Monthly Archives: May 2014

Open Source Hardware: Wonderful!

A really interesting person, Lars Zimmermann, came to the course and gave a lecture about open source hardware, not software. You may know about it already but it is a great and huge subject and one that more people should

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A fantastic day out! Part 2

After visiting the sites where the German Government plan to store nuclear waste, which I talked about in part 1, we went to a bio gas digester plant. It doesn’t sound that interesting but it was great.      

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A fantastic day out! Part 1

Last Thursday we all got on a coach at 8am and headed out to Wendland. There was so much to see that I am writing about the day in two  parts. The first stop  was a local energy co-operative that

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Painting Sandra’s Bathroom!

We painted Sandra’s bathroom using natural paint. The recipe for the paint is in an earlier blog. The bathroom was built by Martin and is a load bearing straw bale dome. It is covered in the most beautiful mosiacs which

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Some Ditties…

We have had the occasion to write poetry. Here is my effort: Guess what it is about! A New Tale… What is the house was raised on stone What if the house was staked every fourth row What if the

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The 12 Principles of Traditional Building

I have just read an article by Mathew Hardy about the principles shared by traditional buildings. New buildings should incorporate what we have learnt  from traditional  buildings. These have stood the test of time and  can be said to be

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Straw bale messing with Harry…

Finally we got chance to work with a great straw able builder, Harry. He has been building for a number of years and worked on the first straw bale  building at Sieban Linden called Stropolis. This was the building that

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