what you are doing. It is a great help and inspiration to those of us with big future plans!

At 1:40pm on January 31, 2012, Lazzaris Watanabe said…

Thanks for adding me Sir!

Last summer We tried to grow some vegetables on our balcony, then We had a record of piman, nasu, spring onions and herbs, but I'm looking forward to rent a piece of land from the city hall that is for people who wants to cultivate vegetables.

You should try planting a bit of rice. I guess it's possible to have nice results!

At 2:56am on October 21, 2011, Premdip said…

Dear Paul and Konomi

I am impresssed as always with what you manage to create

Veresh is good and working leading workshops and our  training institute /commune .

Geetee is gone to Greece tthis morning for a workshop as well

we have been  working in Japan   the month of october for  the last 3 years  but not this year dure to the radiations ....so i am home and

I have my mother (80) who is not able to live alone at the moment

all is good 

lots of love


At 4:07pm on August 1, 2011, Rosalie lees said…
Hello Paul and konomi, glad to hear you are both doing well ..we have enjoyed your updates on the house build and are pleased you are now in and can call it home. What beautiful scenery you are very lucky. Keep safe and well and hopefully we can meet again in the not too distant future. Love and Best wishes.Noel and Rose
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At 1:45am on September 18, 2010, Dawn Starnes said…
Hey guys, We haven't heard from you out here in web ville in a while outside of the lovely exercise tips. I am certainly one who needs those, but alas I still remain in my lazy boy chair living thru you two vicarously. Anyway I would love to see more of your house progress. I am sure you have been extreamly busy with the oncoming warm season. Still like a sauna outside here in the Ozark Mountains. Later
At 10:55pm on September 15, 2010, Trevor James Walker said…
hi Paul__ it sure was great talking today ! it`s been a long time my friend___ I love your spirit Paul, you looked and sounded so happy with your life and what your doing down there in Patagonia____ I`m looking forward to some more contact ! hasta pronto hombre !
At 11:22am on July 19, 2010, Gabriel said…
Hi Paul,

thanks for your quick response. Take your time with my questions, I know you have a lot on your hands at the moment. Hope you and Konomi are keeping warm in the Patagonian winter!

At 5:26pm on July 17, 2010, Karen Strawn said…
Paul, I'm in Okinawa for at least one more school year and I only have one head. It is on top of my neck...
At 3:15am on July 13, 2010, Alexis Yang said…
Hi Paul, great to know more about you, both you and Konomi look find and shine. The natural scenes of Patagonia are really attracting, bring me feelings of peace and serenity. Hope to make a visit there someday in the future.
At 3:18pm on June 22, 2010, Rodrigo said…
Hi Paul, I am working in Santiago (ugly ajjaajajajaja) but this is only for 2010 because I need make a several "papers" (documents) that help me can study in a foreign college (goverment beca), so I thing could be (in cause NO beca) 2011 come back patagonia jajaja...force and hang up....my friend and konomi.
At 3:11pm on February 03, 2010, Emmauel gave Paul Coleman a gift
A tree planted for you here in cyberspace, for peace and long life. Thank you for your contribution to this place we call home, Earth!
At 12:42am on February 2, 2010, Cintia said…
hola!!espero que se encuentren muy bien..que hayan logrado sus metas...su csa...
At 10:11pm on February 1, 2010, Luis Felipe Matias Dacosta Neghm said…
Saludos desde Graneros mis buenos amigos :)
At 6:12pm on November 15, 2009, Darren Beddard said…
Paul, The video is a rather large file.
I recommend you find a more suitable place with high-speed internet bandwidth available.
Write back if you can find such a service please.
At 8:02am on November 2, 2009, Cintia said…
hello .... I hope to see you soon ... good luck ... who are very well
saludos .... take care ....

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