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Home Among the Trees

Here’s a ‘goody’ that may interest a number :  type in (search)  WATERBOXX  (2 Xs).  Rather fascinating Grow Plants / TREES “way”.
Not only that, but Side Bar related info a WORTHY look too.
One on Homes from Living Trees.  Something I’ve done in the ’60s.  Still there as far as I know.  Made from growing bent willows.  Made it for Christy as her own ‘private cabin In The Woods’.
Even given thought to doing “ditto” on our safe land…using very tall White Birch trees in a grove there.

Anyway, check these places out if you’re interested.

Remember, Willows and willow-related trees (Birch being one) means : SURFACE WATER.



A sister sent:

heres the info i just found. I AM RIGHT!!!  :)  i went to yahoo search and typed in earths current tilt   and got some webs.  here are 2 i checked. wow…and double wow!!!!!   please share . maybe others know this or seen or would like to know.  . sis

Aho.   Will right now.  Thanks.  re

<This sister> has been telling me she Swears the sun is going up / down MORE AND MORE   FROM  THE NORMAL E / W.

Don’t think we are getting ready to FLIP?  CHECK THIS SITE OUT!   re


By observing nature, one can get some tremendous Survival Insights.

Knowing a bit about trees and their Roots can help one locate SURFACE WATER.  Willows of ALL species have SHALLOW roots.  If you see these, you are seeing WATER…VERY close to the surface.

Ants build OVER water flow “systems”.  The ants that have the LARGE (“dome”) homes….by CIRCLE WALKING and finding other similar “domes” and “mark them” (to mind or flagging….you’ll “SEE” the water “stream” below.  Then know the waters, “flow”. ALL Shallow water YOU can easily dig to, for YOU.

Squirrels build LEAF NESTS for winter.  “Follow”.  LEAF PILES KEEP YOU WARM.

Birds “Fluff” their feathers to INSULATE.  LAYER YOUR CLOTHING to keep warm.

Flies congregate at particular places on your CEILING.  HEAT RISES…right?  Thus INSULATION IN Landing Spots” THE ATTIC is WELL INSULATED at those Landing Spots.  TRAPPING HEAT from Escaping  KEEPS THE FLIES WARM.   “Look” to THEM to “see” your “weak” insulation areas.

Certain STONES are OLD RIVERBED stones.  Look for these and “follow” an ancient river.  STILL WATER below them, tho now DEEPER.  LOOK FOR A “HOLED” spot…where an ancient river / stream had “drilled” at the base of a WATERFALL.  Water still THERE…deep, but there.

Man is made of Earth…thus “attached” to her yet.  DOWSING WORKS!  Internet HOW TOs galore “out there”.  LEARN.

Look at the DEEP SNOW beasts and fowl.  WELL INSULATED FEET.  Add the DEAD GRASSES / LEAFS to INSULATE EVEN YOUR SOCKS…top AND bottom…as EMERGENCY “Moccasins”) foot wear.  EVEN STUFF YOUR CLOTHING “Ditto”. EVEN WET ONES will dry next to your body… DO get AND KEEP, Warm.

Look TOO at their FEET / Foot Prints….WIDE!  IE : SNOWSHOES!  Ditto the MOOSE…SWAMP AND “MUD / MUCK” SHOES. SPREAD YOUR FEET OUT…Make or Buy snowshoes (if you live in that “type” of area).

Look at the 2 POLES.  All the Ice and Snow.  We are AS the Earth…..KEEP YOUR HEAD COVERED so “ice” doesn’t “collect” and let heat leave your “poles”.  Head AND Feet…INSULATE!

Look at the countries of the EQUATOR.  Too HOT?  USELESS “Foliage” around your middle.

Look to “Mother” and the insects YOUR area has.  CERTAIN COLORS ATTRACT CERTAIN INSECTS.  Certain PLANTS REPEL CERTAIN INSECTS, simply by the ODOR of the Plant.

Dress FOR THE AREA…SMUDGE or CRUSH and Rub On with the plant’s Juices.

The “Sacred Plants” we NA still use to burn / smudge, was, ORIGINALLY….N.A. “BUG OFF”!

BY OBSERVING NATURE you can “get by” where others pay High Electric Bills…or Perish.   re


Time to Eat!

Our State (Washington) struggles with the need for money…our taxes go up and up.  From Property to Food to Drinks to Cigarettes…even Doctors soon to be forced to charge Taxes.   OK, we are all caught in this…while OUR income remains ‘stable’.  No raises to US, just more out FROM us.  Aho?

