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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Of Birds and Bunnies and Shrooms...
The flowers are calling the butterflies out of their cocoons, and the birds are whistling love songs to each other in the trees. The air is getting hotter as summer approaches, and the jungle is bursting with green.
Not only are there wild birds (like the whistle-screamer mohawked fellow above), but our own feathered flock increased in size: new chicks!
And introducing (drum roll here): our new bunnies!!
We have three new little bunnies, and one mama rabbit due to have a new litter any day now. More photos to come (of course).
We've been filling the garden with heat-loving plants, and fighting back the over-abundance of grasshoppers this season.
But all this heat and rain has done the fungal world lots of good.
We took a meandering foray into the woods to look at the mycelium in all its wonderful forms.
This one, for example, is a rough-tough shroom on the outside...
... and fabulously zebra-striped on the inside!
This is a type of Parasol mushroom that we found growing wild, and are now trying to propagate for eating. Mmmmm...
Mushrooms in mud??
Speaking of mud buildings, our cabin is going up up up:
Adobes in line, and bottles going in:
Windows fixed in for added light.
Bottles, wattle-n-cob in the inbetween spaces.
Bottles-jewels and car windows, cobbed into place. More indirect lighting.
We just started the plaster layers, so soon enough the cabin will be ready for final touches.
The local school kids came out for a visit, and then made a mock-up of Mama Roja to present in a state-wide ecology competition. They won round 1, so now they are off to spread the word at the next level. The model was made out of mud and recycled materials. They included so many details: solar panel, fire circle, solar cooker, cabins, trees, the yoga shala, even the African-style fridge in the community kitchen! We wish them good luck!
Bread-art: (crazy interns!)
Our intern field trip to visit Paulina at the Chacra Suiza.
The eco-venture odyssey has begun... and her name is Mama Roja. She is a dream of a sustainable lifestyle, more self-sufficiency, less environmental impact. She exists on 32 hectares (80 acres) of (what´s left of) gorgeous forest in the central hills of Misiones, Argentina. This is our homestead, our learning project, our place to live in peace. We want to be constructive, responsible beings, which for us means living as ecologically as possible, cultivating a deep partnership with the land we live on. We believe we can provide for our basic needs (food/water, shelter, clothes, medicine) through simple, natural means. An organic garden. Natural building using local, site-found, and salvaged materials. Connecting with our fellow beings by offering a place to share knowledge and skills, and gain new insight and understanding.We want to live in harmony with nature, reconnect with her wisdom, and savor her delights. By culitvating awareness of our attitudes and actions, we can have a postive effect on our place in this world.