August 2010

Past two weeks I’ve been busy making the window frames and the doors for the Atelier. I’m almost finished, I have to make the last half of the door. Obviously this is when I find the crooked thing in the house. It could have been the something on the wall in the back, but it has to be something in front, in plain sight. The grove and the door frame is a full centimeter crooked.  Well I don’t know how yet but I’m going to have to deal with it, or it will be one drafty door. Here is how the smallest window looks. Note that the rope is not to hang myself, my woodworking place doubles as bike repair shop. It is kind of annoying to repair a ball bearing in 2 cm of sawdust.

My son got inspired to embark  his own woodworking project. He stole the iron saw from my dad while he was putting the electrics in the Atelier. He was super concentrated and sawing surprisingly controlled. This is kept him occupied for a while, until frustration kicked in about the lack of progress.

I got inspired too, by these guys. I don’t know if the bandana makes you a better woodworker but it keeps the sweat from running into your eyes and the sun from burning my neck even more.

I also managed to make new horses as support for putting the window frames together. I needed someting straight and strong. Later they’ll be used as table for working, and as a display table when Mariana goes to a market.


Our new organic de-weeding units perform very well, they eat almost everything. They seem to have a preference for rotten fruits and dandelion, which is good we have lots of that. They also really liked rotten tomatoes. It became more fun to de-weed. Everything you pull out becomes a play, will it be eaten or not and with what amount of enthusiasm. And most of the time it will be eaten. For the maximum amount of excitement and running about, I throw in some snails in the coop.

Here is the business end of the de-weeder.

Doing very well too are the poppies, we have had tons of flowers, and now we have tons of seed pods. Not only we can get opium (biological!) from the seed-pots, which is nice,  but we can also use the seeds for baking and poppyseed oil. These large amount of poppies do attract some unwanted visitors tough.

Unwanted visitors.

Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.’

Douglas Adams  – Speech at Digital Biota 2, Cambridge, UK, (1998)