Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it’s off to work we go!
Sorry it has been so long, kids. But we’ve been working really hard out here at GLR. For the past two and a half weeks we’ve had five excellent interns working their hearts out on our Cambodia dwelling in addition to completing all of the farm chores, raising baby chicks, growing vegetables, working the farm stand, scoping out larger farmer’s markets, and participating in every other aspect of life here on the farm.
With five interns working full time our progress on lifestyles lane has moved dramatically. A little over fourteen days ago our Cambodian house was just a grassy field. It is now nearly complete. The pictures below explain it better than I can.
As you can see, production began in the rain. Around here being completely drenched in a rain storm is usually a more pleasurable working condition than the sun beating down on you constantly as you work. The dwelling is approximately 20 feet by 10 feet in area, the roof is 12 feet off the ground in the front and 10 feet off the ground in the back which makes for a comfortable internal ceiling height that slopes from nine feet to seven feet. The floor joists are sixteen inches apart on center, the subfloor is water sealed plywood, and the floor covering is stick on vinyl tile. The rafters are also sixteen inches on center, the roof deck is water sealed plywood, and the roof is corrugated tin from a neighbors barn demolition. The wall coverings are bamboo that the interns have personally cut and lashed to the structure. We will likely need to make some tarp curtains for the interior of the structure for extremely wet or cold weather. This particular dwelling is ideal for simulations run in the summer time. Once construction is complete we’ll outfit the dwelling with a rice paddy, and outdoor cooking area, and some flower boxes. It is very exciting to see Lifestyles Lane taking shape.
You are probably asking yourself, “But farmerlady, surely hilarity has ensued over the last few weeks. You can’t have been working the entire time. Curious and funny things must have happened.” Well you are correct America. Hilarity ensues everyday.
People joke that we live in “Deliverance” and if you were to visit recently you might be even more convinced of that myth because one of our interns is an excellent banjo player and has been regaling us nightly with his musical stylings.
We had some of our dear friends, the Milburn family, come out to have a cookout with us and fish in the creek. We succeeded in scaring the fish away, but otherwise had an excellent time. I’m pretty sure the Milburn children had a good time, especially if the sign of a good time is that you have to borrow clothes because you played right through yours.
We have cooked multiple gourmet meals, had the air-conditioner break twice, and in general had a roaring good time. We also learned that all Kayakers on Green River Lake must have a personal floatation device or they will get a fifty dollar fine. We did not know that before.
It hasn’t been a typical summer, and it has certainly been tiring, but we have a lot of tangible evidence of Geoff’s hard work and mentorship and the interns valiant efforts. Life is good.