Another few amazing days at the Bullocks.
The Bullocks crew making earthen plaster. A mix of clay subsoil, sand, horse manure, chopped straw, wheat paste, and fresh cow manure. What a fantastic material! All ingredients are biodegradable, cheap and easy to access here. Its also a fun non-toxic process that kids can join in. Plus, it's a great work out, especially for your legs and hips during the stomp-mixing process. Best to have pumping music (live band if possible), fresh fruits, water, and sun.
Sam and skill-builder Charlie examining a leaking kitchen faucet.
It's important to investigate problems and figure out how to fix it.
Learn how to be the expert by doing.
The duck enclosure.
This area is a duck, pear, mint, rhubarb guild.
Umbrellas for shade and a pond-like area is provided to keep our ducks comfortable.
Bullocks talk about how ducks have helped keep the slug population low in the garden.
They also lay very tasty eggs and are awesome creatures to observe.
Four of them were recently harvested and we had delicious Peking duck and slow cooked roasted duck.
Wine making with champaign yeast and fruits from the property.
They recently got a champaign corker to make some serious champaign.
No messing around
Afternoon light shining on the root and fruit celler.
The structure is made with ferro-cement, and the frame for the roof is made from two metal satellite dishes.
The structure is shaded with edible plants to keep temperature low.
Not only is this a space for storage, it is also a productive space.
Permaculture principles: obtain a yield, small-scale intensive systems, staking functions,
use biological resources, energy planning
Charlie putting flashing on the boat shed.
He's a great one to have around.
Electrician, builder, scavenger, magic card enthusiast.
Very important permaculture qualities.
Yuriko creating a sub-saharan Africa themed coop for the keets.
Madrona branches sets the scene and serves as a roosting branches.
In Japanese we say kawaiiiiiiiii (very common phrase)
The amazing green house.
Made from many scavenged materials, this is a great element for learning about energy,
staking functions, and redundancy.
In addition to sun and humans, heat is also generated by the wood-stove shower and sauna.
We made dehydration racks, for herbs and fruits, that are used in the sauna.
During harvest time, the Fall, the sun sets earlier, the day becomes cooler, and solar dehydration becomes more difficult.
But, as it cools, we take more saunas, so there is extra heat to use for dehydration.
Connecting needs and yields.
Marsh weeds have been used more extensively on the garden beds as mulch.
Fresh grass clippings are also popular, as it is said to add nitrogen to the soil, discourage snails and slugs, and decompose quickly. We also produce quick a bit of it.
Using onsite resources.
Onions drying next to the ping pong table,
with the aloha lodge in the background.
The alders dominate this area but they will be replaced by chestnuts (succession).
Freshly harvested onions drying in the sunset.
Tonga sneaking out of the bushes with hunting eyes.
He was carrying a vole in his mouth garnished with an oregano flower.
All creatures at the Bullocks seem to be foodies.
Now for the weekly family dinner!
We begin with various beautiful farm salads, 2~3 days young pickles, and pasta.
Behind is a blueberry plant wrapped to keep birds and maybe kids away.
Reminds me of Christo (below)
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eat your veggies
Zucchini (aka corgette), eggplant (aka aubergene), and shiitake from logs.
I think we grilled lamb too.
We also enjoyed this beautiful corn called hookers blue.
While the kernals are white-yellow it is very juicy and sweet,
then as it turns purple it becomes more starchy.
This one was a delightful cocktail of both flavors.
The skill-builders like to eat it raw.
Spending the evening together around a fire.