This means cutting costs to MEET costs.  Aho?

There ARE ways to “do well”, despite the taxes.

One of the Easiest is on FOOD.  “Grazing”.  IE: how to supplement your food needs by using Greens FOUND IN NATURE.

I’ve had a few visitors in the last few weeks…and introduced them to WILD CUCUMBERS.  This, the lower INSIDE of CAT-TAILS.  The HEART smells AND TASTES just like Cucumber!


Better know though, as the “tails” grow, the hearts become “woody”…no good.


To my wife and I, Cattails are the BEST PLANT for MANY things.  Food to Clothing Insulation, to Building, to Spear or Arrow…and perhaps a half dozen other things.

Many States have these…and MOST folks have No IDEA they are driving by God’s GARDEN, daily.

Dandelions…a weed to YOU maybe, but FOOD and Wine to US.

Carp and Suckers…”Trash fish”…here we can catch AS MANY AS WE CAN…and NO FISHING LICENSE NEEDED…Year ROUND!  “Trash?”

Not if you know how to fix ’em!  DANG, they’re delicious!

Most toss out Potato Peelings.  Why?  WASH and De-Eye before peeling and dip in oil and salt them…then into the oven to make a mass of Nutritious POTATO CHIPS!

Asparagus “hard end” cut offs: BOIL INTO A SOUP!

I’m telling you this to help you become aware of your lack of knowledge.  A lack that keeps you “cutting back”…and eventually DESPERATE.

Can sure wear a soul down.

You may say “GOD! WHY!!!”

And He quietly says  “Look out your window.  All there for you.  Why do you WEEP?”

“He” has provided…even books in Library AND on Internet SEARCH….AND given you your Brain to use.  WHY DON’T YOU START USING IT?



THIS in an Opportunity to LEARN!



Folks, Aussie Dave is an OBSERVER.  Here’s 2 he “found.”  I THINK I’LL GIVE #1 A TRY.  #2, I’ll WAIT!  ( :   re

Dave’s tale:
    wanted to tell u what these two animals showed me…first the rat….while moving a pile of firewood i found a rats house in it down the bottom in the middle…what really impressed me about this house was how it had first used water proof plastic for the first layer that touched the ground…then it used dry grass to form the nest…finially it used a thick layer of wool type padding out of my old bed….for the soft warm inner….that impressed me….very smart little critters…….the ladybugs taught me that if your life is threatened u can save yourself by making urself really repulsive….they can secrete a fowl smelling & tasting substance from their joints…other insects are turned off eating such a horrible thing…& the ladybug lives on….so my thought was that if your just about to me murdered…the best thing to do is poo yourself (which u might do anyway) & then wipe it all over yourself & throw it at your attacker….good chance they will lose interest in u & just want to get as far away from u as possible…(go clean themselves)….works for ladybug:)….GB


Ever hear of POTATO TOWERS?  Interesting.  Check it out on SEARCH (Google – WS).   re

Anyone here ever get to an ocean beach?
If so, one that has BELL KELP washed ashore?

For those that don’t know this kelp, it has a big “ball” on one end, the stem goes to a “point” at the other.

It’s edible, but that’s not why I’m writing this.  IT MAKES AN EXCELLENT “Deep FOG HORN” SOUND!

Small ones higher pitched.  The bigger the deeper.

All are “3-pitched.”  The more you blow (harder) into it, it changes the tone.  Aho?

To make, all you need is a knife:
Cut the “ball” half off (leaving a “horn” “mouth”).
Go to the small end and start cutting that end towards “horn” end.  SMALL sections at a time…’til you hit HOLLOW within.  Now, at that hollow inner,  begin getting it bigger ’til that hollow can fit your pursed-up lips, then Leave it there (like blowing on a Trumpet).


The sound will amaze you.

Once, my brother and I were out in a small aluminum boat in Puget Sound.  In the SHIPPING channel.  BIG Ships passing by.  Our little 14-footer just a piece of flotsam to those guys.  Aho?

Well, FOG SET IN.  My brother Jim looked for his bottle Air Horn (Carried for just this type of situation).  HADN’T BROUGHT IT!
He was Worried (rightfully so).
We were trolling for salmon and now “Fog Locked”. Could take 2-4 hours for the fog to lift.
As we were trolling I had noticed riptides here and there.  MOST CARRIED THIS BELL KELP.
I told Jim, “Watch for rips, Jim, and cruise along it, I’ll show you something.  Nature provides If you “know.”  Wasn’t long before I had a kelp aboard.

