Saturday, 1 July 2017

Andrea in the month of May

 

 

 
Andrea, a young yoga enthusiast from Portland California gets a post to herself as she was here on her own with Kevin and I for a few weeks .... she got involved in so many different projects here ... with great enthusiasm ..

Andrea started by helping to create the 'yoga
lawn' - she dug earth from the pond area to
level this piece of land.  Here she is compacting
the soil in preparation for sowing the lawn seed.
 
Sieving the local 'sable de Bayeux'
to be used for lime rendering
in the house.
 
She had a go at lime rendering
with calcic lime with the expert
help of Phil - a local English
builder and experienced renderer
who gives us a hand from time to
time ....
 
She loved the feel of the lime ... and
felt inspired to build her own home -
a tiny house ...
 
Mixing lime on the palette ..




To get the right texture ...
 

 
We went to collect sawdust for the dry toilet
 and woodchip for the garden paths from a local
sawmill ...
 
Oh so Californian - she went a step beyond tree
hugging. A new concept - wood chip hugging!!
 

The mountain girl transplanting mountain
orach ... one of my favourite plants.  It self
seeds freely now in the round garden and
provides leaves for salads and cooking and
it's real purdy!!



 


She researched and made compost using manure,
nettles scythed from the land, grass cuttings and
kitchen waste ...
 
Scything the nettles that conveniently grow next
to the compost bays
.

 
Treading damp straw which will
help to activate the composting
process ...
 
I'm looking forward to your next visit Andrea.  Thanks for your help, your company, the laughter, your enthusiasm and for sharing your love and sensitivity for the natural world.   Good luck with your yoga and tiny house projects .....

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