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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!


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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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
    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.

    If you want to join our sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.
    Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse
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    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.

    If you want to join our sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.
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    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.

    If you want to join our sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.
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    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.

    If you want to join our sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.
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    J.L. wrote:

    Do you have a web-page that does not require signing up for the news-letter, updates and archives, so folks can get a look at the project?



    Never be afraid to try something new…

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

    tnx. the closest blog which seems to keep updated these days is in chinese :-) rest is newsletters so if you want to keep track you need to sign up to our newsletter.

    peace and love


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    Sailing the Farm tribe december 2010.

    Dear friends.

    Its been a cold november and december (coldest since 1919 they say) It
    feels more like january with temperatures down to -25 C but work goes
    forward as usual. We are still working with the sails model and still
    not really happy with the construction so some time to go before we
    scale up in real size and start to make it. 5-6 people have been here
    last weeks. We managed also to melt some hundreds kg of beeswax out
    of old beeframes which hopefully will be candles in future. Then we
    also are working on the boat as normal.

    Im sitting alone in front of the fire and writing up the last
    Newsletter of 2010. Looking back, 53 people from all over the world
    have been helping moving “Sailing the Farm” project forward in
    2010. All more or less amateurs but they have all done a tremendous
    work both on farm and on the boat. This adds up to 836 working days
    or more than 6000 hours! Without this help this project will be
    impossible to finish.. Im very grateful for all who have been
    contributed, the laughter and jokes around the dinnertable and most of
    all the good memories.

    So when the fire slowly burns out and its time to go to bed, I wish
    you and your loved ones a peaceful christmas and a happy new year and
    hope to see you in 2011.

    Pictures from last weeks: The sailmaking model goes forward. Mr Cat
    and boatbuilding dog share the couch after a hard day. Boathouse in

    Peace and love from
    Sailing-the-farm tribe.

    If you want to join our sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.
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    Sailing the farm tribe – October 2010.

    Dear wannabe sea-gypsies.

    Late october 2010. Still no snow, which is kind of strange, but we are
    happy. It has been a quite a busy october with more than 10 people
    here almost all the time so it is a little crowded during dinner-time.
    But ofcourse very nice. We have spent most of the time painting up
    the barn and fixing the roof and we are now very close to finish up
    this step.

    But we are not always working, during weekend it has been apple
    picking so the cellar is stuffed with yummy apple/cinnamon jam.

    We will be back to serious boatbuilding when last part of the barn
    roof is fixed so stay tuned.

    If you want to join our cool sea gypsy tribe, please contact us.

    Pictures from last weeks: Pretty crowded around breakfast table,indoor
    fishing, the cat found a soft couch, happy workers on the roof.

    Peace and love from
    Sailing-the-farm tribe.

    Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse
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