Permaculturing in Portugal

One family's attempts to live in a more planet-friendly way

Do Be Do Be Do

“To be is to do – Socrates
To do is to be – Sartre
Do Be Do Be Do – Sinatra”
Kurt Vonnegut

Somewhere in that quote above is all sorts of wisdom about Doing and Being, but the trouble is I’m so much in the Doing right now there’s no room in my head for reflections on the subject. So I’m sticking with Sinatra for the moment …

Latest project (while waiting for deliveries of materials for the buildings) is a porch for the yurt. We need a buffer zone, and somewhere to hang the wet weather gear in winter.

Maritime pine cut for yurt porch framework

Maritime pine saplings from our woods cut for yurt porch. These self-seeded trees have to be cut anyway to thin the woods (fire prevention regulations), and removing most of the pine to replace it with chestnut and oak is part of our long-term plans for the woodland.

Stripping the bark off with a draw knife

Stripping the bark off with a draw knife. Leaving it on isn’t an option here with the number of wood-boring insects that live underneath it.

Stripped timber set to dry for a few days

Stripped timber set to dry for a few days. The timber is too sticky with sap to handle at this point.

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