Hey everyone! We have begun our voyage, and are having a great time so far.
Here is a website you can use to track our progress – every ten minutes!!
And at last! The Master List gets thrown out! Woohoo!
We were so lucky to have so many guests visit us these last few months. Charlie’s mum, Pam, came for a visit late last year and partook in crazy engine-less fog-sailing, my sister Suzie came all the way from New Zealand for a week of Portal lazing, our dear friend Andy came for a night and stayed for a month (but we wish he’d stayed longer!), Mum and Peter arrived early February with energy and enthusiasm to carry our projects forward, Allie, an old friend, stopped by for a night, Charlie’s bike buddy Chris helped out for a week, and finally my Dad, by the end of February, with dehydrating expertise and all-round adventurers wisdom. Everyone helped a lot, all in their own way, and it was great to have the company!
Wow! What a year it has been so far! I can hardly believe my blog is still stuck in Thanksgiving… and yet, I haven’t had more than a second to myself in over two months, so it’s to be expected. At long last though, on the eve of our departure, an update!
I want to share with you all the work and projects that have gone into our beloved Portal, all in an effort to ready her for a trans-pacific voyage. We have learnt so much along the way, and finally, we feel she is ready. Here’s the proof:
“Two Rolling Hearts” is a short little film I made in 24hrs to celebrate Charlie and my Commitment Ceremony, August of 2011. A bit of fun and lots of love!
“Go Small, Go Now” is a trailer for Lily Barlow’s current documentary project on sustainable travel. It was filmed throughout Europe, across the Atlantic, and in the Caribbean. Full Doco coming soon!
“Skipping Waste” is a documentary about dumpster diving, created in 2009 by Lily Barlow. It was shot in France and the Netherlands. The movie is distributed under the conditions of the Creative Commons Share Alike NonCommercial Attribution license.
Monopolizing chain supermarkets dominate food sales. Bananas from Columbia and avocados from Brazil are filling baskets throughout European winters. These unsustainable consumer habits lead to a well of waste, burning oil and overflowing landfills. Desperately seeking an alternative, dumpster divers are taking to the streets, feeding hundreds with the found food. ”Skipping Waste” follows these communities through France and the Netherlands as they recoup and reuse what capitalist society has deemed as ‘trash’.