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  • #20813
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    zeyang
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    Newsletter July 2012.

    Dear Sea gypsies

    The summer has been good and productive to us. Mostly nice and warm
    weather for whole june which is more than you can expect up here.. The
    potatoefield and carrot field grow nicely. The sugar peas in the
    small greenhouse is now blooming and soon we will be self-sufficient
    on sugar-pies (that is, if we dont eat more than one pea a day each)
    :-)

    Mid summerday arrived with nice weather and as normal we had a the
    traditional midsummer party sitting around the camp fire eating burned
    marshmallows and dreaming about life out on the deep blue sea…

    Talking about dreaming.. We have been discussing the deck curve for so
    long that we started to get nightmares about this.. but in the end it
    looks pretty good. The deck ribs are bent in, and we are in the stage
    of plating the deck. Sofar the curve looks really nice! The deck area
    will be around 40m2 totally, means we will have space for a hammock or
    two between the masts!

    Ok, that was all for this month,, if you fancy join our constantly
    bigger sea gypsy tribe, please drop us a line. Whish you all a warm
    summer and hope you enjoy our pictures below.

    a: Mid summer party with camp fire and burned marshmallows.

    b: British metalworker. Carpentry is for kids! Big boys only work with
    metal!

    c: Our french plating crew.

    d: Two pretty mermaids (US/Germany) working on deck ribs. Hard hat is
    mandatory when you work under the boat.

    e: Fishing from the pier behind the boatshed. One of these days he
    will hopefully get a fish!

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    #20700
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    zeyang
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    Newsletter June 2012.

    Dear Sea gypsies

    We’re back to a full farm – the current crew of sea-gypsies hail from
    Norway, Germany (times two), Finland, France/Belgium, the UK and the
    US – it makes for lively, er, discussions in the evenings while we’re
    watching Euro Cup matches.

    It also makes for rapid progress – in the last few weeks we’ve picked
    the entire farm clean of rocks, planted two fields in a mixture of
    cover crops (including phacelia, whose blue flowers are a favorite bee
    snack), built and painted a fence around the yard, re-plumbed the
    basement, fixed our fleet of bicycles, put in almost a kilometer of
    fence around the biggest field, dug up half the far field looking for
    a pipe leak, refinished a beautiful old door… and then, in our spare
    time, built a model for the boat’s dinghy, biked all over the area,
    hiked down the river, spent a weekend in Oslo, foraged local plants
    for dinner, built a campfire spot overlooking the valley, installed a
    swing under the barn ramp, given each other mohawks, and baked about
    forty loaves of bread.

    And we’re going to be parents! Kind of! One of our chickens has very
    motherly instincts, and she’s been incubating thirteen eggs – some
    hers, some laid by the rest of our flock. We’re expecting chicks in a
    week or so.

    All the farming hasn’t left us much time for boatbuilding, but we
    still managed to make some progress this month: the keelbox has been
    welded shut in bow and stern, the last ribs are being bent to shape
    and welded in, and the calculations for the curve of the deck have
    begun. This week we’ll finish the ribs and begin the wood patterns
    for the deck frames.

    We’ve been eating like royalty – everybody has learned to bake, and
    the spring plants are out in force, so we feast on nettles, milkweed,
    chaga mushrooms, dandelions, wood sorrel, and our own bread. After a
    long winter of turnips, potatoes and carrots, it’s wonderful to have
    the green leaves that come with warm days, and the new dishes that
    come with new comrades.

    So, enjoy summer folks, and if you want to join us, just send us an
    email.

    Pictures from last weeks.

    a: Sea-gypsy girl busy planning the route with help of the world-map
    in background.

    b: Fence-banging guys!

    c: The Fencing-crew on the way to the field.

    d: Enjoy a short rest after hours of rockpicking in the field.

    e: Welding up the keelbox inside the boat.

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    #20505
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    zeyang
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    Newsletter May 2012.

    Dear Sea gypsies

    Spring has come to the farm! And then came summer, and then a few
    blustery days of fall, and finally last Friday and Saturday it snowed
    again. But that will be the last snow of the year, we hope – the mild
    weather seems to have returned, the trees are leafing out, the
    wildflowers are springing up around the river, the bees and the
    neighbors have come out of hibernation (again), and we are hard at
    work.

