The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

By Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

Tired of the high-pressure lifestyles they lead in ny urban, Wendy Jehanara Tremayne and her husband migrate to fact or outcomes, New Mexico, the place they construct, invent, forage, and develop all they want for themselves. filled with quirky tales and inventive illustrations, this inspiring memoir chronicles the off-the-grid adventures of the Tremaynes. Touchingly own whereas additionally delivering sensible tutorials on making your personal biofuel, development an effective apartment, and gardening sustainably, The solid existence Lab will motivate you to chase your desires of self-sufficiency. 

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Meet each with the simplest wisdom to be had on the time. The structure’s ceiling was once made up of lengths of ponderosa pine spaced a number of inches aside and tied down via hand with baling twine. because the solar traverses the sky, the pine produces a good-looking peekaboo impression of stripes of colour and solar on a stained cement slab lower than it. I stained the slab a ordinary earthen colour with powdered umber that I combined with water and stabilized with a cement sealer. in the summertime months, under the ponderosa pine, I cling a massive 20-foot by means of 12-foot color fabric that i stitched jointly within the front room after clearing out just about all the furnishings to make room for it. Its cover diffuses harsh UV rays. the whole constitution used to be made for a number of hundred funds and may stand sturdily in position for many years. I in comparison it to what that a lot cash may possibly purchase — a flimsy premade constitution that most likely wouldn’t last longer than a season or earlier than being destroyed via the wind and left, with fractured legs, subsequent to a dumpster. Nature is plentiful should you understand how to examine it. shall we have long gone to the ironmongery store and purchased a protecting for the patio wall, probably R-panel, yet what enjoyable may which have been? Sesame shouldn't have gotten to roam unfastened at the grassy plains and stopover at the cows via the river, and we'd have ignored a superbly strong picnic and spring view of the mountains. on the town, mesquite timber drop candy, protein-rich, caramel-flavored pods at the floor. they're infrequently spotted through so much, a customary annoyance to a couple. Mikey and that i realize them as foodstuff and stay up for the suitable second whilst the timber free up the pods with a steady tug. With textile sacks we capture the bounty. we decide stands with candy, fats purple-streaked pods that produce the flavor we adore most sensible and host the smallest amount of insects. (The flat almond-colored style lacks sweetness and features a little beetle that survives freezing temperatures and severe warmth. ) On day-by-day walks with Sesame we pattern still-tethered pods and suck on them to critique their style whereas anticipating the timber to mature. At domestic, we freeze the loot in a chest freezer for a number of days after which solar-dry the pods at temperatures over 106°F to make sure that insects and their eggs are eliminated. while the pods are snap-brittle, we decide via them, breaking off components the place a gap exhibits the access of a critter. Then, with a $1 garage-sale espresso grinder, we flip the wiped clean pods into mesquite flour that shops all iciness. We make all our baked items with a ratio of one-third mesquite to two-thirds white (or different) flours. even though mesquite flour sells for 20 instances the cost of white flour, it truly is loose to us. It calls for merely knowledge, hard work, and a few time. Mesquite is an strange tree. A hardwood nitrogen-fixing legume local to arid areas of the Southwest, it sends out 200-foot taproots to discover water. within the worst of droughts, mesquite survives on water too deep to nourish so much different timber. Mesquite packs energy within the kind of sugar and protein. it really is either drugs (topical/internal) and nutrients (flour and molasses): a gluten- and soy-free, high-fiber, calcium-rich deal with.

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