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Posted December 12th, 2010 - 11:58 am by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the farm tribe - late November 2010.

Dear wannabe sea-gypsies.

Sailing the Farm late November 2010. The snow has arriwed, its -10C
outside but warm inside the farm-hosue . We managed to finish up the
barn just in time before the snow arrived, and we are back on the
boat.

These days we have been working on making a small scale sails in 1/10
with junkrig. Its cheaper to mistakes in 1/10 than in original
version. We are not really happy about the sail-construction yet so
the plan now is to put on on a model and see how it works, before we
start to sew up the big sails.

Also started the slow process of melding down lead to ingots. We
probably need 5-6 tonns of lead so its a long way to go.

If you want to join our cool sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.

Pictures from last weeks: The chinese eskimo-girl sorting out
scraplead for ballast. Sail-sewing girl is making model-sails for
testing. Painting bee-hives for next summer. All will be
green. The Boat with 2 mast and junk-rig.

Peace and love from
Sailing-the-farm tribe.










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Posted December 12th, 2010 - 2:44 pm from Manchester, England
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Posted December 12th, 2010 - 5:36 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
thanks for support. yes sissy did a great work and hope to see her back on the dream project in future :-)

peace and love
ze


Posted December 21st, 2010 - 10:14 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the Farm tribe december 2010.

Dear friends.

Its been a cold november and december (coldest since 1919 they say) It
feels more like january with temperatures down to -25 C but work goes
forward as usual. We are still working with the sails model and still
not really happy with the construction so some time to go before we
scale up in real size and start to make it. 5-6 people have been here
last weeks. We managed also to melt some hundreds kg of beeswax out
of old beeframes which hopefully will be candles in future. Then we
also are working on the boat as normal.

Im sitting alone in front of the fire and writing up the last
Newsletter of 2010. Looking back, 53 people from all over the world
have been helping moving "Sailing the Farm" project forward in
2010. All more or less amateurs but they have all done a tremendous
work both on farm and on the boat. This adds up to 836 working days
or more than 6000 hours! Without this help this project will be
impossible to finish.. Im very grateful for all who have been
contributed, the laughter and jokes around the dinnertable and most of
all the good memories.

So when the fire slowly burns out and its time to go to bed, I wish
you and your loved ones a peaceful christmas and a happy new year and
hope to see you in 2011.

Pictures from last weeks: The sailmaking model goes forward. Mr Cat
and boatbuilding dog share the couch after a hard day. Boathouse in
wintersnow.

Peace and love from
Sailing-the-farm tribe.








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Posted January 23rd, 2011 - 4:19 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the Farm tribe january 2011

Dear friends.

New year and new possibilites! I bet 2011 will be a good year for our
dream project. More and more people are joining to help pushing
sailing the farm tribe forward so sofar it looks good.

Last weeks we have been working hard on the boat project and farm. Its
5 people here now from different countries from all the world. The
farm has also got a few more permanent inhabitants - we found out that
its time to get self sufficient on eggs so now we have chickens -
hopefully there will be plenty of eggs in a few months time. The
indoor garden is growing slowly and wonder of wonder we have now 2 red
tomatoes! :-) That is really a slow growing plant!

Of more serious farm work we are cleaning 2500 frames in Sodium
hydroxide (NaOH) or better known as caustic soda which will be used
for next years beekeeping project. We made a 2x1 meter box out of 1 mm
aluminium for washing those frames, but suddenly found out that this
stuff was extremely corrosive. That box lasted only 2 days! Thankfully
there will be no NaOH on the boat! :-)

Pictures from last weeks: chickens under the green lamp, cleaning
beekeeping frames, a boatbuilding girl in front of the boat.

Peace and love from
Sailing-the-farm tribe.








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Posted March 13th, 2011 - 4:02 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the Farm tribe march 2011

Dear friends.

The coldest months are behind us thankfully. Daylight get longer
every day and soon the springtime will be here. It has been maybe
10-15 very nice wannabee sea-gypsies here last 2-3 months and we have
made good progress.

