Phew, that was a marathon. It’s really something of a shift in gear: Day 1 was all about review, overview and preview. Day 2 was all about working together in a design group of relatively new acquaintances for the best part of 8 hours and coming up with something useful, ethical and working in permaculture principles.
Here’s a run down of what we covered… to save me writing bullet points, this is the photo I took of the plan of the day:
So, the day was designed according to the SADIM process, with around 80% of the time being taken on Survey, Analyse and Design and around 20% of the time taken up with Implementation and Maintenance (I like to think of Lunch as maintenance, even though this is slightly out of sequence!).
This day was SO HUGE! Actually, I felt a little exhausted getting through this day. I arrived feeling pretty tired from a stressful week at work and was definitely in a bit of an introverted space, just needing quiet time. So getting stuck in to full on design process was a bit tricky, especially working with new people I’d only spent a few hours with last weekend. To be honest, I didn’t feel like talking to anybody! (I did, of course, but I had to keep nudging myself).
My favourite part of the day (aside from lunch) was completing the task of producing the Basemap of our area. It was actually, such a painful process, but I was proud that we achieved it as a team and I learned some really important things along the way:
- always have the right sized tape measure ready
- use a calculator to add up any measurements, and then double (triple?) check
- pencil first, for the whole Basemap – make sure it’s totally right before completing in pen
- choose a good scale for the size of paper you have (we could have had a bigger scale!)
I’ve put up a load of photos from the day here and will post more on my learning from the day later, when I’ve gathered my thoughts.