This weekend, I will mostly be sanding this piece of wood

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Yeah, and next weekend too.

Sheddy Goodness

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Most of our heating is solar, but wood for winter takes up space and we don’t have much, coz our land is not far off a cliff. We can grow a good chunk of our firewood on site, but that requires space two store wood for the two years it takes to dry. We’d run …

Our house in the Dominion Post

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“Your Weekend” section, this Saturday the eleventh of May: Cheers to Lou, Cliff, Duncan, and everyone involved.

We put a slack rope up in the lounge

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…as you do, if you’re us.

Further Adventures in Time-Consuming Shelves

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One of the great joys of owning our own place is that if we what some shelves bolted to the walls, we can just bolt some shelves to the walls. One of the drawbacks of living in a beautiful house built by a master is that you really can’t be half-arsed. Just getting some plywood …

Xmas, therefore DIY

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It’s the holiday season so, in accordance with both tradition and ancient prophecy, I’m making bits of wood into bigger bits of wood.

Something about something other than the Mitochondrion, for once…

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There has been copious non-Mitochondrion making and fixing, helped by it being all sunny.

Long weekend pics post

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Our house is starting to be less of a thing we work on and more of a thing we work in. Still, there’s plenty to work on. We finished the landing above the stairs and the curtains in the spare room and then there was dancing. Or at least, stretching and plotting for dancing:

Our house, on Sciblogs

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Article on our house, at Sciblogs NZ: Building a healthy home for people and the planet And a bigger version of the pic, complete with Fire Pixie and TSROTI:

How to duckface: A guide for home handymen

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You will need a drill, spirit level, masking tape, pencil, and a tile-cutting drill bit. First, look at the instructions in horror. Find the section that claims to be written in English, sit down, read it through twice, and then scratch your head:

Random pics in lieu of actual thought

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We’ve moved offices, into the space left by the relocation of one of the odd corners of the NZ government’s security apparatus. So, 1970s decor, strange fibre-optic networking, and posters on the wall like this: Still, the view’s not too shabby, for Wellington: Work’s internet isn’t up yet, so I’ve mostly been working from home …

The Joy of Shoveling – this Saturday

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We’re officially declaring the first room in the house is done! Yup, and it’s the smallest room. We have also sorted out the aerial rigging, with a phuge ladder up one side of the main space, wire rope, pulleys, and generalised stuff for hanging off. We didn’t realise that the ladder and the main suspension …

Moved in – pics from upstairs

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We’re slowly getting our heads around the fact that we’re living in our house. It’s what we wanted, solid, durable, open, healthy, beautiful. I can’t quite say warm yet, as there remains numerous holes in walls yet to be filled, and we’re far from finished but for now, have some pics:

Moved in

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Ok, we’ve moved. Thanks to the helpful horde, from truck arriving in Newtown to truck leaving from Brooklyn was two and a half hours, which must be some kind of record for the amount of stuff we had. So cheers, all. Got the final tip run done a day early and I can now bring …

House! – Moving in two days…

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Lots done today. We have lights: We’re about to have outside stairs, down to the workshop. After this flight, the stairs turn the corner, so Cliff & Jarrod’s progress slowed somewhat: Today for me was letterbox, thirteen shelves, tidying, and helping with sanding & painting the kitchen, dining, & bathroom ceilings, and second coat of …

HAUS! – Move in 3 days…

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Ok, it’s looking like it’s all on track. Yesterday we managed stairs inside, electricity live, and the upstairs floor sanded and oiled. Remaining is water, gas, appliances, outside stairs, one more lockable outside door, and a whole host of other crap. Oh, and then packing and moving. Doable, but… Anyway, pics in a hurry:

Counting down to moving: six days

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Now we’re even more tired, but kinda just barely hanging on to being on track to move in this Sunday. We’re limewashing and trenching, and shortly to be oiling floors and building racking*, other people are wiring up, building stairs inside & out, putting in the balustrade, installing a door on the gimp cupboard, grouting …

We move in in twelve days. Oh crap.

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I’m quite tired. But one more hour of waxing in a corner will finish the downstairs floor. We have light switches. Various rooms are nearly done, or at least all they need are surface finishes: floor sanding & oiling, and such like. I’m sufficiently tired that I’ve lost grasp of the whole project, there’s just …

More floor

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We’re planning on moving into the house at the end of this month, hence we’re cracking on. The builders are back next week, so we’re trying to get the floor finished off now. Thus linseed oil. Lots of linseed oil (and fuvenusrs‘ builders crack): In other news, the green roof is working out rather well. …

Tired now

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So, today was: 1) Painting linseed oil all over the floor 2) Helping a friend home after her back scarification 3) Writing more colour cycling code I could get into this “holiday” thing. 1) We’ve been cracking on with the floor. With copious assistance, it’s progressing and we’ll break the back of it before the …