One of my classmates in my Your Courageous Year class shared this with us today. Be prepared to be moved....
A friend made this beautiful gypsy wagon a few years back now. I was thinking about them today because they were giving away some of their Oberhasli goats. I found them a person that wanted to take the goats. I know it wasn't an easy decision for them to give them up. Animals do that to us...whether or not it's a goat or a dog. They are a part of our circle. So, I wanted to show you a beautiful photo and link to the creation of this gypsy wagon that Kevin created. It is a work of art indeed! When we think of making a gypsy wagon for our travelling selves this is what often springs to mind.
Gyspy Wagon Photo Album of the process of creation....simply beautiful.
Last fall we put together a down and dirty hot tub. It consisted of a horse water trough and a 2 burner propane stove for a heat source. Don't put a direct heat source under a metal container that contains zinc. Immediately we smelled a noxious fume and realized that this wasn't a good thing. We checked out what other folks said about this online and found out that you cannot burn directly under these troughs. We didn't know that. So, this weekend my husband started to put together a different plan. He got an old radiator, some pipe and fittings and has created a gravity feed system that circulates the hot water that is heated up under the radiator which is cast iron. The heated water then circulates through the hot water in the "hot tub". All this water exchange creates a nice hot tub of water to relax in. We could use an open fire for a heat source which we would create alot of smoke near the tub. We are trying out the propane stove first. The photo shows the putting together of some of it.
Here is the finished project. We wanted to connect the pipes right to the tub but, it's going to involve some adjusting and refitting of some parts. The hose is going to allow us to use this alot faster. It looks like it's going to work. The propane stove needs to be cleaned out so that it holds a better flame. We had the old pipes we just need to buy the fittings. This is a quick and pretty cheap way to get a hot soak out under the stars.
I was thrilled to come across this talk by unschooler astra taylor. She gives a fantastic talk about exactly what we did in our family. This talk was part of a series on Raising Creative Kids. We unschooled in this same way and we have had a similar life as well. We unschooled for ALL of Emma's life however. It's been an incredible journey for our family. Unschooling is a lifelong pursuit and this is how we have viewed the world in relation to learning. A few months back we were at a talk at UCONN with Derrick Jensen. He asked the question..."What are some of the words you dislike?". Emma raised her hand...after unschooling all her life...said "I dislike it when people say the word "educated". It sparked quite a conversation with Derrick Jensen...he wholeheartedly agreed that this idea that one can only be educated in a school comes from a closed system of thinking of people that have gone through the government school system. "This equation of learning with schooling is problematic," says Astra. An unschooling life is incredibly creative! Enjoy this great talk.
It is my hope that folks can maintain an open mind in regards to parent/children/families choice to unschool. Instead of being invested and judgemental about a very well thought out choice on the part of families that choose this lifestyle of learning, perhaps one would take the time to examine what it is that triggers some response in them. Just because my family chose to unschool does not meant that I don't see the value in other's choices. It's what has worked for us. I have never understood the strong negative reactions on the part of others, about what we choose to do. It does not impact them in anyway. We have also had more reactions of interest and curiosity than negativity I think in part because we were not invested in what others were doing with their journey of education. It's such a personal choice. I can see why some families cannot or choose not to unschool. It wouldn't work for them for a variety of reasons. I would maintain that the educational system can learn alot from the model of unschooling. I am open to discussing what our journey has been and even more importantly what Emma's journey has been and still is. I would welcome a thoughtful and dynamic conversation regarding the creative life that we have all led and are continuing to lead.
Kerri Smith was talking about Derrick Jensen's book Walking on Water. It is a great book for anyone looking to change the educational system
"I've heard it said that within our deathly culture, the most revolutionary thing anyone can do is follow one's heart. I would add that once you've begun to do that–to follow your own heart–the most moral and revolutionary thing you can do is help others find their hearts, to find themselves. It's much easier than it seems.
Time is short. It's short for our planet–the planet that is our home–that is being killed while we stand by. And it is even shorter for all of those students whose lives are slipping away from them with every awful tick of the clock on the classroom wall.
There is much work to be done. What are you waiting for? It's time to begin."
page 216 Walking on Water
We dug out the box of seeds yesterday. It was a bit of a jumble and more than overwhelming. We have alot of house projects to get to this summer and we were thinking of doing less of a garden than we usually do. However, when we started looking at all those wonderful seed packets something sort of took over and before we knew it we had begun planting way more than we had planned. We planted several flats of Echinacea angustifolia and purpurea. This is the year that a designated Echinacea bed is dug.
