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  • Work on the big barn has proceeded very slowly, but it is satisfying work when one can get to it. All the planning and ideas have been formative, but most formative is working with the physicality of the building. it somehow tells one as one goes along what it wants to be. This is not at all the regular way of planning and then constructing - it is more of an evolving relationship. New possibilities emerge as we go along.

  • I am really interested to learn about these ancient ways Michael, and to see them employed on the buildings at Eleusis. Certainly in terms of ecology and sustainability such ideas fit very well with the ethos. I hope there will be an opportunity to work with you then at some point in the future. And great to learn of your fathers enthusiasm for the project Alex, it sounds that we will soon have a good size team together. Alas I won't myself be around until the spring after I return from India. I think the idea of some sort of calendar is a good one - maybe a Google one, or there is an application that you can use via Facebook called Doodle (I think). I'll have a look and let people know.

  • By the way would be great to see your dad down there Alex, I think anyone making a journey of that distance to work has proved by their actions that they have an interest in the project.

  • This week I will be learning how to quarry lime, burn it and slake it into a putty from a master bricklayer. The lime pit would have been a part of every building site at one point and Im hoping to create one at Eleusis. The repointing and repairs to the stonework can then be done using a mortar made from the very rock on which the building stands. The lime cycle is an ancient process and also a rather volatile and dangerous one. Watch your eyes!

  • So is your Dad free to travel and come and do things? Would he be at all interested in this project?  Looks like we might need to set some times when we get several people together.

  • Wonderful. This is all very exciting. I hope we can work as a good team.

  • Hi Michael,

    Thank you for your comment. It would be  very helpful to have such a document!

  • Hi Mirjam, Im going to measure up the barn in a couple of weeks time and from this we can draw up a plan and start sharing ideas.


  • Hi David,

    Thank you for the invitation. I hope you are doing well. As to developping ideas it might be helpfull to have an insight in the map/plan (i dont know what it is called) groundmap and the measurements. Would you be able to upload such a document?

    gracias mil! un abrazo fuerte

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Originally posted by Dharmavidya on August 10, 2016   One of the things that we observe here at La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) is the therapeutic effect of people simply having space. Modern people experience life as rather crowded. They feel under pressure and stressed, which is really a modern way of saying frightened. We are not frightened in the extreme way that one is if a real tiger walks into the room. That is an acute emergency and one either jumps out the window and escapes or one gets…

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In Germany this is called hugelkultur. You can look it up on the web. It is a way of making a garden bed that is relatively drought resistant, by burying wood. The wood rots and becomes a sponge which retains water. It can be done on a big scale if you have machinery. Mine is a miniature version, within my capability. This idea appeals to me because here in central France we have a lot of rain in the winter and spring but a period of drought most summers. Furthermore, there is forest on the…

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This morning I worked in the forest. I felled a dead tree and gathered wood. Some of this will go for firewood and some will be buried in my next wood-heap garden bed (a small scale version of hugelkultur that I started doing last year and found to be effective against the summer drought). It is hard work cutting and hauling wood, but very satisfying. Overhead geese are migrating. This morning they were, for some reason, flying in circles over the forest, crying loudly right overhead. I sat and…

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