As Inigo Montoya said, “Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”
Since I last wrote, I…
…helped build a dry stacked stone retaining wall at Aprovecho, and went to Las Vegas for a wedding!
Learned how to use natural plasters. Every now and then it stopped raining in April…
Fell in love with reciprocal roofs
Went camping on the coast, and visited Cob Cottage Company.
Did much more work on the Playhouse, finished my independent project – a wooden stool! – and concluded the Natural Building Practicum at Aprovecho.
Went to Idaho to explore Sun Valley.
Went to Desert Rocks music festival in Green River, UT.
Camped above Hells Canyon, OR.
Came back to Apro to work trade for a few weeks and helped finish the Playhouse.
Went to the Oregon Country Fair!
Mini roadtrip up the coast.
Long summer days full of amazing Oregon sunshine spent working and playing with friends.
Took the Shelter Series at Aprovecho. Started building the Boathouse.
And a yurt!
Can’t get enough of natural building.
On weekends, helped build an earth bag root cellar. Went to an Avett Brothers concert and an Edward Sharpe concert with friends, turned 26…! and finished the Shelter Series.
Explored the Applegate Valley and went backpacking in the CA Redwoods.
Read a few good books, watched The Princess Bride at least once a month, baked, brewed, played the piano, enjoyed bonfires and full moons, and had a thoroughly good time.
And I’m at Apro still – getting better at balancing rocks between tree trunks, working on the Boathouse, making ginger beer and cinnamon buns, enjoying new friendships, and plotting my next move. I am enjoying the last delightful weeks of Oregon sunshine and as usual am getting a kick out of autumn. It’s high time I read a few spooky stories, and I definitely need to track down a whole barrel of seasonal beers!
I can’t say for certain what I’ll be doing next, although I hope it continues to be something to do with natural building or permaculture or homesteading – or books or music or travel. I hope to read a bit more this fall and winter, write a bit more, and process all that I’ve learned and experienced this year.
Waking this blog back up seems like a good place to start! Cheers, internets.