Quick picture post, from a very chilled out weekend in Takaka

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The smallest airliner in the world: Heidi’s yurt: Wharariki beach. The rocks erode away to make passages through at sea level: Bridge with a seat in the middle at the Tui Community: From an earth roundhouse: Coming back over the Marlborough Sounds:

We’ll not be working on the house this weekend

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… coz Andrea has a gig and I need a break. This is possibly the first weekend of not working on the house since forever, and that’s a while ago. Plastered more over the last two days while the Jarrods were laying the floor upstairs. Macrocarpa, tongue & groove, it looks quite nice. Tiler will …

Earth plastering

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This weekend, our friends came over and made a mess all over our walls. Err… thanks. This one looks rather embarrassed to have been caught making such a mess: And there’ll be more to do next weekend. Hell, now’s the time to use up all the holiday I’ve saved for just this. So I’ll be …

How to make earth plaster

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Last weekend we trialled the earth plaster and made up a heap this weekend. This is pretty simple stuff, clay and paper and water and that’s it. Of course, it’s got to be the right kind of clay, and the paper needs to soak just so, and the water needs to be the right amount …

Baby doll sheep

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So far, the multi-headed national e-conference on sustainability is going well. Most interesting talk that I’ll mention here concerns replacing diesel mowers with sheep on wineries. They have to be short so they eat the grass, not the grapes and vines. Hence: Yealands Estate Winery introduces baby doll sheep Apparently one round with the mower …

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I can’t attend the funeral today, am hosting a conference and I think they’d notice if I nicked out. Look after each other, ok?

Earth plastering, this weekend (and for quite a few after that)

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This weekend we’re going to be making a start on the earth plastering. From the Earth Bag Building blog. We’re not doing it quite like that, coz we’ve different earth. So come along, get dirty, and put some earth on some walls. Or make up some more earth plaster. Or just help with digging. Either …

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Someone I know says: “If it helps at all, I can tell you for sure, that when I did a similar thing, there was not anything that my friends or family did or could have done, that caused it, or that would have prevented it. Some crap happened, but the real problem was how I …

A request of the kind I don’t usually make, because Shaun has cancer

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Shaun Oshman is one of those positive, keen, open, friendly guys. In fact, he’s such a nice guy that I’m pretty sure he does it deliberately, just to make me feel bad about being such a grumpy bastard.* While he was teaching in Wellington, he met Annabel Reader, who some of you know from circus, …

ICU visiting hours:

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The notice in the ICU says: After 10.30 am And not 4-5 pm, 7-8, or 9-10.

Earth plastering next weekend

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I know many of you have offered to help with the earth plastering for the inside walls of the house. Here’s advance warning that we should be getting on to it next weekend. Come along, it’ll be a wonderfully tactile experience (by which I mean messy). This weekend, I’ll mostly be preparing plaster and maybe …

The first green roof on a house in Wellington

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So this weekend, we (meaning tieke, myself, and a veritable horde of helpers) moved nine cubic metres of soil up two storeys onto the roof, spread it, leveled it, and made a good start on the planting. Look, there’s a Ranty Dave: And then you spread the earth across the drainage mat on the roof. …