    This week we mixed a few tons of lovely manure compost into the soil
    of the north field, and planted eleven rows of potatoes – by hand -
    which should give us about 300 kilos of potatoes in the fall to feed
    hungry sea-gypsies all next winter. Next week we’ll plant carrots and
    onions, and move some tender warm-weather starts to our new greenhouse
    - radishes, bok choi, spinach, parsley, beets, and sugar peas so tall,
    they might start climbing us if we don’t get them out of the kitchen
    soon.

    Work on the boat has really picked up recently. We’ve been distracted
    with planting, and replumbing the bathroom, and building coldframes
    and the new greenhouse – but now that the potatoes are in the ground
    and the sea-gypsies are in the bath (phew), we are back in the
    boatshed all the time. Our resident woodworker is about to start work
    on a wooden dinghy from a traditional Norwegian design, just as soon
    as he gets the greenhouse finished. And we cast two tons of lead
    ballast, a very medieval process involving a wood-fired furnace in the
    yard. The boat will eventually carry five tons, so there is more
    casting to do as soon as the scrap yard has more lead for us.

    Inside the boat we’re sealing off the keel with aluminum plates – the
    bow is nearly done, and then we can put in the last of the bow ribs.
    In the stern, we’re wrestling with engine placement – it needs to be
    high enough to fit the cooling system and the primary diesel tank
    underneath, but low enough that the propeller clears the stern.
    Hmmmmm. Fortunately there’s plenty to do while we’re thinking about
    it – like put on the deck! The boat will start looking dramatically
    different very soon and we’re all pretty excited.

    As always, there’s room for more in our big sea-gypsy tribe – so if
    you like planting, weeding, shoveling, soldering, sawing, nailing,
    welding, grinding, sewing, cooking, drilling, knitting, routering,
    getting headbutted by chickens, watching 2-hour sunsets, measuring,
    cutting, re-measuring, thinking, re-re-measuring, making bread,
    reading sea books, eating waffles or knot-tying, drop us a line!

    Picture from last weeks.

    a: Sea gypsy girl making psykedelic chair-protection for the chairs.

    b: Shaping wood with router

    c: Potato-planting.

    d: lead melting girl finished melting 2 tonns in one week.

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    #19903
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    zeyang
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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
    zero.

    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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    #18901
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    zeyang
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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!

    Pictures.

    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
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    #16860
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    zeyang
    Participant

    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
    line.

    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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    #16257
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    zeyang
    Participant

    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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    #15797
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    zeyang
    Participant

    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!

    PHOTOS:

    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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    #15566
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    zeyang
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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
    tradition)

    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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    #14659
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    zeyang
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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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    #13396
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    zeyang
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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
    rocks!

    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
    closely.

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    #13332
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    zeyang
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    Sailing the Farm tribe late april 2011

    Dear sea gypsy friends.

    Hard to believe but summer arrived early this year! it has been 15-16
    degrees last days and we are still talking april! This looks good, our
    sea gypsies even complain its a little too warm in the boatshed. How
    fast we forget our frostbitten toes!

    We are still into lead melting. Biggest problem is actually getting
    scrap lead to a price we are willing to pay. It seems china is driving
    up the prices so much so its hard to get scrap metal cheap anymore,
    but we are more or less halfway through this process.

    Latest news on farm is: We are now almost selfsufficient on eggs!! we
    get one each day!!! just incredible. Will soon start to plow the field
    and start planting potatoes, pacelia (for the bees) and raspberries.

    Happy easter!

    If you are interested in joining sailing the farm project please
    contact us!

    And as usual some pictures from the last weeks:

    1. this girl is a serious sea gypsy. even have a fisherman anchor on
    her left leg. so together with our 4 other fisherman anchor I think
    we have enough!
    2. second batch of chickens.Its incredible how fast they grow – almost
    magic.
    3. Yes, Spring time is here, cleaning and painting antofouling on the
    small sailboat.
    4. Easter dinner. What else than chinese hotpot! For those
    landlubbers out there. this kerosene stove is stolen from the
    boat to simulate that we have a real hotpot table.

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    #13135
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    zeyang
    Participant

    Sailing the Farm tribe early april 2011

    Dear friends.

