Monday, November 28, 2011

The House on the Hill

And up it goes...

The house on the hill is blooming in our muddy hands.
The living room...
The water level reveals the truth of our good work.
On-site trees recycled into scaffolding to get those tall walls up.
Columns add support between windows, and a touch of buttress-flare to the structure.
The joy of being a mud builder!

Sweet plaster days of joy.
The mud is irresistible!
The bathroom... bottle installation in the shower, for light and a view!
Earthen building is surprisingly easy, and fun!
On the ladder to greatness.
Side view with improvised roof-- rain protection?
The kitchen bottle wall between the window openings.
A tribute to the many buckets of mud toted and built with. Nice hauling!

In a bathroom plaster bliss...
The finishing details on the structure... in progress!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks

So much to be grateful for in this life!

We spent a whole day giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives, including friendship, health, love, the sharing of knowledge, growth in learning, and the joy of community. And of course we ate our way into a delirious food-inspired bliss.
We fired up the earthen oven and made empanadas, breads, pumpkin pie...etc, etc.

To top it all off, a friend shared with us the art of aerial acrobatics on a silk cloth suspended from a tree! So much fun, if not extra challenging from the weight of our full bellies.

Let's not forget to give deep gratitude to the garden (and her spirits) for blooming full of food and lessons.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Taller de Bioconstruccion

What a wonderful weekend workshop! November 5-6, 2011

Folks came out to put their hands in the mud and learn a bit about earthen building.

It was a lovely sharing experience between our international interns, local Misioneros and visiting Paraguayans.Gracias a todos por su participacion y buena energia.