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    meadow wrote:

    Actually I noted this forum topic because I loved the book “Sailing the Farm”. Wow, would I love to build a boat like that. Of course, it’s taken me and my man two years to get a puddle duck together

    Sailing the Farm tribe mid May 2011

    Dear wannabe sea gypsies,

    Its been really nice weather for the last 2 weeks. The bees are busy
    collecting pollen, and we have been working out on the fields for the
    last days. The potatoe field is finished so now its just to wait
    until october to see the result.

    We found we probably needed mast for the sea gypsy community so we
    started planting 700 small spruce-trees. Then its just to sit down and
    wait – some 80 years. It is the sea gypsies of the future who will
    appreciate this step – but its good to think longterm. who
    knows. maybe it will be hundreds of boats roaming the seven seas some
    time in distant future?

    We are still working on the lead smelter, it will be some time until
    this step is finished, but goes slowly forward. Finding good lead is
    biggest problem.

    If you think you have some skills who could be useful to us and wants
    to become a part of our happy seagypsy community please dont hesitate
    to contact us.

    Minutes from last weeks:

    1. two hardworking kiwi/aussie guys on their way to the field to pick

    2. Cooling down the lead smelter with water. the obligatory safetymask
    is on. getting lead poison is no fun.

    3. Preparing the potato field. quite good soil (you can see some
    beehives in the background there)

    4. Planting 700 spruce trees. The seagypsy dog watch the process


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    You missed the hyphen ! I hope this is not a form of neurolingustic programming. One cannot be too careful, so try not to miss the hyphen, dot the i’s mind the p’s and q’s cos language is abusive like that! We are not going to be battery hens/pigeons in a **coop** (you guys don’t look like it or are advocating it though) but would sure like to be part of a cool **co-op** that allows end of bad constitutions, bad laws, red tape, taxes in entirity and perhaps a freer and more tolerant society.

    Please read up on the Tuareg of North Africa, the actual Gypsies (Roma) and understand that in the history of the world, no people without a sovereign territory have ever had their rights respected.

    You guys have expertise to construct simpler structures able to be anchored in a suitable spot? Well take the schematics to India or China and from there we can build the same 10 times cheaper probably and thus allow for people to spend less on the base of their Seasteads and focus more on solar power equipment or water purifcation and perhaps collective pools for amenities and utilities.

    Think the Poseidon Award by 2015. I think if you guys settle down instead of going pelagic, you’d probably be able to win the award. How about it?

    Total Physical Freedom and Total Mental Autonomy, Tempered with Common Sense.

    Utopia – Capitalism with Socialist Caps on Personal Wealth – US$20 Million

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    Ken Sims
    Seasteader- wrote:
    You missed the hyphen ! I hope this is not a form of neurolingustic programming. One cannot be too careful, so try not to miss the hyphen, dot the i’s mind the p’s and q’s cos language is abusive like that! We are not going to be battery hens/pigeons in a **coop** (you guys don’t look like it or are advocating it though) but would sure like to be part of a cool **co-op** that allows end of bad constitutions, bad laws, red tape, taxes in entirity and perhaps a freer and more tolerant society.

    Please bear in mind that this is an international forum. For many of the people here, English is not their first language. Or if it is, it may not be American English.

    So please don’t be picky about spelling or grammatical errors.


    (BTW, I see that Firefox is pointing out a couple of spelling errors in the part of your post that I quoted.)


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    Sailing the Farm tribe mid August 2011

    Dear wannabe sea gypsies,

    Still pouring down, last night it rained 50 mm/m2, which makes the
    potato field a little wet, but still some time until we have a
    beachfront at 400 meter above sealevel

    Its been 5-6 hardworking seagypsis from Malaysia, New Zealand, USA,
    France and Sweden here now for a long time and . We have spent time
    painting the barracks which looks really cozy and nice, then we have
    been working out on the field and also slowly preparing for winter.

    When it comes to boatwork we got hold of 1 tonns more lead and will
    continue making ballast for the boat.

