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!!!!! Magdalene’s Bootcamp Experience

 
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Hello ! I’m Magdalene (/Mags)
I’ve been here at Wheaton Labs as a boot for 3 weeks now. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the lovely people I’ve met here and they’ve helped me feel right at home since my first day. I came with little to no experience with the kind of labor and projects we do here, but everyone has been very patient and I’m learning all the time. I can feel myself getting stronger 💪
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cobbing one of the greenhouse walls (so much fun)
cobbing one of the greenhouse walls (so much fun)
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A tipped willow wonka... and lots of head scratching
A tipped willow wonka... and lots of head scratching
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The view when doing morning business at the willow bank
The view when doing morning business at the willow bank
 
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Brk Day 2

Today is gardening day 🌱 I’ve been really enjoying gardening days when everyone in the bootcamp is together. My heart felt so warmed as I was walking the watering can back to my hugel and I saw a sunny, smiling face around every corner. I felt very grateful to be here, and the sense of camaraderie as we were all working quietly alongside each other.
I think it has taken me about 3 weeks to feel really settled into things and to get acclimated to the pace of work and activity. Now I feel more able to sink into each moment and my surroundings.

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My first project to initiate ! A collab with Dez on a wooden music/flute stand 😎
My first project to initiate ! A collab with Dez on a wooden music/flute stand 😎 these are the preliminary sketches
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Wild strawberries starting to produce tiny fruit
Wild strawberries starting to produce tiny fruit
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A sweet girl and her sweet bundle !
A sweet girl and her sweet bundle !
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Spot the kitty
Spot the kitty
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View of the Lab from the tipi
View of the Lab from the tipi
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little flutterby
little flutterby
 
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Brk Day 3

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Lupine in bloom
Lupine in bloom
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Hangin out Ariana named these George bugs
Hangin out - Ariana named these George bugs
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Pre-guac avocados for taco Tuesday
Pre-guac avocados for taco Tuesday
 
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Brk day 4

Today is the first time since my stay that the temperature has gotten into the 90’s. I think we’re all feeling pretty cooked. A few of the other boots are taking a trip to go swim and cool off, but alas, the sun zapped my energy! And I cannot join...
I’ve been trying to strike the balance between activity and rest, social time and solitude. Energy has always been a hard thing to come by in my adulthood. I haven’t quite found it, but I figure if I continue listening to my body I’ll get there.

I’ve been working a lot on cobbing at the new greenhouse. It’s now getting down to the finishing touches! Josiah requested that a design be put in the cob that’s above the door as you enter. I’m excited at the opportunity for artistic contribution and grateful for the trust that’s been put in me to do a good job 🙂
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Erica cooling off on the concrete floor during insulation installation. We took rotating floor breaks
Erica cooling off on the concrete floor during insulation installation. We took rotating floor breaks
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Carpooling to the lab. Insert Fred in the drivers seat
Carpooling to the lab. Insert Fred in the drivers seat
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Mixing the clay slip
Mixing the clay slip
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Mmm, creamy smooth finish cob
Mmm, creamy smooth finish cob
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Flowers in the hugel garden
Flowers in the hugel garden
 
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Brk day 5
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Morning walk with my cat, Juniper
Morning walk with my cat, Juniper
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what a princess
what a princess
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Sunrise
Sunrise
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Nine wielding the water hose with strength and grace ✨
Nine wielding the water hose with strength and grace ✨
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Stone path and mullein + mulch border on my hugel
Stone path and mullein + mulch border on my hugel
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Working on the design for the greenhouse with manure infused cob 🙃
Working on the design for the greenhouse with manure infused cob 🙃
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This is what 10pm looks like here
This is what 10pm looks like here
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