July 19, 2008
Even unschoolers aren't immune from the association between fall and a new year for learning. As summer moves on we are talking about what to do in the coming year - as if September marks the beginning of anything for us. Never the less, plans are being made.
The land we cleared and the pond are sitting now, waiting for cooler temperatures. You can't plant grass or flowers or trees in the summer heat down here. So that is on hold. (And its so hard to wait!) In the mean time, we are gathering materials for the coop, the shed, and the various fences we'll need. I found a person on freecycle.org who is clearing a field. They offered us all the cedars we are willing to cut and haul. Joe is there now. (Score.)
Henry has decided to study blacksmithing. He didn't know before hand, but two serious smiths live in this area. One is an artist, rather famous in SCA circles, who makes authentic chain mail and various armour. The other is more of a working class smith, a sweet grandfatherly type, and the repository for the state association's smithing library. I called him up right away and he was full of helpful information. So that's in the works. We join the state association, start going to meetings where demos and hands on experience abound, then we take a class up in the mountains somewhere. (Dude!)Ry and I are going to build a cob oven. We are working from the advice of a friend who recently built one of her own. And we are reading a book she recommended: Build Your Own Earth Oven by Kiko Denzer. I have only one real concern about our little house. Right now it is 100% dependent on the grid. If we lose power, we lose all systems. Having a wood fired oven (and hand pump for the well) will ease my mind. So I'm reading up on ovens today. The book gives seven arguments for mud. Here is number one: "Mud is fun. Your kids can help you build an earth oven. This is very important. Do they know more about computers than they do about the earth that feeds them? With mud between their toes (and dough between their fingers,) they can learn how it feels to be a plant, with roots that can taste the fertile soil, and leaves that can eat sunlight!" (Right On.)