4th October 2018
I’m back in Boodaville. It’s great to be back and follow the rhythm of nature to guide our days. I miss that in our everyday society. It’s very interesting to see how my fellow Boodavillians have changed in the 2 months I’ve been away. They are so free. So confident. In touch with theirselves and taking life day by day. It makes me realised how I have changed the last 2 months too. I adapted to life in our modern society again. Guided by the clock and appointments and my mobile phone. It is amazing how I bounced back into society life. Now I need time to bounce back in nature’s rhythm. The rhythm I prefer.
I’ve been doing various projects since I’m back. Redoing the insulation on the veggie fridge, making a functioning haybox (we need to find a new name for it… Aggelos suggested sheepbox as it is insulated with wool now, not with hay). We lit the rocketstove we made this summer for the first time. It didn’t go very well, there was smoke coming out everywhere. Jordi, who is in charge of this project, calmly started to repair and showed me how I can make the best fire. He announced me the firemaster. I’m also trying to bring a leather chair back to life by using the tools we’ve got. I love being creative. I keep surprising myself with the skills I never thought I had. I’m even learning Spanish. It’s hard to believe that I arrived only last week. So many things I have learned already.
Often we swim in the river and it’s not as pleasant as it used to be this summer. These days its more… refreshing I’ve got to say. And therefore getting in the water is turning into a challenge. I keep telling myself that it will make me strong and resilient. That works well so far. I wonder how long it will last.
8th October 2018
Let’s talk about things that make my heart sing at Boodaville. For example fermenting. I love fermenting stuff.
A volunteer from Cyprus, Olivia, came in May this year to Boodaville and introduced us to sourdough. She tought us how to create our own “sourdough baby” as we call it and make the most delicious pita bread. Olivia moved on to persue her sourdough career (olivia-ioannou.wixsite.com) and we bake sourdough pita’s regularly. Sourdough is incredibly simple and tasty. Every day we feed our sourdough baby and “harvest” some already fermented sourdough to kickstart today’s bread. If we want to pause it for a few days we put our sourdough baby in the fridge, if we want to pause it for a few weeks we put her in the freezer. As simple as that.
Kombucha is fermented tea, also introduced by Olivia. We have one big jar of kombucha and since that one is going really well and tastes great we split it up in several smaller jars and have experiments. All volunteers on site have at least one little jar to do weird experiments with. At the moment we have kombucha in an airtight container, apple-kombucha and tea-free kombucha. We taste and compare. Fail and try again. It’s fun.
Least favourite under the Boodavillians but the most fascinating to me are the lactobacteria. Lactobacteria are airborne, present everywhere and all they need is a nice home (which I created in a jar with starchy water and no lid) and it grows in a beautiful sour smelling substance. It is very effective to speed up the composting process, for example if our -usually odourless- compost toilet goes smelly. It produces a lot of gas during that process and when we once added lactobacteria to closed buckets of humanure permaculture teacher Marc almost freaked out. The pressure in the buckets could build up and the lid would explode off-sending our poo flying. That’s called learning from experience, isn’t it?
10th Ocotber 2018 Sharing circles
Sharing circles could be one of my favourite things to do. We have the sharing stick that is placed in the middle of the group. Who ever feels like talking can pick up the stick and talks. Everybody else listens. I love listening to what other people have to say, are experiencing, how they are feeling. The real power seems to be in the fact that we don’t reply to each others stories. We just listen. Some people speak multiple times. Some are quiet. That’s okay too. Between me and the other long term Boodavillians I feel that we can now share stuff any time, any day. It has taught me to share real thoughts and listen without judging. And there is no right or wrong, it’s just expressing how you’re feeling and more importantly, having the time to do so.
Four days ago a new course started. Yesterday we had our first sharing circle together. How Boodavillians, teacher and participants were all equal. We are all people. We’re all on a journey. Everyone has their own issues. And maybe we have more in common than we think.
Also after she sharing circle the sharing atmosphere stuck. I felt people were more open, it was amazing to experience how it brought the group closer together.
Let’s talk heat efficiency. We have our now functioning rocketstove made out of an old drum, bricks, soil, clay and straw. All it needs is twigs and little branches and it goes incredibly hot and stays hot for a long time. It keeps surprising me. The only downside is that it does require little fire and little tending to produce a great amount of heat. I love fire and making fire. But I guess fuel efficiency and environmental benefits make me feel good too.
A project I did is the sheepbox. It’s a very well insulated box that’s great for cooking. It’s made from a wooden box another volunteer build long time ago. I insulated it with wool that once belonged to the yurt. The yurt got blown away on a windy day and volunteers searched the valley to recollect all the wool. Now this wool is in the sheepbox. Next, I got a t-shirt made out of organic cotton, probably left behind by a Boodavisitor. I sowed it into a pillow filled with wool. Then I got one of my t-shirts, that once belonged to Anna, then was used as a watertank cooler, went travelling with me to the most remote parts of Sweden and made it’s way back to Boodaville. I turned this t-shirt in a pillow just like I did with the other one. So much history in one climatebox. We sure it as a slowcooker for rice and legumes (with enough space to feed 15 people easily) as well as to grow our sourdough when autumn temperatures take over and it’s too cold outside for the sourdough to do it’s thing. It’s great.