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Monday, June 4, 2012

Tires and Turtles

     We've spent everyday this past week working on the Earthship. It is not easy work by any means! We did make a trip to Lowes for some more tools. We needed another sledge hammer so we could both work at the same time so I bought a 6 pound hammer. It doesn't seem like a big difference from the 8 pound hammer I had been using but I can work much easier with it and then just finish the tires off with a few good swings from the 8 pound hammer. It's the little things in life that make me happy! I've learned that we can get about 4 tires completed per day. The house will take somewhere near 1000 tires, so according to my calculations, we're only 250 work days from being done with the walls. Oh my! I think that old fashioned barn raising is in order. We'll call it a build party and hopefully get a good amount of family and friends to come out and swing sledge hammers, shovel dirt, and bring good food. Since most of them think that we're crazy we might wait until we've made a little more progress to win them over. 
     A recent storm brought much needed rain for the garden but also left the building site a mucky mess. The heavy clay soil expands and holds water like a sponge. I still wanted to make some progress so I partially filled the tires and we'll finish them off once it dries out a little.
      The rain also brought out this Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina). This little lady was crossing the road so I stopped to help her along. I just love seeing these turtles out and about but their population is dwindling. I can remember spending days of my childhood going "turtle hunting" in the woods. Everyone would have a different color sticker and if you were the first to find a box turtle then you claimed it with your sticker and kept a tally of how many you found. And of course there were extra points awarded if you brave enough to fish the snapping turtles out of the creek and tag them. We lived in the middle of a wooded area so the turtles were abundant and something I took for granted. It never dawned on me that these seemingly indestructible creatures were really so vulnerable. They are slow to mature and do not mate until 8-10 years of age and even then they lay very few (around 5) eggs per clutch. As their habitat is developed and destroyed, they are forced to travel across roads to reach their nesting sites which is a death sentence for many. So as you travel watch out for turtles crossing the road and help them get safely to the other side if possible but never take them from their habitat. Just remember to wash your hands after you handle them as the wild turtle population often carries bacteria like Salmonella on it's shell.

Much Love from Appalachia,

Linking up with Amy @ for the Homestead Barn Hop

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jennyerin!

    I just have a quick question for you.. how did you go about finding out how to build an Earthship in Appalachia? Did you have to change a few things in the plans? I am sure you are quite busy readying the farmhouse for the winter- but if you have a chance, I would love to hear from you via at beckabug(at)

    So inspiring!!!