Don’t you just love days like these.
You wake up when you want to after a night of interesting dreams. Wander into the kitchen and make a great cuppa tea. Then go loll horizontal on the couch/chaise lounge/sofabed (usage is always in the eye of the beholder).
After a reasonable lolling time I went and cooked a free range chicken and a pile of vege. Sipped a glass of red wine. Emailed my brother Marc and had a good catch up. Do wander over and read his great blog – love his writing.
Had a lovely week avoiding work (did actually get some done) and spending time doing things like – pickling organic beetroot, making passatta and basil pesto and giving jars to the neighbours. Made a chocolate cake with my 4 year old neighbour – he said we were making the worlds best chocolate cake. Don’t you just love that.
Also received a few more books from Walnut Books. Another great cob building book by UK authors Kate Bryce & Adam Weismann – Building with Cob. It’s a great partner to the USA cob building book I have now – The Handsculpted House by Ianto Jones and Linda Smiley. Just waiting for the final book in the triad by a USA author Becky Bee. Also received the classic book on natural building – Shelter by Lloyd Kahn. It was written in the early 70’s and is full of really great information. I also love it because it has that 70’s book design. I have his most recent book Homework which is full of stories and information on natural building.
It’s a pain in the arse being right sometimes.
In a previous email I predicted that some friends would laugh at the idea of me building a house with my own hands – literally laugh in my face. Well, so far, all the people I predicted have laughed and teased and just been plain gobsmacked. I told them that I had predicted their responses and was looking forward to seeing how creative they could be in teasing me over the next 2 years or so.
And – as I also predicted – they will be there when I need them.
And – if I hear one more person say ‘Ireland is so wet and your mud house will just melt’ – I may have a quiet scream. They really don’t want to hear that cob houses have been built in all sorts of climates – and – if you build good foundations and overhanging roofs – then the mud won’t melt! Ah well, their cynicism and my fab optimism should meet somewhere. Regardless of what they think – I know I can depend on these people to be there when I need them. Laughing and teasing all the way.
I’ve also begun to design a database that will hold all the key websites on a pile of things to do with natural building and sustainable living. When I’ve populated it (fun database talk) I’ll make it available to anyone that wants it. Not sure if it can be added to this blog – or the one I’ll develop on my building project.
Work is at last slowing down. If I work all day tomorrow I will have finished the final 4 contracts. Then, I’m going to take the rest of the month and maybe a little of October off.
I hope your week has gone well and the week ahead holds a few treasures.
Take good care.