With a big pain in my heart, I have finally left UK. Farewell to you my darling!
I have move to Spain. To Zarzadilla de Totana, the nearest village to Quemao Viejo. I shall make a post about Zarzadilla, soon.
Today has been my first day “hands on” in the project. I got my pick and shovel, some water, my breakfast box and jumped in my Yamaha SR…and nearly killed myself a thousand times! It was a very windy day, and the road is in such a bad condition, that together with the wind…, now that I am writing this, I think I may be a bit…crazy? Well, Who’s not?
I wanted to do some trial with soil. To make mud to plaster the inside of the cave and make it smoother…and see what I found inside the first bucket of soil I got :
Checking on me, Kermit? I begged him to stay a bit longer. I even shared my apple with him!But he preferred to run free, and jumped good bye with a “ see you later, alligator”.
Not only that, as soon as I mixed the soil with water, a couple of wasps appeared out of the blue, buzzing they wanted their share!
The next photo has several readings. First, one could think that I am not scared of wasps. Well, of course I am! But remembering what I read about from Argentinian expert in permaculture, Antonio Uriales Cano, I thought “animals don’t hurt without a reason!” ( apart from humans, obviously). They probably just want to get some mud for building and that’s it. Do not bother them and they won’t bother you”. It was so. ( But don’t try that with a Lion…just in case!).
Second, as the great Masanobu Fukuoka wrote in his book “the one-straw revolution”: “Just observe nature, she will teach you” So I made a note to myself to check how wasps and other animals use mud for building. Sure they use an eco- and bio- and environmentally friendly method! There is a great book with hundreds ideas about building in a more sustainable way, “Shelter” by Lloyd Khan, where one can find some good examples of animal dwellings and other marvellous ideas from people living…in a different way!
And third, it gave me the idea for a competition of photography, enphoQUE. But I’ll tell you about that in other occasion, I’m still working on it.
Thanks for reading!
Ah! I forgot! The trial to plaster the cave ended up something like that:
I know! It could be anything…ha,ha.
Anyway, the one in the left is only soil, the right one, soil and sand. I’ll post the results.
See you later,