Straw bale on the BBC

Straw bale on the BBC

It’s always good to see any news on straw bale building, but it’s normally resigned to the likes of Grand Designs or YouTube channels, so when I first heard the report on Radio 4 and then read further on the BBC website about a couple of straw bale houses going up for sale in Bristol … Continue reading

A busy week

A busy week

Well I should say three days, as my brother in-law and two nephews turned up on Thursday to help out on the cold and neglected upstairs! Of course I had pottered about early in the week finishing many small jobs that remain on the ground floor; finishing the bathroom door frame, putting a few more touches … Continue reading

The missing photo

The missing photo

I suddenly realised that I didn’t add a crucial photo to my last post, a picture of the curved wall! Now whilst I could wait until my next post, I thought I would do a quick post now as I have the time and the inclination. You may also notice the bricks on the floor, … Continue reading

Filling in the gaps

Filling in the gaps

As I reported in a recent post, it is extremely important to fill in the gaps between windows doors and framework of the building to keep out the drafts especially when the east wind blows. However I thought it equally important to fill in some of the gaps I left in my absence from blogging, … Continue reading

Two out of three aint bad

Two out of three aint bad

Was that the title of the song or the line I can remember? Either way this is not a post about music or food. You may remember that I was running a tight schedule to try and get a few things finished for Gosias names day last weekend (18th Jan)? Well the news is that … Continue reading

Potatoes and eggs

Potatoes and eggs

It’s clearly blood from a fresh kill in the picture, which has nothing to do with this post, but a picture of Malina is bound to get more readers than a picture of a spud or an egg for that matter :) When I first worked in Jersey, as an excavator of tubers of the … Continue reading

The great God of Thaw!

The great God of Thaw!

No crash of thunder or flash of lightening; no, just a gentle warming, trickle of water and a chance to see the grass again below the snow. I like Thaw, he’s a nice God, and he came to visit us three days ago. After our first imprisonment this year, we were finally released from a seven day lock … Continue reading

Burning down the house

Burning down the house

No, nothing to do with the 80’s classic from the Talking Heads, nor the last desperate act of a father on the brink, it’s just that it’s rather cold and we ran out of wood! But before you worry too much its not the house we are living in that we are torching, despite what … Continue reading

Vampire update

Vampire update

in Well I said I would update you once I had tested out the wooden stakes and so far they are holding, as expected! I wish I had pictures of this old handmade cup holder before we smartened it up a bit. We found it in a friends barn along with some other bits and … Continue reading

A couple of pointers

A couple of pointers

Having recently discovered Malina with her jaws clamped firmly around a teddy bears neck, not to mention her demands for black pudding and other blood rich foods, names of which I can’t think of at the moment, we have finally accepted the fact that she is probably a vampire. Conscious that these things can quickly … Continue reading

Eight buckets!

Eight buckets!

No Gold rings, partridges or turtle doves, and whilst the maids a milking may have brought them I was only left with the eight buckets, that’s what my true love got me for Christmas! With a capacity of 20 Litres, standing 33 cm tall and 33cm in diameter, not to mention the snap close, air … Continue reading

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

First of all, thank you to those of you who have sent me messages to make sure we are all ok and offered words of support. We are all very well thank you. We moved into the house on the 30th of November and with a bit of self motivation I hope to start blogging again soon. … Continue reading

A picture post

A picture post

 As the title implies my camera and computer bumped into each other after a short time apart, so it was nice to catch up.

It’s tree time

It’s tree time

Very last minute I know, in fact I may not make the cut by the time I have published, but here it is, my tree update. There’s nothing like a schedule to make you realise how fast time goes, and believe me it’s going fast, I must be having fun! The beech has clearly decided … Continue reading

That was the month that was

That was the month that was

I just had a quick look at last Aprils posts to see what the weather was like and it looks like we had a good spell then as well, although we had a fair amount of snow in the first couple of weeks , so this is definitely a better start to the season. This … Continue reading

Drip, drip drop, little April STORMS!

Drip, drip drop, little April STORMS!

As the temperatures stretch into the mid twenties and beyond the site has become a time lapse photographers dream; people come and go in their vehicles loaded with materials, friends and observers pop in to help and say ‘Hi’ and the landscape around us and in the distance is transformed into neat rows of hope. … Continue reading

Now where did that tree go?

Now where did that tree go?

A bit of a hurried post I’m afraid, babies and building are top of my list of things to do at the moment, although I did stop to take a few shots and take a closer look at my beech sapling, my ‘tree following’ subject. Unfortunately it looks like the damage from the deer or … Continue reading

‘C’mon Jack’

‘C’mon Jack’

From the house I walk down towards the barn, only 250m or so on a slight decline, but on the way back up it can be a challenge; especially after a long day or on the third trip to retrieve something you have forgotten from the barn! I can’t help but notice all the sprouting … Continue reading

I’m following a tree

I’m following a tree

Tired of following other blogs? Looking for some excitement and purpose in your life, have a camera and two minutes of free time once a month? Then you need to follow a tree as suggested by our friends  over at the provocatively named Loose and Leafy! Solarbeez first brought my attention to it and I … Continue reading