Big satisfaction when your own baby trees keep growing, reaching for the sky and digging their roots deeper and deeper. This is the case for me with these five gingko trees all born from seeds that I carried to Italy from a holy shrine in Japan. They really mean a lot for me, I must say.
On the 6th of January in the north east of Italy, people gather to celebrate the traditional fire ritual of Pignarûl, a huge pile of wood and whatever scrap biomass that can be burnt down, drinking hot spicy wine (vin brulé clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peels, brown sugar) and foreseeing the future year according to the direction of the smoke.
Beautiful hemp houses inaugurated in north-eastern Italy. Nice design maybe with a little conventional approach, without daring too much with shapes and concepts... but the ecobuilding movement is moving, step after step.
This house has a wooden frame, no concrete, no gas or other source of heating: just full thick hempcrete walls (hemp fiber and lime stone mix), heat-pump system and solar collectors. Lime rendered walls.