torsdag 29. mars 2012

Something for Your Pondering Collection I:

If your computer screen were a table or the centre of a flower and your internet friends were the guests or the petals around it - where do they all sit according to your compass? 

How do you picture a year in your mind?
- Is it round like a cake or a clock? 
If so; does it go with the clock or the other way? And where on clock or cake are the seasons and the months?
- Is it a horisontal line?
If so; does it go from left to right or the other way?
- Is it a spiral perhaps?
Upwards or downwards?
- Does it look like a graf system of some kind?


onsdag 28. mars 2012

tirsdag 27. mars 2012

Two Gardenias for You...

Dos gardenias para ti
con ellas quiero decir
te quiero, te adoro, mi vida
Ponles toda tu atencion
porque son tu corazon y el mio
Two gardenias for you
With them I mean to say
"I love you, I adore you, my love"
Give them all of your attention

Because they represent your heart and mine


And The Bird whispered in Her Ear...

...The Secrets of The Sand

fredag 23. mars 2012

Lean back and sing along: ~ It'll Shine When it Shines ~

The ol' cat on the roof
He could stand a little push
'Cause he's got nine good lives to live

But like my Mama said
You only live 'til your dead
And you got to give and give and give

There's a pebble in the pond
Rollin' on and on
Makin' waves and tides and ripples and rain

There's a leaf in the wind
That don't know where to end
Chasin' days and ways and wishes and dreams

Seems like everyone is out lookin' for the sun
Singin' rain and pain on he who hesitates
But it'll shine when it shines
You might think I'm wastin' time
But I'm just a good ol' boy that's learned to wait

Whippoorwill's in the dawn
Pretty soon he'll be gone
And he's got one good song to sing

But like my Daddy said
It's in your heart not your head
And you got to sing and sing and sing

There's a window in the wall
Lookin' out on it all
Leavin' fears and tears and troubles alone

There's a fire in the stove
Keepin' out the cold
Warmin' wine and winters and babies and homes

Seems like everyone is out lookin' for the sun
Singin' rain and pain on he who hesitates
But it'll shine when it shines
You might think I'm wastin' time
But I'm just a good ol' boy that's learned to wait
Yes, I'm just a good ol' boy that's learned to wait

~ The Ozark Mountain Daredevils ~

tirsdag 13. mars 2012

June 2011: To build a Simple Wooden Shelter I

You will need: Young saplings coming from bushes or trees that are elastic/easily bends; like hazel, willow or maple - appr. 40-50 pieces.The saplings should not be more than 2 cm thick at the cutting end of the stem/trunk or else they will be difficult to bend properly. A knife, thin ropes or straps to tie the saplings together and a long, straight crow bar to make holes in the ground.

Find a nice, flat and dry - and of course legal ;) - spot to raise your wooden hut. Measure the preferable size and mark the holes, appr. 30 cm deep, in which the saplings are to be put into the ground. Use even numbers of 20-30 saplings (depending on how big you want your hut). That means 20-30 holes with appr. 40 cm gaps between each one.

For the saplings and hut to last longer you need to strip off the bark with a knife. Remember: this will be a whole lot easier to do from late spring to early summer due to the fresh and smooth sap between the wood and the bark! To make the root-ends of the saplings even more moist and water proof you can coal blacken them just slightly on the outside by holding and twisting them over an open fire.

Put the saplings into the holes with the root-end (the thickest end) first. One facing it's match on the opposite side like shown in the picture.

When all your saplings are put into the ground you bend two and two towards one another to form arcs. Tie them together with ropes and/or straps.

By now you are half way in building the frame of your wooden hut! :)

The rest of your saplings are to be fastened horizontally around the arcs like shown in the picture.

The late, dark evening finally caught up with us. However, just a few more staples around the back and the top and the framework of the hut is done, wohoo!:)

Next you will need something to cover your wooden hut to keep out the bad weather and bugs. You can use branches, turf or moss, a plastic cover (always remember to bring it back home with you!) or like we did; use some old button tent covers that can be bought very cheap from an army retail.

Always remember to rest and enjoy (in) your beautiful creations! :)

A little more work with the cover and we're almost ready to move in!

To be continued...