a fleeting glimpse.

today is one of those rare times, when one can see a thing in the middle of a transformation, from one almost permanent state to another. between those two states another one is revealed, and the only thing that can capture this is a photo. or a drone shot. yesterday the guys removed the scaffolding,…

shades of white.

now all our internal walls are up, and as of this week, finished to near perfection, it is time for some colour. disappointingly perhaps, on most surfaces this colour will be white, which contains, physically, all colours, but could be seen as a bit of a cop out when it comes to design choice. fair…

perspective.

things are progressing well: the plasterer is applying the third (and last) coat to all the plaster walls and suspended ceilings, and the renderers have been back to finish the internal walls (i think there may be some buts & pieces left), plus an external ‘trial’ bit, so we could see what it would be…

water ways.

living on top of a hill (it’s only 60m above sea level, but still) has its perks. since we moved here we have seen the george river inundate the flood plain below on a number of occasions, and the causeway had to be closed several times as well. around our new home we have been…

coverup.

it’s raining. all the time. really hard, actually. i guess this is why the renderers have decided to delay someone else’s job to come and work on our house instead. strictly inside, of course. it’s far too wet outside. inside, too: apparently we had a bit of a water feature going on inside our new…

needs more duct tape?

there is the rule that if something can’t be fixed with duct tape … you’re not using enough duct tape. so we went a little feral, but i’m sure this is fine. so here’s our duct-tape-guerilla-rig of a stormwater pipe re-direction designed to fill the firefighting water tank – the combined 48,000 liter of rain…

blink & you miss it.

things are moving really fast now, which, given how much of a random walk building projects seem to be, will likely mean they’ll slow down even faster in the near future. but hey, one can only keep one’s fingers crossed and hope, right? i spent today moving a whole bunch of really large rocks into…

tidying up – a bit.

things are starting to shape up inside the house: all the cavity slider cavities are in place, doorways and required bracing have been installed, and most of the tools and materials are now being stored in the house, rather than in unsightly stacks around it. as a result the container has moved on to bigger…

eviction.

we love our local wildlife, we really do. we even have a plaque to proof it. but, and i say this in the nicest possible way, we really do not appreciate it when they move into our home before we had a chance to do so. and as cute as possums are (although many people…

wrapping up.

when we talk about our hemp house, we mean that about two thirds of the circumference (maybe a bit more) are made using hemp walls. the central part is not; the main reason for that was the fact that this part, the living room, has very little wall to begin with. it’s mostly massive windows…

down the hill.

we had a lot of rain recently. i’m not sure whether this is already due to the third la nina season in a row, climate change, or just sheer luck, but the shed water tanks are almost entirely full, despite all the water we used up to mix the hemp & to clean the equipment.…