Grandmother Powers, Snail Made Pizza & Playful Urban Post Industrial Succession at the Village Building Convergence 2013

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White Spider carrying Grandmother Blessings on an Heirloom Rose
White Spider carrying Grandmother Blessings on an Heirloom Rose

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Valerian is a traditional house blessing and protecting being. It was on a bloom of her that we first met a white spider doing her work of pretending to be a flower. After being invited to visit a Village Building Convergence project by the wonderful Susanna, Olive was determined to bring the white spider to feed the grandmother powers, which happened to be among the roses she picked for the occasion. We headed out with her to the Ujima Center for Urban Persistance – a place for Community, Creativity, Music and Art – where earth baked pizza was rumored to be baking…

Snail Made Pizza

Snail Cob Oven with Marian visiting in the Garden
Snail Cob Oven with Marian visiting in the Garden

We stopped along the way and invited one of our Cob Builder Grandmother friends along and she joined the spontaneous outing. Before we could find our way to the garden a pear & chevre slice was handed to us straight out of the oven…

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Pizza baking in Earth Oven
Pizza… It doesn’t get better than this

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Sun Rae Inspired Cascadian Stylin Tree House

Up in the Red Cedar & Douglas Fir Trees at the entrance to Ujima is a fine treehouse in the Style of the “Dr. Suess” Architect of Cascadia…

Sun Rae Inspired Cascadian Stylin Tree House
Sun Rae Inspired Cascadian Stylin Tree House

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Light in the TreeHouse
Light in the TreeHouse

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Detail of TreeHouse Beam allowing house to flex with the Winds
Detail of TreeHouse Beam allowing house to flex with the Winds

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Earth Heated Cottage Bed

Around the corner from the Snail…

Cobb rebuilt Cottage - Cobb was used to insulate and reclaim an old wooden outbuilding...
Cobb rebuilt Cottage – Cobb was used to insulate and reclaim an old wooden outbuilding…

Past the musicians bench…

Green Man
Green Man

Beyond the green man…

Into the cottage is a super efficient double burning stove that convection heats an earth bed for the weary…

Super Effecient Double Burner Stove heats the bed with a convective current
Super Effecient Double Burner Stove heats the bed with a convective current

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Marian explains the way the fire is fed...
Marian explains the way the fire is fed…

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Convection Tube at the foot of an Earth Bed - (Plugged for the Summer)
Convection Tube at the foot of an Earth Bed – (Plugged for the Summer)

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And on the way out we noticed Valerian in bloom at the front door…

Valerian - in wait for the White Spider...
Valerian – in wait for the White Spider…

Ujima Center for Urban Persistance

Check out more City Repair Adventures of the Village Building Convergence, Portland, Oregon 2013

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  1. Perfection. hits my smile button and it just keeps getting bigger with every little story and to see Marian sitting comfortably…. just made my day. thank you! shared.

  2. oh, that tree house! fantabulous.

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