    If you think you have some skills who could be useful to us and wants
    to become a part of our happy seagypsy community please dont hesitate
    to contact us.

    Minutes from last weeks:

    a. Kiwi-girl painting the barracks inside.
    b. Directly arrived from Jordan. A mix of norwegian winterclothes and
    traditional jordan wedding costume maybe :-)
    c. Biking to the lake to go swimming. Whopping 16 degrees C in the water.
    d. Painting the barracks outside.
    e. As usual on thursdays – swedish peasoup and waffels.


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    Just remember that Lead reacts with most metals, when in a common sea-water, wet environment… Seal it up in something, so you don’t get dielectric corrosion…



    Never be afraid to try something new…

    Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

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    Sailing the farm tribe mid sept 2011

    Dear wannabe seagypsies.

    The first real frostnights have been visiting us, so winter is slowly
    coming our way. we have had quite a lot of asian volunteers this month
    and celebrated the full moon with moon cake some weeks ago. (chinese

    Last weeks have been mostly used to harvest and prepare for
    winter. Jam-producion is up to full speed and hopefully we will have
    enough homemade jam for the whole winter. The bees have got their
    sugar so they are also ready for a long winter. Most important step
    now is finish up the roof and also make a new shower/bathroom which
    will be warm.

    So until next newsletter, have a nice autumn!

    Minutes from last weeks.

    a. A seagypsy girl from Taiwain
    b. two proud seagypsies just waiting to launch their home!
    c. Apple harvest. We got 72 kg of jam!
    d. Lingon-berry harvest. that was totally 26 kg sofar, and still more berries out there.
    e. The roof had to be fixed. We are getting there!
    f. Cleaning out the barn for making winter bathroom.
    g. Wood cutting. We are not sure but we think we got around 20-30 m3
    of wood ready for winter.


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    Sailing the Farm Newsletter

    October 2011

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    The snow is almost here! September and October have been productive
    months here on the farm, as we have been working hard to prepare for
    the coming winter. The roof on the main house is nearly finished
    (with lines so straight it is almost sea-worthy!) The trench for the
    winter bathroom has been dug; once the pipes are in, these
    hard-working WWoofers will have no more excuses not to shower! All
    that’s left will be to install the wood-burning heaters in the
    barracks, and then it will be so toasty warm it wont even feel like
    winter. We even have a homemade hot tub, nicknamed “The Potato Pot”,
    and once the sauna is built, our luxury spa will be complete! What
    better way to watch the Northern Lights, than steaming in a hot tub
    (that was once a milk storage tank, heated by the magic of a Swedish
    potato cooker)? Especially when (to the delight of some, and horror
    of others) we discovered that it is possible to measure the volume of
    its occupants. Maybe life is getting a little too easy on farm and we
    have too much time on our hands?

    Harvest season is over and we are enjoying the bounty of home-grown
    potatoes, lingonberry jam and apple sauce. Our honey is jarred and
    stored for the winter, and it makes a delicious accomplishment to the
    morning porridge. There has been a spate of biscuit making, which is
    definitely helping us to gain some well-needed winter insulation
    around the stomach area! However we are already looking forward to
    next spring, and are busy making plans, dividing the fields into
    potential orchards, turnips, peas, maybe even pumpkins. There is talk
    of installing both a greenhouse (for those of you who cannot seem to
    do without a few tomatoes) and a heated space for growing mushrooms.
    If you know anything about permaculture, we are very anxious to hear
    from you, because we need all the help we can get!

    Finally, we want to welcome six new babies to the farm. Chicks “
    three white, one brown and two black” have arrived and are giving us
    constant entertainment. Turns out, chicken TV is much more addictive
    than the normal kind! Four of the chicks are currently living in the
    girls’ barracks, the last arrived this morning with the first snowfall
    and we are calling him Tuff, in the hopes that he is tough enough to
    survive the winter.

