Volunteer Travelling

I left the UK at the end of September and it has been 8 months travelling mostely in France. I am now heading back to the UK in mid June to earn some money and the current plan is to explore the Spanish side of the Pyrenees – Catalunya – next year. As the time…

Last Few Week’s Update: May/June

La Montaigne Magique In May, we stayed for two weeks at La Montaigne Magique. We picked super nutritious nettle and bramble shoots to be dried, sorted through wild rosemary buds, created balms using various macerations and helped set up a terrace herb garden. The hosts were always generous in sharing their knowledge and allowed us…

After Two Years of Living in a Van

The biggest change this year was my girlfriend Sally joining me recently on the journey. It required further minimisation, few tweaks to the layout and purchase of a double mattress but we’ve somehow managed to squeeze two people’s belongings in a space designed for one. We’re able to get changed, cook, slide past each other,…

This Week’s Project

We arrived at Liza and Simon’s home in Puivert about three weeks ago and have been busy setting up raised beds, pruning trees, feeding animals, chopping fire wood and building access to a future tree bog location. I have finally given into making videos since it’s far easier to show these projects visually than to…

Treeline

The winner of Mr Shimasaki’s best cinematography and best documentary award (if there was one) goes to Patagonia’s new film about trees. Superbly shot in the mountains of Japan, British Columbia and Nevada, the sensually framed ancient trees, with insights from scientists, other specialists and a shinto priest, gave me the same feeling of wonder…

Horse Powered Farming

Horses were domesticated about 5,500 years ago and used for agriculture for the last 1000 years. Only a little over a century ago, 90% of all forms of transportation was horse powered. Yet, within a decade after the introduction of internal combustion engine, we shifted dramatically away from the humble animal. From this week, I’m…

Winter Pyrenees

Last weekend, I was invited for a hike over the Pyrenees into Val d’Arran area of Spain by my new local friends. I jumped at the opportunity, dribbling, since I’ve always wanted to try winter alpine climbing but I didn’t know anyone experienced and willing to take a novice like me. But here was someone…

Home Mushroom Cultivation – Inoculating the Substrate

I think it’s important to note at the beginning that these “how to” posts are in no way conclusive and I’m an absolute beginner figuring things out. Indoor mushroom cultivation is, to my great surprise, a relatively new subject and many home level cultivators are performing ongoing experimentation and tweaking different methods. As such, a…

Sark Experience

Last September, I stayed on a tiny island near Guernsey called Sark for a little over 3 weeks. I was volunteering to help set up a small Permaculture themed festival with music, local beer and workshops. My girlfriend enrolled on a Permaculture Design Course running up to the festival, taught by Aranya who was my…