Category Archives: Appropriate technology

Beauty

To my eyes, everything that nature brings forth is beautiful. By contrast, we humans – especially in our more modern manifestations – can be responsible for quite some ugliness… especially with our more utilitarian concrete and metal constructions. One aspect … Continue reading

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Humanure revisited

Back in 2012, I was extolling the virtues of composting toilets. Our adventures with humanure have continued as… well… our first digestion box filled to the brim with goodness and the dear, brimful yellow buckets started proliferating again. This state … Continue reading

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The Wood Shed

We started the wood shed back in the summer of 2012. Martin built the basic struture out of wood from the demolition of the outbuildings and some of the old roof beams. We had loads of discussions about how to … Continue reading

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Open work weekend

August 2, 3, 4 August 2013 The raspberry canes are as high as an elephant’s eye, and bearing fruit twice daily. Everything is green and lush – a real pleasure to behold. And there are a couple of pieces of … Continue reading

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Calling all mud lovers

Hello friends! Here comes another irresistible invitation to GET DIRTY with us in Dorpsstraat…   On Friday 19 October (this Friday), Bram is coming to help us get the lime rendering onto the strawbale walls. Right now, the only extra … Continue reading

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Experimenting with the unspeakable

Back in 2011 I wrote ‘Ode to an Eco-Loo‘ after my encounter with the beatific experience of natural relief at Axladitsa-Avatakia in Greece. Wise by now in the ways of synchronicitous manifestation, I was not surprised, on my return to … Continue reading

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Straw-bale day

Well, friends, building straw bale walls is more work that you might think! In the end there were 11 of us, all told – our architect Herwig and his assistant Anne showing us what to do and working alongside us … Continue reading

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