Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Marta and Mike's place

Last Sunday we got in the car and drove about an hour away to eat pizza with a couple of friends who are also building a house. Their place is amazing - real HOMEWORK kind of stuff. Have a look at the great bottle details...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Hot Water Cold Weather

Why is it that the people who have to do any work on the roof always come when it is raining? It is completely infallible. In fact the head of the local Agricultural Cooperative has officially requested that we do lots of work on the roof over the coming few months to ease the drought situation. No, really!

Just look at that sky...The solar fellas came to install our hot water heater at last (only five months after the order...not too bad for Spain) and apart from a bit of a leak which of course was conveniently situated right on top of my battery bank and electrical thingummy, all went well. Only trouble is we haven't had any sun since last Thursday so the water is still cold. Of course we don't need it yet. Need to finish the bathroom and kitchen first.

Friday, February 15, 2008

visits from all over!

Last Saturday Blake, who was one of the original seminar attendees, came from Greece with the lovely Ariadne to pay a visit and see how the house was going. They are the very first people to actually sleep in a bed in the new house! A bit chilly as there is still a small wall to go up, but apparently a nice view to wake up to.
On Sunday at about ten, Oscar's phone rang and it was Berthus from Holland (he without whom our house would not be completing itself so soon) with his marvellous Sole (pronounced sol-eh) who were at the French border and would be arriving at about six...if that was alright...? Of course it was and they bunked down in the house too, staying until Thursday.

We love having people who have worked on the house come and see how everything has progressed, it reminds us of how much we have actually done!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

kitchen cupboards and watching the mud dry

I have been using our SOLAR ENERGY to run my power tools - so cool. Today I started one of our kitchen cupboards. This is the one where the sink goes - looking out ono the garden - and the washing machine gets shoved in the gap to the right, under the countertop. I am discovering that NOTHING in this house is square level or plumb.

And now here is a photo of mud drying. Exciting, isn't it?

Friday, February 01, 2008

testing testing...solar energy actually works!

video
which roughly translated is...

josep: ...the light on and then I go over here to the commuter switch (technical aren't we?)
and I turn the light off!
lisa: I'm going to show them ok? (clicks her light switch on)
josep: I turn the light on...and I turn the light off.

followed by slightly hysterical yet completely jubilant laughter.