ある家族のパーマカルチャー的自然調和への冒険


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The mother of all sheds... and a truck full of Yurt.


Kazumi and I have been blessed with the presence of Iain and Tomoko for the last three weeks. An absolutely enchanting couple, Iain has been keeping me going and focused on getting the shed done, while Tomoko has been reminding us that despite the primitive conditions we're human and that there's no need to slum it. At the same time making sure that we're well fed and watered. Happily the four of us have found each-other very easy to get on with and, dare I say, I feel like a life long friendship has been founded. All power to the both of you!

The shed has come together great guns, and all that remains is the roofing and cladding. The frame is up and rock solid... and considering our amateur status, pretty much all aligned and square. There have been a number of 'plan Bs' during construction, and even some 'plan Cs', but we work on the old Islamic tradition that it would be arrogant in the extreme to create something that didn't have any mistakes in it.



Iain and Tomoko are now off on their 3 week trip down to Shikoku's Shimanto gawa region to see if the land down there tickles their fancy or not. We expect to see them again at the beginning of October.

In the meantime, Kazumi and I have to get the Yurt ready for putting up.

The Yurt arrived last week (on the 7th) and was processed and ready for collection on the 9th. Paul & I jumped the gun a bit and turned up on the 8th with a bloody great truck and all our papers at hand, but the Yurt itself was not ready for us yet. Unfortunately Paul wasn't available the next day, so that left Kazumi and I to load all 1,350kg of the thing onto the truck on Thursday. No mean feat! Luckily one of the longshoremen took pity on us and lent a hand with his fork-lift. I really don't know how we'd have managed without him. Many thanks to you, sir, whoever you were!

We got back to Okayama after all the messing about with customs and what-not at about 5:30pm with an hour of daylight and two and a half hours left till the truck had to go back... cutting it fine as usual! Iain was at the land waiting for us, and admitted to having been on the verge of going into town to call us as we'd been expected back on the previous evening. Cell phones don't work on our plot, not that he has one anyway.

We got the truck unloaded in double time, and rushed back to the rental company as fast as we could go. Five minutes over our deadline, but they let us off. Kazumi and I then drove back to Osaka as I had work from 10am the next morning.

So, back to digging foundations again this time for the yurt. We'll be building a deck on which the yurt will stand. Much bigger than the shed, 10m x 10m this time. I'll have to use proper concrete forms and reinforce them with re-bar this time, then we'll be placing whole 25cm diameter logs as legs and 10x6 beams sitting on them and then 6x2 joists and 2x4 decking... lots of wood, lots of work... and all in time for the yurt raising which we have planned for the weekend of the 25th/26th. Pah! Who am I kidding? Still, no time to lose, got to get on. More to follow!
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by guibi | 2010-09-12 14:48 | Early days:初めは

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