Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
there is a little toilet/sink in the top right.
the center area will be a large bench, heated underneath by the rocket stove as well. and a kitchen/spectator gallery.
i have allready dug up 10% of the foundation. this is really tough work, all alone with a pickax and shovel
you cannot see it here, but the cottage is right next to our stream, including the hidden 6 foot waterfall!!!
the trail in the back leads up to the mountains
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
below photo is me drilling 3/4" holes to support 5/8" rebar, filled with special epoxy. you will see what these columns created in the photo above. this stage was created by "SunRay Kelley"
Monday, November 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
this is looking out from our shop/temporary home towards the far end of the bottom part of the land. this little stream only runs when it rains and it will provide a problem for me to figure out how to include it into our landscaping as it only runs like 100 days a year. there is another one farther along thats hard to see in this picture.
to the right side is the real creek, it runs daily and i am working these days cleaning it up from decades of neglect and overgrowth
Sunday, September 30, 2007
these outside light switches were a fun project. i could not find a premade box to represent the outside light design so i just bought some simple switches and made a little thing to hold them. i bought the type with a built in LED pilot light, but for some strange reason they are not working, i mean the lights work, but not the pilot light.
you can see the door to our shop/temporary home in the background
Saturday, September 29, 2007
this is one of 3 Pochote trees we have planted, aka floss silk tree. they produce a type cotton when they flower. they grow in to monsters, really, their adult form has a human like shape, i have seen some over 300 feet tall near the beach. another pic
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
this is another wall i am starting to cover with vines, edible fruit, and flowers
this may not look like alot, but it took me hours to make this ramp up to my shed. before it was a rocky rutted gunky trail that i tripped on many times. when i finished it, gabriel ran down it screaming "look, i dont fall down"
we had water leaking into the shop/our temporary home from this back wall, so i dug out a canal and paved a thin concrete ramp to drain the water more effectively. it seems to work for now, and we will eventually build our home over this area and shut off all rainwater from entering the shop.
so, i say bad architect because this all happened because we did not remove an existing containment wall, we built the shop right next to this wall, i now know the old wall should have been removed, and now its impossible to remove. fill dirt used to fill the area now dug out, you can almost see on the far left where i planted 200 vetiver plants to contain erosion
you can also see my homemade solar hot water heater on the roof.
last monday we acquired 100 trees free of charge from the state nursery to help reforest and rehabilitate our land and stream. our treasure now sits at
24 primavera's and roble's; these trees could somewhat resemble a common maple tree. they flower yellow and pink respectively and are deciduous.
25 montezuma cypress's (savino). these trees can grow to be some of the largest in the world and can live 3000 years or more. they are specifically to be planted next to our stream to prevent erosion
10 white cedars
10 common oaxacan pine
2 native oak's which i plucked from the mountains above us, i plan to plant these on the stream as well, they seem to do really well and prevent errosion
3 floss silk's (known as Pochote or Ceiba here)
25 more misc. please reply if you are interested in knowing the names as most are hard to pronounce and are indigenous names
i replanted all the savino's into large plastic bag planters to let them grow more and have more of a chance next rainy season.