Adventures in Permaculture: Day 9

I am totally exhausted today.  The bags under my eyes are a delightful indication of how I will look 10 years from now.

Today we broke into the groups in which we will do our projects.  My project group is doing a report on starting a permaculture design business.  The other group: designing a permaculture cemetery.

blog-day9-1We did a tour of this property today and heard about the greywater system attached to the shower/toilet building.  Then we were told about the perennial food garden.  It’s amazing how many vegetables will grow back every year without planting them…. certain types of celery, kale, artichoke, rhubarb, etc.  He also has fruits and berries of all varieties.

The class is much smaller today… just seven of us right now.  People are taking their “me” time.  During lunch, Helen and I walked down to the 7-Eleven.  I got some cash out of the machine and bought a few snacks.  On the way back, we stopped at the organic coffee stand, and I bought us each a treat.  Coffee… yum!

This afternoon, we’re learning about irrigation and greywater.  I need to get some drip irrigation going in my garden.  Then I wouldn’t have to rely on someone to water it while I’m gone.  Besides, it’s better to water at the root than on the leaves.

Dinner was actually especially good tonight because the cooking crew collected a few outside items (that still fit the criteria of vegan, wheat free and organic).  It had a Spanish flare and was very tasty.

Suburban homesteading

The person in the group who was way overdue for a shower finally took one today, so I’m very happy about that.  This morning he sat next to me, and I could barely stand it.  I was actually going to mention it to someone as it was hindering my enjoyment of the course.

Mustard growing in backyard garden

I took a nice hot shower myself today, during which I did some singing.  I miss music.  I then put on my “nice” outfit that I brought to wear to Portland because I was longing for normalcy.

Hoping for a good night’s sleep…

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