Holly Hock Single Mix Heirloom Alcea Rosa: Seeds of Change
Sunflower Evening Sun: Botanical Interests
Sunflower Goldy Honey Bear: Botanical Interests
Sunflower Mammoth Russian: Botanical Interests
Echinacea Prairie Coneflower angustifolia: Botnanical Interests
Echinacea purpurea: High Mowing Seeds
Cosmos Sensation Mix: Botanical Interests
Calendula: Johnny's & Botanical Interests
Nasturtium Dwarf Jewel Mix: High Mowing Seed
Zinnia Benary's Giant: Seed Savers Exchange
Beet Early Wonder: Botanical Interests
Squash Summer Black Beauty: Botanical Interests
Squash Summer Early Prolific Straightneck: Botanical Interests
Saint John's Wort hypericum perforatum: Horizon Herbs (wild harvested)
Marshmallow althaea officinalis: Horizon Herbs (organically grown)
Milk Thistle sislybum marianum: Horizon Herbs
Some of the flats on the flower/medicinal plant side of the greenhouse. We put the vegetables on the other side. We need to get out Stella Natura: Working in Cosmic Rhythms and pay a bit more attention to the biodynamic planting calendar. We are aiming to follow the calendar however, our schedule does not always allow for this. I think if we get some better planning going around this we can work it out just fine. As in all things...sacrifices have to be made! It's a good exercise in letting go and jumping in and doing it anyway. In the past our adherence to wanting things to get done "just so" has deterred us from moving ahead in our farming efforts. Whatever steps we can take will move us ahead. It's all an experiment anyway...planting seeds, taking care, watch them grow, harvest. Exactly like our lives....ideas are born, nurtured, put out into the world, the benefits reap a tremendous harvest. I like seeds like that. It's why this place is named Journeyseeds.
Cupcake Love! These cupcakes are from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. This is the chocolate recipe with buttercream frosting. However, it's not buttercream...it's margarine. I really like the polka dot cupcake holders! This pile is off to a housewarming party.
Some foods made from May apples are applesauce, drinking or jelly juice, marmalade and pie. The first step for marmalade—and many other recipes—is to make May apple puree. Wash the fruit very well and cut off the black tip and navel. Slice into small pieces and strain through a colander to separate the seeds and peels from the pulp. A good drink is made by combining half May apple and half grape juice. Sweeten to taste, chill and serve. May apples freeze very well and they, no doubt, could be canned if you want to keep some over winter. Flowering May Apple - Goods From The Woods
Some foods made from May apples are applesauce, drinking or jelly juice, marmalade and pie. The first step for marmalade—and many other recipes—is to make May apple puree. Wash the fruit very well and cut off the black tip and navel. Slice into small pieces and strain through a colander to separate the seeds and peels from the pulp. A good drink is made by combining half May apple and half grape juice. Sweeten to taste, chill and serve. May apples freeze very well and they, no doubt, could be canned if you want to keep some over winter.
Flowering May Apple - Goods From The Woods
Wash ripe mayapples, cut away the stem and blossom ends, and any waste parts. Cut the fruit into pieces and place in a large kettle with water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer until mayapples are tender, mashing during cooking. Strain the juice through a cheesecloth or let it drip through a jelly bag. To the strained mayapple juice, add lemon juice and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then stir in pectin. Again bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil hard until the jelly stage is reached. Mayapple Flower Essence from Fox Mountain
Mayapple Flower Essence from Fox Mountain
Jamie asked the question on Wishcasting Wednesday...What do you wish to be gentle with? My first response to this question is...I wish to be gentle with my soul's dreaming. I wish for ease and gentleness around manifesting my vision for my life. I want to be courageous and accountable while also allowing a flow of allowing things to come to fruition in their due time.
I am enrolled in Kate Swoboda's e-course Your Courageous Year. Right now we are working on identifying what we'd like to work on for our year. I am putting out there that I would like to create A Permaculture & Authentic Living Center. I don't entirely know what this is going to look like. It involves a seed that was planted 4 years ago at a festival that I created. Below is a photo of the flyer from that festival.