    That’s everything from the Sea Gypsy tribe this month. We hope
    everyone out there is well, and enjoying the autumn! Please take a
    look at our photos and remember, if you have some spare time, there’s
    always room on our farm for an extra WWoofer or two. The cold is
    coming, and that means work is about to begin again on the boat. She
    has been much neglected over the summer, and requires some
    well-deserved attention!


    a.The epitomy of a Sea Gypsy farmer, wearing a stylish hat and riding
    a 52 model Massey Ferguson tractor.

    b.Making apple sauce with our steam heater.

    c.The trial run of our machine of the month, an old-style food
    processor (acquired for free and in perfect working order, although
    there was a long evening of head scratching before we realized we were
    using it upside down).

    d.Two happy WWoofers, boiling in the Potato Pot.

    e.Moving home the grass in the fields.


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    New here, read through everything….

    I wish I was working on building a place. I’ll probably end up sticking with Homesteading when (if) i marry and just get as far off the grid as I can that way. 😀 Good luck with everything, have fun.

    (PS: How much longer on the boat BTW?)

    ‘Lead, Follow, or get out of my way.’ -Unknown

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    Sailing the Farm Newsletter
    November 2011

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    November has been an exciting month here on the farm. We’ve had
    Americans, Australians, Spaniards, French, Dutch, English… all of us
    wwoofers staring at the sky, waiting for the snow to come! It has
    been unseasonably warm, and we are still working hard to finish all
    the things that need to be finished before winter arrives. It’s
    already snowing on the mountains, so skiing, ice-fishing and igloo
    building are just around the corner.

    The roof is not quite finished, although we hope that by the end of
    the week we will be eating “Roof Cake” to celebrate its completion.
    Turns out a 100-year-old roof is hard to fix! But once all the tiles
    are straight, we will move onto the winter bathroom and then the boat.
    Other projects this month have included fixing up the chicken coop,
    turning it into 5 star luxury accommodation. Only the best for our
    chickens! We have also tried our hand at plowing, which is
    surprisingly difficult. Maybe there’s a reason farmers decided to
    swap horses for tractors… although we definitely prefer the horses!
    It might just take a bit of practice to get those furrows straight.

    Other news… the northern lights have been putting on quite a show this
    month. Wwoofers have been busy, hunting for trolls in the forest and
    sending each other on scavenger hunts around the farm. One brave
    wwoofer attempted to walk along the ancient pilgrim trail that runs
    through the farm, back to Oslo.

    If you are interested in coming to help us out here on the farm,
    please let us know. There is always space, just send us an email if
    you want to try your hand at roof tiling, giant igloo building,
    welding, plowing… and of course boat building!

    We hope all of you are well and looking forward to winter!

    Check out our photos from this month:

    a.Slowly scaling down the farm, this English girl worries about life
    without diesel for our tractor… this guy works best on grass and
    plenty of oats.

    b.Wrestling with giant snakes in the trench!

    c.Safety regulations are by the book. Everyone is wearing earmuffs
    these days.

    d.Happy sea gypsies feasting (Australia, France, US, England).


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    Newsletter December 2011.

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    Things are looking very Christmassy now, as the snow falls and we
    prepare to delve into the forest on the hunt for the perfect Christmas
    tree. Snow isnt quite at head-height yet, since its been a tropical
    December. Today shows a toasty -10 on the thermometer. Woofers are
    holding their breath, waiting to see some proper winter-conditions,
    thus facilitating giant snowmen, igloo-building, skiing, and perhaps a
    model sailing ship crafted from snow and ice? Anything is possible on
    the farm!

    This month however has been a sad one. Our friend and one of the
    seagipsy family, Casper, died a few weeks ago. At almost 14 years
    old, he was happy, eating many waffles, until the end of his life. We
    buried him in a peaceful spot overlooking the raspberry patch. He was
    a beautiful dog with a beautiful heart; we know many of you loved
    Casper and he will always be remembered.

