So the big developments of the last two days are that the dome is fully assembled and covered with tarps, and that we now have electricity on site in the form of a one kiloWatt petrol generator. Though we’re only running this briefly for power tools and to recharge batteries.
Next mission is making a wood burner to go inside the dome, so will be all toasty.
The significance of this is that the property is now pretty nicely inhabitable. Warm, dry (not that there’s been any sign of rain since we’ve been here), with various modern conveniences including hot food and internet.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the dude who was supposed to be our third can no longer make it. And he was going to be our native Spanish speaker…
We were waiting until the dome was up before starting to push the project, and now that it is we’ll be spamming places like Couchsurfing, Wwoofing, hackerspaces, permaculture sites etc to see if anyone wants to come out. You are of course invited also. It’s sunny, the place is gorgeous, won’t cost you anything other than food and getting here, and you don’t even need a tent.
We especially need growers as we’re getting to the time to be putting all kinds of food in the ground, and at least one Spanish speaker would probably be helpful.
But even if you’re completely unskilled, another pair of hands would greatly increase what we can do here.
If you can’t make it physically but are able to be chasing up local sources of materials by phone and web I can’t even express how helpful that would be.
And you don’t want to know how far I would go to thank you if you were able to bring in some means of transportation.
So, two people who don’t really know what they’re doing, two days to prep, two days to assemble, basic tools, about €280 for everything.
In other news.
Yesterday was fun. Rather than finish the last of the dome Chris and I hitched into the nearest town of Montehermoso for supplies. Picked up after forty minutes, which I thought wasn’t too bad for too largeish guys in low traffic, facing the wrong direction. Most of the point of the trip was to find a hardware store, and we found the greatest hardware store west of Madrid. I don’t think I’ve ever been on an actual shopping spree before, but I have now.
So now we have the generator, various farming tools, and stuff for the kitchen. And the dude (nicest dude in the world) delivered it and us the twenty kilometers home for free and threw in thirteen wood palletes. At one point he was trying to give us a car battery for 12v lighting, and seemed visibly upset that it was dead.