Jim was perplexed.  “WHY?”

“You’ll see in a minute,” I told him.

Knife in hand and about 6 minutes later I was done.  Raised the “Horn” end and blew into the other.  YOU’D HAVE THOUGHT WE WERE A BATTLE WAGON!  DEEP and LOUD!

No ship problem.  Never got any salmon but DID make it safely through the fog.

I was at a Family Reunion, walking the beach with M and C and M’s dad.  Walked to the shoreline, and got a “horn.”  Cut it and began blowing it “3-pitch.”  Beach had MANY strollers.  All turned to see.

Father-in-law intrigued…wife and daughter too….so I got them one.  Different lengths.  All 4 of us now a “musical band” as we walked.
2 men approached.  Asked “HOW DO YOU DO THAT?”   Showed ’em and they got their own and whittled away.  Me “supervising.”
Turns out they were both Horn Blowers from a Big City California orchestra….out on vacation.  They got to wondering… WHITTLED FINGER HOLES ON THE STEAM, and LO!  Had “REAL” Horns!  One TUBA and one TROMBONE!  Man, could THEY PLAY!  FanTASTIC!

So, any ever get to the beach…………………………

Enjoy.    GB   re


Been looking at local trees as I drive by….thinking “survival shelters.”  Has dawned on me that many’s out-reaching big branches could form quick and easy…and INTERESTING structures IF PLACED UPSIDE-DOWN with trunk straight up.  “Pre-Made” Wall BRACES!

A “Future Experiment?”   Anyway, something to “Brain File.”

Would be easy to plant these and cover with rush leaves/Long weed “sheathing”/tarp “wrap-around”/etc. to hold heat (SAFE fire) IN and Snow/Rain OUT.

Thought I’d pass this possibility on to you as a fun backyard possible project for a Garden “shed”/”Tent”/etc.    GB   re


Not at all sure any here will be interested.  As all know, I’m building a mini “hobbit hut.”  I still have lots of “stuff” to go on and complete more…such as another hut with bathroom, etc.
Still, “stuff” about.  HUGE STUMPS, STONES, etc.  These I intend to incorporate into the wall of #2.
Our property here is DRY.  Sage country. Water hard to come by.  Aho?
I came across an article on a gal (landscape designer) in California.  She too has “problems.” NOW DOESN’T!  Has made a “Magical Meadow” by using rocks, etc. AND IT LOOKS GREAT!
She’s “right up my alley” in REASON of doing.
She DOES have water and now uses Far FAR LESS. Now a “backyard Paradise.”

With my mini in THIS type of setting….WOW!  And I do NOT NEED water to do so.  NOR the MONEY she used to do so.  YOU CAN TOO!

When I started building I started with stone steps up the slope to the entry.  WITH LANDSCAPING IN MIND, as I could.
Her doing on her land an INSPIRATION to me.

With SALVAGED Material and Time…if interested, YOU CAN TOO!

Due to water unavailability I long ago decided to “plant” Plastic “Flowers,” tucked here-n-there in stone “piles.” Wanting to turn a mystical area between Freeway and Side Road.  Getting rid of the “junk” as I go.  This li’l Earth Dome in “her” type “setting” will, in time BE DONE. (My intent anyway…and always  has been).  Aho?
Anyway,   if interested.  GB   re


A number of you do this, at least to an extent. “Seeing” our relationship with all around us.  Not just Humans, but All.
I’m happy to say ONE is as “deep” as me.  RARE for ANY, even to my “kind.”

Scripures tell we are “made of the earth.”  We and NATURE are VERY Similar.  Just different “skins,” basically.

Let’s look at Us verses our Earth planet:

“Mother” Sweats (evaporation) as too do we.

“Mother” shudders and shakes.  Shows she’s Cold or Ill.  As do we.

“She” Vomits (volcanoes).  As we.

“She” gets sunburned (deserts), just as we do.

Basks in the sun (tropical islands).  As we.

She too Walks and “dances”….Rotation around the sun and spinning.  As we.

“Her” skin is as ours…Lumps and Bumps, Wet and dry…Growths…and too, Bug Bit.

“She” has an INNER “Fire”…we have that too, our “Spirit” and “Zest of Life.”

One thing only makes us different.  SHE OBEYS THE GREAT CREATOR…ALWAYS!  We, on the other hand, DON’T!