We have been working hard on the boat and farm since last
newsletter. Since last time we are more or less finished with the
dieseltanks and watertanks inside the boat and also fixed the position
of the small engine we plan to install.

Making stuff for beehives is more or less finished. Cleaning and make
wax-moulds for 200 bee-hive boxes took a lot of time but only a few
days away finish up this step.

Of less serious business, as tradition on the farm goes - we made
another igloo this year and its a popular place to sleep during
night. Even if its -20 celcius its cozy and warm inside the
igloo. Skiing is also a popular pasttime.

When spring is coming we plan to grow potatoes, carrots and onion to
get more selfsufficient on food. Welding up the deck has also high
priority so until then - have a nice early spring (or autumn/winter
for those of you in the southern hemisphere!)


If you are interested in joining sailing the farm project please
contact us!

Pictures from last time.

1. The ladies are making wax-moulds for the bees.
2. Cutting wood for next winter.
3. A nice Igloo, very popular indeed!
4. Our birds are taking sun-bath.
5. Out skiing in nice winter weather.

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Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse
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Posted April 3rd, 2011 - 3:54 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the Farm tribe early april 2011

Dear friends.

Spring is slowly coming and even if it is still snowing it usually
melt a little every day. We are into summertime so sun goes down after
2000 so we have long days ahead of us thankfully.

There has been many nice wannabee seagypsies last weeks on farm and
everyone talks eagerly about the future life of roaming the seas. We
have a huge stocks of sailingbooks on the farm so its easy to dream
about distance shores and nice sunsets.

The work goes forward as normal, we are melting lead for the ballast
keel (totally around 4500 kg). It will be in big V-shaped form,
with average weight of around 60 kg. It makes it easier to take them
out in emergency. Lead is quite poisonous so we are using masks and
work outside. It melts around 300 degress, so easy to use a wood
burning stove.

The wax-melting process for the bees is finished thankfully. Now we
have 150 boxes with clean organic wax. We started this process in
october so it was a long and tedious work.


If you are interested in joining sailing the farm project please
contact us!

Comments to the pictures.

1: 3 hardworking seagypsies taking a rest on the couch.
2. the girl with the rooster. Look at the matching colors. The rooster
might think they belong to the same tribe.
3. Our Igloo got a nice shaped door.
4. Balancing on a line. A little cold without shoes.
5. Melting lead for the boat. Each weight 60 kg.
6. Time to hit the road again. Our professional hitchhiking girl
decide to go south after many month on farm. Deeply missed.


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Posted April 25th, 2011 - 9:56 am by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the Farm tribe late april 2011

Dear sea gypsy friends.

Hard to believe but summer arrived early this year! it has been 15-16
degrees last days and we are still talking april! This looks good, our
sea gypsies even complain its a little too warm in the boatshed. How
fast we forget our frostbitten toes!

We are still into lead melting. Biggest problem is actually getting
scrap lead to a price we are willing to pay. It seems china is driving
up the prices so much so its hard to get scrap metal cheap anymore,
but we are more or less halfway through this process.

Latest news on farm is: We are now almost selfsufficient on eggs!! we
get one each day!!! just incredible. Will soon start to plow the field
and start planting potatoes, pacelia (for the bees) and raspberries.

Happy easter!


If you are interested in joining sailing the farm project please
contact us!


And as usual some pictures from the last weeks:

1. this girl is a serious sea gypsy. even have a fisherman anchor on
her left leg. so together with our 4 other fisherman anchor I think
we have enough!
2. second batch of chickens.Its incredible how fast they grow - almost
magic.
3. Yes, Spring time is here, cleaning and painting antofouling on the
small sailboat.
4. Easter dinner. What else than chinese hotpot! For those
landlubbers out there. this kerosene stove is stolen from the
boat to simulate that we have a real hotpot table.

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Posted May 14th, 2011 - 6:03 am by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the Farm tribe mid May 2011

Dear wannabe sea gypsies,

Its been really nice weather for the last 2 weeks. The bees are busy
collecting pollen, and we have been working out on the fields for the
last days. The potatoe field is finished so now its just to wait
until october to see the result.

