25 January 2010

nEw sEaSoN...nEw sTaRt...


I´m really excited with this new season and new start that I´m entering here at the Mount of Oaks...
Lyna and baby Nolan already arrived and she´s full of energy for this new season of her life too... I´m really glad to have this sister back here...It´s time for community again, after the long and, I believe, needed time of solitude, rest and reflection...
As you can see here , the permaculture course in March is already full (Around 15 to 17)...and most of the participants this year will be portuguese...

It´s nice to be able to offer this course at a low cost so that much more people can have access... probably we don´t have the best conditions to offer, but people don´t seem to be bothered about it...
I still have loads of work to do in order to prepare better conditions for the course this year...like a shower place and easier warm water, a better compost toilet, fixing the things which the rain and snow damaged this winter, and also provide a shelter in case it rains (I do hope not)...

Since I came back from Christmas and New Year, I´ve been fixing the road, making trenches on the sides, carrying lots of stones and some gravel for the entry that flooded... I also made a better fence between us and Tia Adelina (mainly because the dogs run straight into her garden every time they hear something on the other side...and I know she´s not so happy about it...some fences can bring more peace as well...ones that are not hard to overcome...more to protect the neighbour from my dogs, rather than to separate me from her, or because of fear...but anyway, we could go totally out of the subject here...

I´m working on the bath roof now and it´s gonna be nice to have Lyna helping as well...Much easier and faster with 2 :-)... and she loves building too...
Me and Lyna also went today to Alpedrinha (the nearest bigger village) where they have a day-care centre with lots of kids... Lyna thought it was the best for Nolan to spend part of the day with some other kids his age, and I also think it´s gonna be great for his development both as a kid and also to learn the language ... with a french mom and a german dad who communicate in English, I think now with portuguese he will have a wide ranche of choices to communicate :-)
The place was nice, fun, joyful and people were really kind... They knew about us, so they will give us the cheapest rate to pay as well...around 30E a month, which is quite handy too, as Lyna is not receiving the mother´s support anymore... Anyone who would like to contribute for that is more than welcome :-)

Anyway, I´m really looking forward to what this new season will bring...
I´m excited about the permaculture course and also the possibility of making a strawbale building workshop in early June (only if there´s enough people interested to cover all the costs)

BY THE WAY, ANY ONE WHO COULD BE AVAILABLE TO COME AND HELP IN THE KITCHEN WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED... SPECIALLY FOR THE STRAWBALE WORKSHOP, AS I REALLY WANT TO TAKE IT MYSELF...
LET ME KNOW...

PEACE

2 comments:

gaffycowan said...

as you say, it sounds very much like a new season on the land. activity and people, community and the winds of change. Praise God for times to plan and times to work. Praying for you all, x

sol chica said...

I met Lyna and her baby in Berlin and heard about Mount Oaks through her. Though I did not get to spend that much time with her, I'm excited about what you all are doing down there. Keep shining. - Denise