So one of the biggest if not the biggest ever ecological disaster in Greece happened in the past 10 days. Paliomilos was affected a great deal by the wildfires that destroyed around 50000 hectares of forest in north Evia. We are devastated from this and there s not many things one can say, but we are doing this post to inform all the friends that care for this place and have contacted us showing so much support and care. We are all okay, it is difficult times but we want to continue here in Paliomilos and we have started rebuilding the house already.
If you want to get an impression of the current state of the place you can have a look at a this video from last week, the timelapse of our latest building project showing the fire coming as well as the photos below.
There is also this crowdfunding for Paliomilos to raise some money for the immediate repairs.
What we and the whole area around actually need more than money is helping hands and minds. The best would be people that have some practical (re)building skills as well as people who know what to do in the aftermath of such a catastrophe, since everyone around is very concerned about the first big autumn rains which might cause the river to flood and the mountain to come down since there are no trees or shrubs to hold the burnt soil.
At the moment we are so overloaded with the urgent tasks of creating a liveable space again, for humans and animals alike, and restoring and saving what can still be saved of the trees, plants and infrastructure, that we do not find the time and energy to plan and organise something.
We will keep you updated here about the next steps, thanks a lot to all the people who came and helped so much already
so here we are again! it was a lovely summer with a bit of everything in it !
First and foremost the band-saw !! after 20 and more years of inactivity we managed to restore this band-saw that my great grandfather bought in an auction in 1951 ! we went from this cutting
step by step
to this !!
the house is finally out of the cast !!!
we also made a terrace in the back of the house which even became a open air cinema
the garden was again plentiful
the animals grow in size and number and along the way we also learn something.
and the project of the winter has landed, a house on a trailer ! took out the rust and painted it and packed it for the olive season.
good food, friends and beautiful views made this summer special !
over the last year we ve been mainly focusing in maintaining what we have, getting better at that, and not so much in growing, there was not so much building, not so much planting, a lot of olive grove work, accounting and dealing with off the farm issues.
so here go some of the highlights in photos
the sheep family is getting bigger, they found a home too, so all is well so far…
minutes after the birth of the first small ones
mums and children out eating..
and booly the bulldozer guarding the house!
the foxes killed a lot of chicken last year, when we tried real free ranging so we re back in protective mode
heavy pruning, half the grove last year and half this year !
major works in the garden, a complete upgrade
a very good olive harvest with a few but creme de la creme pickers 😉
a few constructions
so much good food and preserves
sweet and normal potatoes, onions, cabbage
little pets as usual
and beautiful landscapes that make the soul find some shelter in this insane, virtual society we live in…
what do you do on a rainy autumn when you have no olives to pick ? …well the following:
design the farm of Paliomylos
then start the works and implementation of the plan by uprooting around 60 olive trees this year
then preparing the soil for planting, processing and gathering the wood
and then off course planting the new trees just a couple of days ago ! mainly almonds but also other fruit trees like apricots, peaches, plums, etc totaling around 50 for now. We also started planting the fence. The planting will continue throughout the winter and early spring and i ll keep the blog updated with that.
apart from this big project that will take a few years to setup, part of the team has been putting a lot of energy in the winter garden which is back after 4 years and its looking beautiful !
some experimentation with biochar stoves
and last but not least at all, our 3 new little sheep
so this is what we ve been up to, together with a lot of amazing cooking and food preservation and good company 🙂
a lot of time passed, too many things happened, many amazing people, a very fruitful summer with a lot of creative work and good times! the photos will say the story, this time with no comments. Next post will come sooner !
Mediterranean Permaculture Seminar in Paliomylos ! 5 days of learning and having fun. The teachers Tina Lymberis and Fotini Georgousi combined in perfect harmony and delivered a seminar full with knowledge that misses nothing from a complete 13day PDC in a way that brought only smiles, hugs and positive energy to the 30+ people that stayed in Paliomylos this last week.
For the team these days were rejuvenating and all the ideas and encouragement gave us a huge boost for the big works that are coming up.
So there was theory
and design !
In the meanwhile in the house, preparations for the seminar occupied most of July together with the normal gardening, food processing and construction work.
Life is normal finally in paliomilos after the storm of the olives. the focus now is on the gardens and the house and some things here and there.
Inti and jeroen have done an amazing job this year on the garden side, rejuvenating the soil and restructuring the shape and irrigation.
apart from the main garden we have some extensions this year with the hugelbeds, which are looking really good
garlic, onions fields, chickpeas and a 3 sisters (corn, beans, squashes) field
With the huge harvest comes a mountain of olive leaves outside the olive oil press, so we decided to built a Jean Pain compost to have extra hot water of more then 50 C !
This year we went big with grafting and were very successful with pears and apples on wild pear rootstock, plums and apple on plum and quince, but still not successful on citrus which will try again later in the summer.
Now we focus on the house, renovating and adding some extra functionality
and off course we had to clean the olive branches, pile the wood and we took out a few sick trees and we are going back to that in October