We found we probably needed mast for the sea gypsy community so we
started planting 700 small spruce-trees. Then its just to sit down and
wait - some 80 years. It is the sea gypsies of the future who will
appreciate this step - but its good to think longterm. who
knows. maybe it will be hundreds of boats roaming the seven seas some
time in distant future?

We are still working on the lead smelter, it will be some time until
this step is finished, but goes slowly forward. Finding good lead is
biggest problem.

If you think you have some skills who could be useful to us and wants
to become a part of our happy seagypsy community please dont hesitate
to contact us.

Minutes from last weeks:

1. two hardworking kiwi/aussie guys on their way to the field to pick
rocks!

2. Cooling down the lead smelter with water. the obligatory safetymask
is on. getting lead poison is no fun.

3. Preparing the potato field. quite good soil (you can see some
beehives in the background there)

4. Planting 700 spruce trees. The seagypsy dog watch the process
closely.

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Posted September 18th, 2011 - 5:06 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the farm tribe mid sept 2011


Dear wannabe seagypsies.

The first real frostnights have been visiting us, so winter is slowly
coming our way. we have had quite a lot of asian volunteers this month
and celebrated the full moon with moon cake some weeks ago. (chinese
tradition)

Last weeks have been mostly used to harvest and prepare for
winter. Jam-producion is up to full speed and hopefully we will have
enough homemade jam for the whole winter. The bees have got their
sugar so they are also ready for a long winter. Most important step
now is finish up the roof and also make a new shower/bathroom which
will be warm.

So until next newsletter, have a nice autumn!

Minutes from last weeks.

a. A seagypsy girl from Taiwain
b. two proud seagypsies just waiting to launch their home!
c. Apple harvest. We got 72 kg of jam!
d. Lingon-berry harvest. that was totally 26 kg sofar, and still more berries out there.
e. The roof had to be fixed. We are getting there!
f. Cleaning out the barn for making winter bathroom.
g. Wood cutting. We are not sure but we think we got around 20-30 m3
of wood ready for winter.

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Posted October 10th, 2011 - 1:32 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the Farm Newsletter

October 2011

Dear Sea Gypsies,

The snow is almost here! September and October have been productive
months here on the farm, as we have been working hard to prepare for
the coming winter. The roof on the main house is nearly finished
(with lines so straight it is almost sea-worthy!) The trench for the
winter bathroom has been dug; once the pipes are in, these
hard-working WWoofers will have no more excuses not to shower! All
that’s left will be to install the wood-burning heaters in the
barracks, and then it will be so toasty warm it wont even feel like
winter. We even have a homemade hot tub, nicknamed "The Potato Pot",
and once the sauna is built, our luxury spa will be complete! What
better way to watch the Northern Lights, than steaming in a hot tub
(that was once a milk storage tank, heated by the magic of a Swedish
potato cooker)? Especially when (to the delight of some, and horror
of others) we discovered that it is possible to measure the volume of
its occupants. Maybe life is getting a little too easy on farm and we
have too much time on our hands?

Harvest season is over and we are enjoying the bounty of home-grown
potatoes, lingonberry jam and apple sauce. Our honey is jarred and
stored for the winter, and it makes a delicious accomplishment to the
morning porridge. There has been a spate of biscuit making, which is
definitely helping us to gain some well-needed winter insulation
around the stomach area! However we are already looking forward to
next spring, and are busy making plans, dividing the fields into
potential orchards, turnips, peas, maybe even pumpkins. There is talk
of installing both a greenhouse (for those of you who cannot seem to
do without a few tomatoes) and a heated space for growing mushrooms.
If you know anything about permaculture, we are very anxious to hear
from you, because we need all the help we can get!

Finally, we want to welcome six new babies to the farm. Chicks "
three white, one brown and two black" have arrived and are giving us
constant entertainment. Turns out, chicken TV is much more addictive
than the normal kind! Four of the chicks are currently living in the
girls' barracks, the last arrived this morning with the first snowfall
and we are calling him Tuff, in the hopes that he is tough enough to
survive the winter.

