The corbell cobs are used to make the arches over the windows. Long strands of straw coated in sticky clay dry super strong in combination with cob.
Our first batch of cob for the season started the coffee nook. The large, opening, SSE-facing window will be set in a small wall of cob atop a salvaged marble sill. In front of that, a fir slab counter. The foot of the bed (nest-shaped and heated from the exhaust of the rocket stove) will serve as a bench. A”coffee rocket” will be built right into the wall next to the window. So, sliding out if bed for a cup of coffee is that: just a slink under the covers to emerge in the other side, light up the rocket, and grind the beans.
This picture of beautiful fly agaric, or fly amanita, was sent to its by Nathan’s mom in northern Wisconsin. It is psychoactive and poisonous. Mostly it is awe-inspiring.
I said one last insect before getting back to work, but I didn’t say anything about spiders! I couldn’t resist this little beauty stretched out among the pansies.
A noiseless patient spider
by Walt Whitman
A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.