we're living in this tent, now, in citra FL on a tangerine/permaculture orchard. craig is very into researching alternative technologies and small scale, sustainable practices. he has a large green house made from salvaged materials for tropical trees. we put in a wood stove the other day. it looks great. mike built a masonry wall on two sides that is beautiful, and the stove pipe loops around to create more radiant heat inside the greenhouse before it heads outside through the tin roofing material we used around the exit. also, we have cleared a bit of ground for planting and for reclaiming the fire pit. haven't done much more, yet, but we've only been there a week. it's quite enjoyable, on solar power, but not using much. however, there is a tv with dvd player and satellite radio. there's a permaculture group that gets together for work parties every two weeks, and that's neat, too. one day we spent cleaning bee boxes for that. nice folks.
florida is hot. it was 80 in st petersburg today, where we're visiting my sister. it takes some adjusting to get used to hot days in winter. i'm so happy to have the light and warmth. it's like something i'd forgotten but which has flooded me with good feelings. we went to the dali museum today, and that was incredible. such a wonderful conceptual artist on top of being a master painter. one almost brought me to tears, with two stone figures, like giant ruins from an old city in the shape of these figures from angelus by some guy i don't know. there were these two tiny figures at the bottom of the painting pointing up at them. just moved me.
more to come, my dear loved ones.
old blog at myspace on /nyotok. no more updating, though. some good links, however.
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