2020 – the craziest year so far

Rural stone house

Things happened in the last five months that nobody would have considered possible. We have seen devastating wild fires, the threat of a new world war, a global pandemic, governments handling crisis very questionably, and now violent race riots in the US. Against all odds, the build continued Luckily, neither of us lost our jobs during the […]

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Planting a food forest: The plan

Moos on an old trunk

We have another big project besides the restoration of our house: planting a little food forest! We already found out that we theoretically could sustain our trees by rain water alone. Why we want a food forest In future we would love to live harmoniously with nature and not fight it. Ideally, we only go out and […]

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How rainwater is worth a lot of money

Precipitation of our area

If have never before really considered how much water costs. I know that store-bought water is basically a scam making people pay horrendous amounts of money for bottling something that belongs to everybody. We already talked about how filtering your own water enables you to live much cheaper. This post starts with the trees Today I researched […]

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Applying Permaculture principles

The house is one important project but equally important is the cultivation of our land. The soil is very degraded after years of only growing oats. Since late summer, we just left it as it is. Letting the weeds grow. Weeds are an indicator of poor soil health but they also help to recover the soil. Learning […]

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Things are progressing

The town hall called Sara to discuss how we pay taxes on the build. Surprised by this question, she asked whether that meant that we got the permits, because we hadn’t heard anything yet. The woman on the other side of the phone responded: “Well… when I call to talk about the taxes, that usually means that […]

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Nobody said that it’s going to be easy

As we already mentioned before, we were waiting for getting the building permits to renovate our house. We got told that it should be easy to get it but as it turns out, it’s not that easy. Regulations differ from region to region, and where we live, things are more difficult. Turns out that our house is […]

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We are moving closer to our goals

Lots of stuff to take with into the new flat

We are figuratively and literally moving closer to where we want to be. It’s been a week now that we packed our things and moved into a flat very nearby to our future home. This way, we are right where the action is happening. No more 1.5 hour long drives back and forth. No more wasting fossil […]

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Cleaning up – Part II

Tidy room

The Last time we went to our house, we could not finish cleaning up the insides. This is part II of the cleaning operation. This weekend we went there with Sara’s sister, her boyfriend and their two big dogs Trufa and Pintxu. After a nice lunch at a local restaurant, we arrived to the land. It was […]

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All you need to know about Catching rainwater

Watering can in the rain

This article will be extended over time with more information. Be sure to check back soon or subscribe as we will add more soon. It all starts with climate First, you need to analyze, how much precipitation (P) you can expect for each month. The website climate-data.org is a great resource to find out how much rain […]

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