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November, 2007 - Issue #78

This month we were reminded that sometimes, the journey IS the destination.  We began November with a 1500 mile road trip across the south, as we relocated from the suburbs of Denton, Texas to a rural community of green and groovy people in central North Carolina.  A week after we arrived, we went to Washington State so Bob could attend a Mushroom Cultivation Workshop and spend Thanksgiving with family.  After we returned to North Carolina, we moved all of our stuff again to our new home which we affectionately named "Camelina" after the oilseed plant.

 

    STREET LIFE IN NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER - CAFE DU MONDE

   

After an evening in Houston, we spent All Saints Day in New Orleans.  Our first stop was the Cafe Du Monde for iced coffee and beignets.  Bob's mother used to bring him here as a little boy. He lived in New Orleans until he was nine years old.

 

BOB'S CHILDHOOD HOME IN THE CRESCENT CITY

Here is the circular street he learned to ride his bike on.  The trees are a whole lot bigger now.

 

OUR NEW BEST FRIEND, GIL

We had a blast walking around the French Quarter, meeting interesting people such as Gil, from Michigan.  For more photos of our Road trip to North Carolina via Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida,  Georgia and South Carolina, click on Road Tripping Across the South

 

SIGHT FOR TIRED EYES

 

We were very happy to reach Sunset Beach in North Carolina, because it meant we were only a few hundred miles from our destination.

 

IRRESISTIBLE

 

The ocean, at once calming and energizing, beckoned and we went.

 

OUR NEW HOME

 

We moved into this house temporarily and our new housemates were kind enough to let us stack all of our belongings into their back room.

 

OILSEED COMMUNITY IS A BIG PLACE

   

 

There are 83 acres of fields and woods at Oilseed Community - plenty of room to walk around outside.  Jessi is one of our new housemates.  She showed Camille a nice place to walk.

 

    WALKING TO WORK

 

Saturday after we moved in, Link and Ian (Jessi's other half) showed us the trail from Oilseed to Industrial, where both Piedmont Biofuels and Piedmont Biofarm are located.  Many of the people who live at Oilseed work at Industrial.  This is a photo of us with Link and Ian at the creek crossing and another of the farm at Industrial.

 

POT LUCK SUNDAY

 

Ian and Greg are preparing food for the weekly potluck at Oilseed.  On this night most of the recipes consisted of sweet peppers and potatoes.  Bob made tempeh and a delicious roasted red pepper soup, Ian and Jessi made an apple cake, and Camille baked bread.  There were thirteen of us and we all cooked.  There is more about our new home here at: Moving to North Carolina

 

OFF AND RUNNING AGAIN

Just as we were getting settled in and starting work, we took a week off and went to Olympia, Washington.  Here is a photo of the Atomic Ranch House from the woods behind it.

  

Camille took these photos while Bob and Frankie were attending the Stamets Mushroom Seminar.  There are more photos here:  Enjoying the Beauty of Washington State

 

FUNGI PERFECTI

   

Bob and our friend, Frankie Abralind spent two days learning all about mushrooms and their cultivation from Paul Stamets at a Fungi Perfecti Mushroom Seminar

 

TWIN PEAKS COUNTRY

  

Bob walked away from the seminar with lots of treats, including a Shitake-inoculated log, which reminded us of the Log Lady from the 1990/1991 television show Twin Peaks.  So, after a fabulous breakfast,  Camille felt compelled to pose with the log outside the Misty Valley Inn.  Cousin Scott sent this photo of Snoqualmie Falls which was featured in the Twin Peaks introduction.

 

RUBY BEACH OVERLOOK

 

HOH RAINFOREST

We took a day to explore the beauty of Olympic National Park.  One of the places we visited was the Hoh Rainforest.  For more photos of this mystical place, go to A Walk Through The Hoh Rainforest

 

THANKSGIVING AT WESTPORT WITH SCOTT AND ROWENA

   

After we arrived at Cousin Scott and Rowena's home, they took us for a nice long walk on the beach.  The moon had just risen and the sun was setting.  Rowena is a welcome addition to the family.  She and Scott have been married nearly a year.

 

ALL BOGGED DOWN

 

We all had a wonderful (nearly vegan) Thanksgiving dinner, complete with Tofurky and then Scott took us to see the cranberry bogs.  That morning, we had made cranberry sauce and juice from a big bag of fresh cranberries that were given to Scott.

 

HOME TO CAMELINA

It was good to get back to Oilseed Community and settle into the business of moving into our new home.  Christine, our Ford Escort sits outside while Mrs. Claus overlooks the fire pit.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. - George Bernard Shaw

We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. - Starhawk

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. - Chinese Proverb

Read about what else we might be thankful for on our blog, Plastic Farm Animals.

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