Monday, June 27, 2011

Preparing the Whittled Down Caravan for a Tiny House Workshop


The wagon survived its first winter outside and uncovered. It held up amazingly--especially considering our record snowfall. Nonetheless, it's time for some touch-ups and improvements as we prepare to bring it to Deek Diedrickson's tiny house workshop in a few weeks. Stay tuned for some musings on maintenance and the addition of some new features!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Happy Summer

 
Strawberries from the Tuesday Market with garden mint and local blackcurrant cordial cocktails. Ah, summer!

Dear Readers (if there are any readers left):

I can't believe I haven't touched Whittled Down since February! We have spent the last several months adjusting to our new lives, which seem to come with less free time than ever before. It seems a bit daunting to get back in the swing of things after such an absence, but here goes nothing. In brief, here's what's going on here as summer sets in:
  • Our porch is brimming with potted plants, including my latest obsessions: lemon, dragon fruit, hops, fig, and lemongrass.
  • Our building has an informal community garden. Our plot is planted with peas, lettuce, kale, pickling cucumbers, melons, patty pan squash, tricolor bush beans, soybeans, leeks, garlic, walking onion, tomatoes, hot peppers, and tons of herbs.
  • Our CSA farm, Town Farm, is a 3-minute walk from our house. We are so lucky to be able to walk out the door, down the street to the dyke, and along the dyke to the farm. Now that's local food!
  • We're back on the fermentation bandwagon. A batch of lager from the winter months is dwindling, and we have a hard cider ready to bottle. We've added a red wine vinegar mother and kefir grains to the mix as well. 
  • The prairie schooner is currently living up in Vermont, on my parents' land. In a few weeks, we'll haul it out to eastern MA for Deek Diedrickson's tiny house workshop. In the meantime, we've got lots of touch-ups and extra features to add.
I'm headed to Puerto Rico for a week, where I will see an old friend and, at long last, get to meet folks from the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques, who I have been consulting with (over the phone) as they work to build a new community radio station in Vieques.  These folks were in large part responsible for getting the US Navy to stop using the island as a missile range, and I can't wait to finally meet them in person. When I return, the blogging commences in earnest. Promise.