That's everything from the Sea Gypsy tribe this month. We hope
everyone out there is well, and enjoying the autumn! Please take a
look at our photos and remember, if you have some spare time, there's
always room on our farm for an extra WWoofer or two. The cold is
coming, and that means work is about to begin again on the boat. She
has been much neglected over the summer, and requires some
well-deserved attention!

PHOTOS:

a.The epitomy of a Sea Gypsy farmer, wearing a stylish hat and riding
a 52 model Massey Ferguson tractor.

b.Making apple sauce with our steam heater.

c.The trial run of our machine of the month, an old-style food
processor (acquired for free and in perfect working order, although
there was a long evening of head scratching before we realized we were
using it upside down).

d.Two happy WWoofers, boiling in the Potato Pot.

e.Moving home the grass in the fields.


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Posted November 9th, 2011 - 11:51 am by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Sailing the Farm Newsletter
November 2011

Dear Sea Gypsies,

November has been an exciting month here on the farm. We've had
Americans, Australians, Spaniards, French, Dutch, English... all of us
wwoofers staring at the sky, waiting for the snow to come! It has
been unseasonably warm, and we are still working hard to finish all
the things that need to be finished before winter arrives. It's
already snowing on the mountains, so skiing, ice-fishing and igloo
building are just around the corner.

The roof is not quite finished, although we hope that by the end of
the week we will be eating "Roof Cake" to celebrate its completion.
Turns out a 100-year-old roof is hard to fix! But once all the tiles
are straight, we will move onto the winter bathroom and then the boat.
Other projects this month have included fixing up the chicken coop,
turning it into 5 star luxury accommodation. Only the best for our
chickens! We have also tried our hand at plowing, which is
surprisingly difficult. Maybe there's a reason farmers decided to
swap horses for tractors... although we definitely prefer the horses!
It might just take a bit of practice to get those furrows straight.

Other news... the northern lights have been putting on quite a show this
month. Wwoofers have been busy, hunting for trolls in the forest and
sending each other on scavenger hunts around the farm. One brave
wwoofer attempted to walk along the ancient pilgrim trail that runs
through the farm, back to Oslo.

If you are interested in coming to help us out here on the farm,
please let us know. There is always space, just send us an email if
you want to try your hand at roof tiling, giant igloo building,
welding, plowing... and of course boat building!

We hope all of you are well and looking forward to winter!

Check out our photos from this month:

a.Slowly scaling down the farm, this English girl worries about life
without diesel for our tractor... this guy works best on grass and
plenty of oats.

b.Wrestling with giant snakes in the trench!

c.Safety regulations are by the book. Everyone is wearing earmuffs
these days.

d.Happy sea gypsies feasting (Australia, France, US, England).


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Posted December 19th, 2011 - 1:09 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Newsletter December 2011.

Dear Sea Gypsies,

Things are looking very Christmassy now, as the snow falls and we
prepare to delve into the forest on the hunt for the perfect Christmas
tree. Snow isnt quite at head-height yet, since its been a tropical
December. Today shows a toasty -10 on the thermometer. Woofers are
holding their breath, waiting to see some proper winter-conditions,
thus facilitating giant snowmen, igloo-building, skiing, and perhaps a
model sailing ship crafted from snow and ice? Anything is possible on
the farm!

This month however has been a sad one. Our friend and one of the
seagipsy family, Casper, died a few weeks ago. At almost 14 years
old, he was happy, eating many waffles, until the end of his life. We
buried him in a peaceful spot overlooking the raspberry patch. He was
a beautiful dog with a beautiful heart; we know many of you loved
Casper and he will always be remembered.

Other news is that, after a much-needed trip to the Canaries for some
of us for some serious sailboat spotting, we are back and working hard
to...yes, you guessed it, work of the roof which is now thankfully
finished! Otherwise we have been trench-digging, honey-stirring,
shed-cleaning and wall-painting, trying to finish everything that
needs doing before our beards and toes start to freeze. All of us are
itching to get back into the boat shed however, desperate as we are to
start sewing the sails, melting the ballast, carving the mast and
welding the deck...only a few more steps until our beautiful sailboat
is ready for her maiden voyage!

