Category Archives: The Build

The kitchen story

As soon as work stopped (suspended by lack of funds) on our new living space, we moved in and started living there anyway. As my mother always used to say, contemplating small nooks and crannies in the family’s holiday cottage … Continue reading

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Adding rooms

With the approach of the summer and my imminent move – downsizing to a smaller space in Brussels with the departure of my children to study abroad and transferring my cats and some of my furniture to Ransberg – it … 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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Transformation under the eaves

I’ve been remiss in telling the story of the renovation going on inside the house. It turns out that this kind of blogging is time consuming and I’ve not been as disciplined (or is it motivated?) as I fondly imagined … 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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