Green Acres Village, late November 2018: Thanksgiving, pond clearing, work parties, tea time


We feasted on Thanksgiving, not as a large Community Dinner, but in a more intimate way, with just us and a few friends. Andreas, however, invited what was it, a total of eight friends? In any case, we had a great time. I stayed four hours, a record for me, as I’m not one to “hang out” very long. Frankly, though others rarely realize this, my life is quite scheduled.

“Yeah,” chimed in Michaele during tea time after last Monday’s work party, when I had come by, not to hang out but to take a few pictures: “You hang out only at Community Dinner.” Bingo.  More on work parties and teatime later. Meanwhile, back to Thanksgiving, here’s Andreas with some of his friends (all IU piano students, I think), reading the book, The Narcissistic Family. Hilarious!

Rebecca bought the turkey. Gabby cooked the bird and carved it.


Lots more food. Here’s a sampling. I didn’t even count the number of desserts, one of which still sits in our fridge.


Our task: to clear out the remains of old fences at the second DeKist house, in preparation for a six feet tall wooden privacy fence. We’ve decided that, aside from three hugelkultur beds and the chickens, this back yard will be devoted to our commons, and our plans call for a sauna in the very back corner and a stage, for music and other presentations. So, get to work!

On both Monday mornings, quite a few of us were present, which gets the job done FAST. We had to remove both an old crumbling wooden fence and a wire fence.



Then, I think it was on Saturday, Gabby and I finally got around to cutting off the old bambooish stalks that grow in the “pond” (now a wetland) every single summer, driving us bananas, but that’s life!


It’s not an easy job. Since I have the only rubber boots, I was the one to actually cut the stalks, piece by piece. But with two of us, Gabby on clean-up and photos, the entire job only took about an hour and a half. Just in time too, because we knew it would rain the next day, filling the pond further and making the muck more difficult to wade through.

Here’s what we’re up against. The BEFORE shot.

It begins . . .

Butt shot.

Half-way through.

Finale! Notice the pile of stalks on the left. Cut up, they will go in a new compost pile.

Gabby was stunned to see the actual pond shape for the first time. “IT’S BIG!” she gushed. “Yes,” I chimed in, “and kidney shaped.” Plus, it’s so nice to now be able to see the garden in winter from the Overhill house windows.

Two days later, Monday morning rolled back into view.


Our fence clearing efforts had been so successful, that all we had to do now was clear out the woody piles created by that job. We decided to make a hugelkultur bed with this stuff which will abut another hugelkulture bed, i.e., to be the short end, Solan tells me, of an “L” shape.

Two piles, the first much larger and harder to disentangle than the other. Here it is, photo taken at Monday morning work party the week before.

Rebecca rakes the pile, to disentangle it.

Rebecca, Josh, Solan and I moved it to the place where we piled it to create a new hugelkultur bed.

Here’s the bed, completed, for now, where it will sit and rot until spring, when we will cover with soil and plant. Hard to tell the shape from this pic, but it’s quite a bit longer than wide.

Oops! Forgot to add pics of Justin and Andreas, who were busy the entire time digging out a stubborn root.

Okay, tea time!

Thanks to Michaele, the tea was unusually delicious, made with these herbs grown in our gardens. YES!

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