If you want to join our happy sea-gypsy tribe, feel free to drop us a
line.

Have a good Christmas everyone, and remember to put out a big bowl of
porridge for the Fjosnisse. This gnome lives in the barn and he can
get cranky if he doesn't get his fair share at Christmas!

Pictures of the month

a: Finding a nice christmas tree in the forest.
b. two pretty mermaids painting the storage shed inside.
c. Casper, our beloved sailboat dog passed away this month.
d. and again, merry christmas to all of you from all of us!


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Posted February 26th, 2012 - 8:08 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Newsletter February 2012. .

Dear Sea Gypsies,

Spring is slowly coming our way, This winter has been really nice
compared to last winter. It has seldom been below -15, which is quite
out of normal.

We had a really nice christmas on the farm, with lots of friends and
seagypies. This year Santa Claus had an australian accent. We tried to
teach him the only one and important centence in norwegian - "Are
there any nice children here" but in last minute he forgot - but the
"kids" still got their presents. The small ones got proper
vikinghelmets and dress of course.... What else for seagypses?

Else we have been doing regular winter maintainance on the farm and
been looking forward to the spring. The boat project is going forward
working on small and big pieces on the boat. We have been doing some
work on how to make a furnace to melt all that scrap aluminum into
more useful stuff like portholes. Casting is not something new. People
have been doing thise for ages. Hopefully we manage to make something
out of brick run on propane or better firewood which we have plenty of
up here. Any foundry and casting experience out there?

Anyway, its quite busy up here now but dont forget to enjoy the early
spring folks! .. and if you want to join our tribe please contact us!

Pictures.

a. Enjoy christmas dinner with friends and seagypies.
b. A young seagypsy quite happy whith his christmaspresent - proper
viking helmet!
c. Out walking the mast. Even a mast need some fresh air these days!
d. We want to duplicate these guys! Anyone with casting/foundry
experience out there? We want to learn!


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Posted April 8th, 2012 - 8:21 am by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Newsletter April 2012. .

Dear Sea Gypsies,

Still some time until we are ready to put the seeds into the soil. Its
more or less -5 degrees C during night last weeks but daytime is above
zero.

The days have been spent welding and welding and when we havent done
welding we have spent time troubleshoot welding machines. They have a
tendency to break down unfortunately. So we bought 2 more big
machines. We also got hold of another ton of lead. There seems to be
no end to how much lead we need for ballast.

Ahh yes. We got more chickens on the farm. one of our hens found out
we need some easter chickens this year and she missed by 2 days. Not
bad. The small one is a little shy so its hard to take a picture
without getting attacked by the angry mother.

Today it will be traditional easter-dinner here on the farm with
people from near and far. Wish you all fair winds and following seas
and hope you all have a peacful easter.

picture from last weeks.

a: our chickens are enjoying longer and warmer days.
b: two more welding machines arrived on the farm.. It seems we cant
get enough welding machines.
c: Our easter chicken arrived 2 days before easter.


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Posted May 20th, 2012 - 4:02 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Newsletter May 2012.

Dear Sea gypsies

Spring has come to the farm! And then came summer, and then a few
blustery days of fall, and finally last Friday and Saturday it snowed
again. But that will be the last snow of the year, we hope - the mild
weather seems to have returned, the trees are leafing out, the
wildflowers are springing up around the river, the bees and the
neighbors have come out of hibernation (again), and we are hard at
work.

This week we mixed a few tons of lovely manure compost into the soil
of the north field, and planted eleven rows of potatoes - by hand -
which should give us about 300 kilos of potatoes in the fall to feed
hungry sea-gypsies all next winter. Next week we'll plant carrots and
onions, and move some tender warm-weather starts to our new greenhouse
- radishes, bok choi, spinach, parsley, beets, and sugar peas so tall,
they might start climbing us if we don't get them out of the kitchen
soon.

