pastoral 2, outline1, the garden

the villages are cut into hills, with a giant crack that is also the front door and courtyard. A crack is cut into the dome of the hill, all the way through.  



at the top, the crack has rails across, for hanging plants in summer, and drying clothes.



the boy leaves with his first herd, with his solar buffalo bcs that hes made some modifications to.


the buffalo caries many supplies, feed and water for man and sheep, grain and grass seed, and herbs for planting by creek sides, and a secure rabbit warren


when he leaves to place the rabbit warren, something happens.


he activates remote eyes, counts sheep, activate feed sound to attract sheep, but some problem, activate robot chopper remote


find sheep with drone, activate sheep beacon, use scare sound, sheep return, training reinforced,


lead step to sheltered location, erect portable electric fence, go to mountaintop to repair comms beacon, clean solar panels, fix fencing, remove birdsnests check for squirrel damage


another clan, something scary, intimidation, erratic retaliator? -> high level communication, trade


Major weather event


survival, highlight the village design features, wind protection, drainage, earth heat, community response, humans are rabbits, humans are wolves, the alpha to sheep, the beta to the weather, genes, and…


everyone in the giant kitchen, cooking, salting, boiling (need water heating features, giant woodstove?)


light tubes (security weakness?)


vehicles parked in the Crack, bamboo windbreaks on one side




emergency caches deep into the Garden.




what we once called the Wild is now the Garden.

pastoral 2, outline 2; the ram

the herds normally circle, spiraling out and in around the hillsmadehomes. then, when they’re ready, they sprint away like sparks

initial conflict of the solo herdsman, is he too young? disability? feels somehow obligatory, an initial rebellion

set out along the herb road, the thick tall hedges, his giant solar motorized alpha sheep (the Ram) with it’s blinking signal lights communincating with his psychedelically programmed flock.

This drive was a dash out, during calm season, trot the first 50 miles, away from more heavily grazed settlements, along the herb road, a road literally made of herbs, and build more herb road, graze, move south.


stretch herb road,planting plants from home carried on the ram, propagating at the edges, digging up plants and spreading them. weeding, harvesting tubers, cooking (cooking energy modality? rocket, twig? solar hot water?) seeding sochan and alfalfa and clover from home, plants that feed the sheep but get heavily grazed, so benefit from extra attention

hot shower

buffalo descriptions, in drips. solar slow walker, with backup biofuel?

the nightmarish training of the sheep.

flashbacks to hobbit homes?

conflict, wild cats? trained sheep attack

interactions with wild humans. Distant, peacefull guarded.

Into the wilder zones, where he patrols grazing sheep all night, sheep sleep by day in hollows and copses, the ram stretched out for solar gain.

to the cities of the river. great slaughterhouses, tanners, fiber mills, livestock yard,

buying circuit boards, circuits, wire, solder, servos – now theres the loot.

Return trip is the danger, now drone tech battle. dramatic fight scene. Dogs engage, death, damage, success.

a story of onions, walking


been growing these a while, but still perfecting the practice.

also, is a thing. 😉

productive little buggers.



a basket of babies.


putting them into flats to root. they’ll grow out here where they can get some space, then i’ll transplant them into the nursery.



7 flats from that harvest. probably at least 300 new plants. #exponentiation