Pennsic photos (mostly of the kitchen)

Last year I posted pictures of our new kitchen trailer, but (1) I failed to take interior pictures at Pennsic and (2) we've made some improvements in the last year. So here are some more pictures from this year.

Here's an overview taken from in front of the trailer, and a closer view of the back right corner. We had the chalkboard cover on the one fridge last year (for recording what communal food is where); the decorative curtains hiding the storage area above the fridges, and the spice rack, are new this year. Also, those two orange five-gallon water jugs near the floor on the one side? We'll get back to those. Last year they were on a counter.

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Here are closer views of the two sides. Those boxes you see on the shelves hold people's personal food, so that people walking by don't see boxes of pop-tarts and bags of potato chips and stuff through the windows. The counter usually didn't have that much stuff on it; I think someone had just arrived (or come back from shopping).

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That amazing ceiling is new; last year we had exposed insulation. As you can see, we still have some kinks to work out in the "fastening" department. The panels are painted cloth and we thought the magnets we bought would do the job (the framing on the trailer is all metal). They weren't strong enough, so we tried adding Velcro, but it was a field repair and, well, you know how those go. We'll fix this for next year.

Here's a close-up of one of the ceiling panels, and a model for reference.

painted sky with clouds

actual clouds through a window

In case you're wondering about the writing on the tops of the walls right below the ceiling... we haven't decided what to paint up there yet, so we painted them with whiteboard paint and had dry-erase markers on hand. Doodles and graffiti...happened.

Here's an exterior picture, taken from inside our camp. You can see two solar panels that follow the curve of the roof; they're really thin, and flexible. That's an upgrade from last year, because mounting large, heavy, rigid solar panels on a curved roof wasn't fun.

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Remember those water jugs inside? Another of this year's improvements was the "water shrine": the spigots you see in the second picture here connect to those jugs, so you can get water more easily. The jugs are on a shelf with casters to make pulling them out to refill easier. Eventually there will be some sort of art on the insides of the doors, hence "shrine" -- people were thinking something like reliquaries, but secular to satisfy religious needs in camp.

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Here's a picture of the front, and one with a human for scale.

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The older solar panels went onto the roof of our gaming parlor aka pub aka scribal room (for doing arts that need to be protected from wind and the elements). This was improvised this year and we'll figure out something better next year. By doubling our power we were able to charge even larger devices like one camp member's electric scooter and another's CPAP machine.

To the right of the pub is our shower, which we rebuilt this year including making a new stained-glass window of Poly. (That's a bottle of shampoo and a towel that she's holding.)

Polyhymnia, muse of musicians

We got pilgrims one afternoon. They sang pilgrim songs in the road and we invited them in to visit our shrine (i.e. refill their mugs).

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This has been a very wet year and our block is one of the ones that has problems with that. The Coopers redug a small drainage ditch along the road and two through the center of the block. But even so, it didn't take much rain to cause big mud puddles.

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(Cropping the second one would make a better picture, but I kept the bucket, which is covering the jack on the hitch of my house's trailer, to show how close in we had to put things. We didn't have the option to just set everything back several feet from the mud-prone road.)

Not all weather was bad, though, and we got some beautiful sunsets.

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