Work on the boat has really picked up recently. We've been distracted
with planting, and replumbing the bathroom, and building coldframes
and the new greenhouse - but now that the potatoes are in the ground
and the sea-gypsies are in the bath (phew), we are back in the
boatshed all the time. Our resident woodworker is about to start work
on a wooden dinghy from a traditional Norwegian design, just as soon
as he gets the greenhouse finished. And we cast two tons of lead
ballast, a very medieval process involving a wood-fired furnace in the
yard. The boat will eventually carry five tons, so there is more
casting to do as soon as the scrap yard has more lead for us.

Inside the boat we're sealing off the keel with aluminum plates - the
bow is nearly done, and then we can put in the last of the bow ribs.
In the stern, we're wrestling with engine placement - it needs to be
high enough to fit the cooling system and the primary diesel tank
underneath, but low enough that the propeller clears the stern.
Hmmmmm. Fortunately there's plenty to do while we're thinking about
it - like put on the deck! The boat will start looking dramatically
different very soon and we're all pretty excited.

As always, there's room for more in our big sea-gypsy tribe - so if
you like planting, weeding, shoveling, soldering, sawing, nailing,
welding, grinding, sewing, cooking, drilling, knitting, routering,
getting headbutted by chickens, watching 2-hour sunsets, measuring,
cutting, re-measuring, thinking, re-re-measuring, making bread,
reading sea books, eating waffles or knot-tying, drop us a line!


Picture from last weeks.

a: Sea gypsy girl making psykedelic chair-protection for the chairs.

b: Shaping wood with router

c: Potato-planting.

d: lead melting girl finished melting 2 tonns in one week.


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Posted May 20th, 2012 - 4:28 pm by from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Permalink)
What you have done is awesome. You deserve a well-earned rest / re-charge at my LW-T-LP (Live-Work-TRAVEL-Learn-Play) environment at my place. Treat this as a personal invitation from a host! :D

Posted June 14th, 2012 - 6:12 pm by from Gjovik, Norway (Permalink)
Newsletter June 2012.













Dear Sea gypsies







We're back to a full farm - the current crew of sea-gypsies hail from




Norway, Germany (times two), Finland, France/Belgium, the UK and the




US - it makes for lively, er, discussions in the evenings while we're




watching Euro Cup matches.







It also makes for rapid progress - in the last few weeks we've picked




the entire farm clean of rocks, planted two fields in a mixture of




cover crops (including phacelia, whose blue flowers are a favorite bee




snack), built and painted a fence around the yard, re-plumbed the




basement, fixed our fleet of bicycles, put in almost a kilometer of




fence around the biggest field, dug up half the far field looking for




a pipe leak, refinished a beautiful old door... and then, in our spare




time, built a model for the boat's dinghy, biked all over the area,




hiked down the river, spent a weekend in Oslo, foraged local plants




for dinner, built a campfire spot overlooking the valley, installed a




swing under the barn ramp, given each other mohawks, and baked about




forty loaves of bread.







And we're going to be parents! Kind of! One of our chickens has very




motherly instincts, and she's been incubating thirteen eggs - some




hers, some laid by the rest of our flock. We're expecting chicks in a




week or so.







All the farming hasn't left us much time for boatbuilding, but we




still managed to make some progress this month: the keelbox has been




welded shut in bow and stern, the last ribs are being bent to shape




and welded in, and the calculations for the curve of the deck have




begun. This week we'll finish the ribs and begin the wood patterns




for the deck frames.







We've been eating like royalty - everybody has learned to bake, and




the spring plants are out in force, so we feast on nettles, milkweed,




chaga mushrooms, dandelions, wood sorrel, and our own bread. After a




long winter of turnips, potatoes and carrots, it's wonderful to have




the green leaves that come with warm days, and the new dishes that




come with new comrades.











So, enjoy summer folks, and if you want to join us, just send us an




email.







Pictures from last weeks.







a: Sea-gypsy girl busy planning the route with help of the world-map




in background.







b: Fence-banging guys!







c: The Fencing-crew on the way to the field.







d: Enjoy a short rest after hours of rockpicking in the field.







e: Welding up the keelbox inside the boat.











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