    Other news is that, after a much-needed trip to the Canaries for some
    of us for some serious sailboat spotting, we are back and working hard
    to…yes, you guessed it, work of the roof which is now thankfully
    finished! Otherwise we have been trench-digging, honey-stirring,
    shed-cleaning and wall-painting, trying to finish everything that
    needs doing before our beards and toes start to freeze. All of us are
    itching to get back into the boat shed however, desperate as we are to
    start sewing the sails, melting the ballast, carving the mast and
    welding the deck…only a few more steps until our beautiful sailboat
    is ready for her maiden voyage!

    If you want to join our happy sea-gypsy tribe, feel free to drop us a

    Have a good Christmas everyone, and remember to put out a big bowl of
    porridge for the Fjosnisse. This gnome lives in the barn and he can
    get cranky if he doesn’t get his fair share at Christmas!

    Pictures of the month

    a: Finding a nice christmas tree in the forest.
    b. two pretty mermaids painting the storage shed inside.
    c. Casper, our beloved sailboat dog passed away this month.
    d. and again, merry christmas to all of you from all of us!


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    i wonder if they’re really cannibals trying to lure their next meal…


    Inventor of the “Bergstead”

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    Shredder be nice! Look at those smiles: their dental work cost more than your next scale mock-up! Commune cannibals with that much going for them don’t have to ‘lure’ their next meal, they could just pick ’em up alla ” The Last Supper” Sony Pictures, 1995!

    < http://ocr.wikia.com/wiki/Oceanic_Citizens_Republic_Wiki>

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    Seriously sorry you lost your dog. C

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    Newsletter February 2012. .

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    Spring is slowly coming our way, This winter has been really nice
    compared to last winter. It has seldom been below -15, which is quite
    out of normal.

    We had a really nice christmas on the farm, with lots of friends and
    seagypies. This year Santa Claus had an australian accent. We tried to
    teach him the only one and important centence in norwegian – “Are
    there any nice children here” but in last minute he forgot – but the
    “kids” still got their presents. The small ones got proper
    vikinghelmets and dress of course…. What else for seagypses?

    Else we have been doing regular winter maintainance on the farm and
    been looking forward to the spring. The boat project is going forward
    working on small and big pieces on the boat. We have been doing some
    work on how to make a furnace to melt all that scrap aluminum into
    more useful stuff like portholes. Casting is not something new. People
    have been doing thise for ages. Hopefully we manage to make something
    out of brick run on propane or better firewood which we have plenty of
    up here. Any foundry and casting experience out there?

    Anyway, its quite busy up here now but dont forget to enjoy the early
    spring folks! .. and if you want to join our tribe please contact us!


    a. Enjoy christmas dinner with friends and seagypies.
    b. A young seagypsy quite happy whith his christmaspresent – proper
    viking helmet!
    c. Out walking the mast. Even a mast need some fresh air these days!
    d. We want to duplicate these guys! Anyone with casting/foundry
    experience out there? We want to learn!

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=112591&stc=1&d=1330274085
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=112601&stc=1&d=1330274091
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=112611&stc=1&d=1330274096
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=112621&stc=1&d=1330274103

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    Newsletter April 2012. .

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    Still some time until we are ready to put the seeds into the soil. Its
    more or less -5 degrees C during night last weeks but daytime is above

    The days have been spent welding and welding and when we havent done
    welding we have spent time troubleshoot welding machines. They have a
    tendency to break down unfortunately. So we bought 2 more big
    machines. We also got hold of another ton of lead. There seems to be
    no end to how much lead we need for ballast.

    Ahh yes. We got more chickens on the farm. one of our hens found out
    we need some easter chickens this year and she missed by 2 days. Not
    bad. The small one is a little shy so its hard to take a picture
    without getting attacked by the angry mother.

    Today it will be traditional easter-dinner here on the farm with
    people from near and far. Wish you all fair winds and following seas
    and hope you all have a peacful easter.

    picture from last weeks.

    a: our chickens are enjoying longer and warmer days.
    b: two more welding machines arrived on the farm.. It seems we cant
    get enough welding machines.
    c: Our easter chicken arrived 2 days before easter.


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