October 2010

James May, yes the one from top gear writes some good stuff now and then;

James May’s lost man skills

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Also worth a visit is the “Compendium of Useful Information” sometimes a bit apocalyptic, but most information is useful.

Then I came across this video from TED, where Richard Preston is talking about the ecosystem in giant Redwood trees.


We decided to take a few days off, Seba was free from school, I took a couple of days off and Mariana promised to not touch any wool for four days. We did not want to go too far away, and the only thing we really wanted to do is walk in the woods. So we went to Sauerland in Germany. Sauerland is an rural area in the east of Nord-Rhein-Westphalen, it has some hills but it is low enough to have deciduous forests. The weather is always great if you don’t mind rain, wind and cold. The specific town where we went was Heringhausen on the shore of the Diemelsee, a lake formed by the Diemeldam. The Diemeldam is made as a hydroelectric plant in 1924.

The woods around the Diemelsee have mainly beech and oak trees (also larch and pine) and we came just in the right moment, when the leaves started to turn yellow and brown.

Seba and I checking the map, making sure we where going the right direction.

These are some examples of timber-framed houses in Korbach, worth a visit if you like timer-framed houses. The houses in Korbach are richly decorated and painted in many colours something I haven’t really seen before in this form, it is also unique in the region. Lots of woodcarving in the posts and text engraved over the doorways.

Also typical for Sauerland is the slate covering of roofs, walls and sometimes complete houses. Very often the rain side of the houses is covered in slate.

This is how Florcita’s atelier looks from the inside. Everything is painted or oiled now, except for the floor which is going to be white. Not to many technological achievements here, just wanted to share the view.


Nope, this is not for eating, this concoction is a mix of several plant dyes.  As far as I know it contains madder, woad and meekrap . Sorry about that, it contained only madder, and the copper of the kettle. Mariana wanted to dye some wool and experiment a bit.  Seba and I volunteered making a fire in the garden, fire and boys is always a winning combination. We smelled pretty smoked.

We also managed to paint the front of the atelier, welcome in Sweden. The red rotfarg paint works very well, it goes straight on the boards, without sanding, you only have to take the sand of a bit.  The walls inside are plastered they just needs to be painted (and cleaned). Some of the windows have been put. Things are moving forward. I hope that everything is done before the end of october. There is also a lot of garden work coming up, I need to do lots of pruning on the fruit and nut trees around our house.

The is also some harvesting to be done, these brussels sprouts are almost there.