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
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.
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!
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
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
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 !
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.
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.