Thursday, March 08, 2007

Early Spring

The last entry about the first Dutch seminar brings us back to May 2006 which is the first entry I made here so I will just get on with it now.

After an almost non-existant winter we have been enjoying a very early spring complete with blossom, broad beans and maddening strong winds which have already knocked over a good lot of blue bottles we were saving for the bottle work. Bother.

Our operable windows are on show here, together with the finished skylights, Oscar's stone wallfront and his marvellous rendering on the parapet wall. Have also included a panorama from the Oven to the House in the afternoon sun .

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Archive 3 - the Nederlanders and Seminar 2

After the Americans left we had one finished tyre U, half a can/bottle U and the beginnings of a third tyre room. Oscar and various friends and visitors (we regularly get calls from people all over the place ringing up and asking if they can visit - they can, they do and they usually get roped into doing something on the house...) worked on and off over the winter on the tyres and by June 2005 we had this:

Then a group of six people from the Netherlands came down for a two week workshop/camp out and we ended up with all the tyre work finished and the bond beam started. Berthus and Douwe had come to the American Seminar and it was nice to have them both back on a more intimate footing. Theo is Berthus' brother and the main instigator of the workshop, he got the ball rolling and sort of organized everything. Toon and Saskia came together with Saskia's daughter Wiske who was the same age as Carla. It was right proper fun with such a small group of really energetic and enthusiastic people. We worked in the mornings then went to the canal for a swim before lunch. Everybody had the afternoons free to do whatever. By then we had also completed the bathroom and the oven so everybody could shower and roast all they wanted. Great group - great fortnight and HEAPS done on the house. It started looking as if it might one day get finished.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Archive 2 - The Americans and seminar number 1

In April 2004, Mike Reynolds (Mr Earthship himself) and a crew of his family and friends from the company came over to get our house started and things earthship moving in Europe with the first international hands-on seminar. As it was the first, there were glitches all over the place but for us at least, it was a brilliant, through stressful two weeks. So much energy and good humour went into everything.
People from about 12 different countries came for three day workshops of morning theory classes and afternoon tyre pounding, bottle laying etc. Some thought that the $500 they paid for this was a bit exorbitant and I tend to agree, but that's what the Americans asked for so I guess that's what they got. Everything is just so BIG over there, including fridges and weekend seminar fees.
Anyway, we had a very productive couple of weeks with beer-a-plenty, singsong dinners with Mike and Oscar and mud up to our necks. People were fantastic and although the weather let us down a bit, it was a great way to get started. Here's to the first seminar and everybody who came to help!