    Spring is slowly coming and even if it is still snowing it usually
    melt a little every day. We are into summertime so sun goes down after
    2000 so we have long days ahead of us thankfully.

    There has been many nice wannabee seagypsies last weeks on farm and
    everyone talks eagerly about the future life of roaming the seas. We
    have a huge stocks of sailingbooks on the farm so its easy to dream
    about distance shores and nice sunsets.

    The work goes forward as normal, we are melting lead for the ballast
    keel (totally around 4500 tonns). It will be in big V-shaped form,
    with average weight of around 60 kg. It makes it easier to take them
    out in emergency. Lead is quite poisonous so we are using masks and
    work outside. It melts around 300 degress, so easy to use a wood
    burning stove.

    The wax-melting process for the bees is finished thankfully. Now we
    have 150 boxes with clean organic wax. We started this process in
    october so it was a long and tedious work.

    If you are interested in joining sailing the farm project please
    contact us!

    Comments to the pictures.

    1: 3 hardworking seagypsies taking a rest on the couch.
    2. the girl with the rooster. Look at the matching colors. The rooster
    might think they belong to the same tribe.
    3. Our Igloo got a nice shaped door.
    4. Balancing on a line. A little cold without shoes.
    5. Melting lead for the boat. Each weight 60 kg.
    6. Time to hit the road again. Our professional hitchhiking girl
    decide to go south after many month on farm. Deeply missed.

    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=65497&stc=1&d=1301815379
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    #12847
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    zeyang
    Participant

    Sailing the Farm tribe march 2011

    Dear friends.

    The coldest months are behind us thankfully. Daylight get longer
    every day and soon the springtime will be here. It has been maybe
    10-15 very nice wannabee sea-gypsies here last 2-3 months and we have
    made good progress.

    We have been working hard on the boat and farm since last
    newsletter. Since last time we are more or less finished with the
    dieseltanks and watertanks inside the boat and also fixed the position
    of the small engine we plan to install.

    Making stuff for beehives is more or less finished. Cleaning and make
    wax-moulds for 200 bee-hive boxes took a lot of time but only a few
    days away finish up this step.

    Of less serious business, as tradition on the farm goes – we made
    another igloo this year and its a popular place to sleep during
    night. Even if its -20 celcius its cozy and warm inside the
    igloo. Skiing is also a popular pasttime.

    When spring is coming we plan to grow potatoes, carrots and onion to
    get more selfsufficient on food. Welding up the deck has also high
    priority so until then – have a nice early spring (or autumn/winter
    for those of you in the southern hemisphere!)

    If you are interested in joining sailing the farm project please
    contact us!

    Pictures from last time.

    1. The ladies are making wax-moulds for the bees.
    2. Cutting wood for next winter.
    3. A nice Igloo, very popular indeed!
    4. Our birds are taking sun-bath.
    5. Out skiing in nice winter weather.

    http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=64302&stc=1&d=1300028959
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    #12350
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    zeyang
    Participant

    Sailing the Farm tribe january 2011

    Dear friends.

    New year and new possibilites! I bet 2011 will be a good year for our
    dream project. More and more people are joining to help pushing
    sailing the farm tribe forward so sofar it looks good.

    Last weeks we have been working hard on the boat project and farm. Its
    5 people here now from different countries from all the world. The
    farm has also got a few more permanent inhabitants – we found out that
    its time to get self sufficient on eggs so now we have chickens -
    hopefully there will be plenty of eggs in a few months time. The
    indoor garden is growing slowly and wonder of wonder we have now 2 red
    tomatoes! :-) That is really a slow growing plant!

    Of more serious farm work we are cleaning 2500 frames in Sodium
    hydroxide (NaOH) or better known as caustic soda which will be used
    for next years beekeeping project. We made a 2×1 meter box out of 1 mm
    aluminium for washing those frames, but suddenly found out that this
    stuff was extremely corrosive. That box lasted only 2 days! Thankfully
    there will be no NaOH on the boat! :-)

    Pictures from last weeks: chickens under the green lamp, cleaning
    beekeeping frames, a boatbuilding girl in front of the boat.

    Peace and love from
    Sailing-the-farm tribe.


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