Terra Firma: Ashore in the Bay of Strangers

Friday, 25 August 1995 – “Bosun – topside!” The Captain’s command over the intercom aroused me from a deep sleep. Henri, jumping from his cot, rushed out to film the action on deck. Soon the muffled rattling of the anchor chain reverberated throughout the ship: we were dropping anchor. Slowly, I got up. Fleetingly, ever so fleetingly, a wave of revulsion suffused my body, and I tried not to think about what was outside: a fog-shrouded, ice-cold sea and a huge, empty island. I glanced at my watch: 7:15 a.m. Through the porthole I could see a calm sea, light blue under a low, grey sky. If this was Ivanov Bay, the grave search party would go ashore. If it  wasn’t, only the Captain might know where on earth we may be. I got dressed and hurried outside. In the light, drizzly mist that engulfed the ship, Jerzy and Bas were siphoning gasoline into lemonade bottles from a big, rusty fuel barrel on the foredeck, using a rubber hose. Inside, the breakfast table had been set, but there was no time to eat. The landing of the grave-searchers was busily being prepared, as Boyarsky was threatening that the sea might soon get rough again. Only George, with aristocratic unconcern, sat sipping a cup of tea in the otherwise empty mess room. The corridors teemed with foot traffic. The hum of electric motors resonated through the steel vessel as the deck crane deposited a huge stack of wooden beams and planks from the hold into the landing craft. For protection against bears, the Ivanov Bay group would be constructing a hut for their stay. On deck, the atmosphere was frenzied and tension was palpable, with good-byes adding to the din of cargo handling.

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Nino Marchetti – The $200 Tiny “Pod” Home, Courtesy of Recycled Materials

Image via Jeffrey the Natural Builder

sustainablecitiescollective.com. December 1, 2012. Dream of building your own home, but lacking both cash and time? A natural builder raised a tiny home in rural Oregon over the course of just two months, at a total cost of just $200 — the cost of  screws, nails, tarpaper and sand.

The builder is Jeffrey the Natural Builder, and the “tiny dome home” (which comes to us via Treehugger) was constructed on land provided by Aprovecho, a sustainable education and research center located near Cottage Grove. His aim in constructing this little cabin was to source as many building materials as possible from the local waste stream, to familiarize himself with new techniques and to test out the possibilities of such structures in “pod living.”

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