Adventures in Permaculture: Day 8

Well, I did sleep better last night with Shannon’s camp pad… I still ache quite a bit but in an entirely different way!  Ibuprofin was my friend this morning.  As promised, below is a photo of the women’s sleeping area.  What you see is the main area with two futons.  On the sides, in the…

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Adventures in Permaculture: Day 7

Nothing of much consequence happened today, other than the collective daydreaming of my coursemates and I about the various foods and beverages we wished we were eating.  I know I will be making several more trips to the organic coffee stand while I’m here. It was 35 degrees when we woke up yesterday, and I…

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Adventures in Permaculture: Day 6

I left Portland at around 7:00 a.m. and needed to arrive at the course site for our 9:30 a.m. morning circle.  I made very good time despite the rain.  The one thing I remember from the ride is the billboard for cage fighting.  Unbelievable! I was barely 15 minutes outside Eugene when the fuel light…

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Adventures in Permaculture: Day 5

Another restless night on the futon.  I even had someone take the frame out from under the futon mattress.  Apparently I am just universally unable to sleep on futons – at least the old, thin mattresses.  When one hip succumbed to excruciating pain, I switched to the other one.  This continued every few hours throughout…

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Adventures in Permaculture: Day 4

I slept barely a wink last night. Obviously last night’s restful sleep on the futon was a fluke. I could feel every board and every separation as I continually adjusted my aching joints from position to position. I was in the kitchen around 7:05 a.m. as part of the cooking crew. Brett, Helen and I…

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Adventures in Permaculture: Day 3

Well, I feel a lot better this morning than I thought I would.  Not sure how that happened. It’s freezing here, so I joined the group of folks in the kitchen this morning waiting for hot water for tea.  I had a few cups throughout the morning. Breakfast was hot oatmeal with apples, raisins, brown…

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Adventures in Permaculture: Day 2

I would’ve made this entry last night, but I was too damned tired!  Did I mention 13.5 hour days?  I wasn’t joking. I drove my trusty rental car (which was thankfully a Hyundai Elantra and not a Jeep Commander, which is what I got last time I reserved a compact car) the 10 minutes to…

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Adventures in Permaculture: Day 1

Today is the beginning of 18-days of adventures in permaculture. Several months ago, I signed up for a course in Eugene, Oregon that should result in a Permaculture Design Certificate. I say “should” because it probably won’t result in this certificate. Why? Because I just found out, quite coincidentally, that the structure of this course…

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