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Friday, 20 April 2018

House Update: Marking Out

So the 16th came this week, the day we can finally make a start on building our dream home!

Making a start marking out

Now ordinarily this would be a fairly straight forward and simple task.....but not for us! As you may know, the Straw Bale House we are building is in the shape of an almond flower, which meant that trying to mark it out required a masters degree in Geometry!

Geometry at its best

Luckily our Spanish architects (Myriam and Joan, pictured above) are both such amazing people, really hands on and as passionate about sustainable building as we are, we would not have been able to even get this far without them.

The kids helping out with the work

We think it's important to involve the kids as much as possible so they were both there to help with the work on the big first day :) It's great to think tht as they grow up they will remember building a house with their own hands alongside Mommy and Daddy, Nanny and Grandad.

Almond flower shaped house

Now that it is all marked out We're just waiting on prices back from the digger man so we can get started on the foundations. The foundations will be concrete with bamboo and hemp fibres for reinforcement, next will come the wooden frame and the straw bales for the walls.

foundations marked out

It may not look like much right now but it feels so incredible that after almost 2 years of waiting for paperwork and doing hurdles over red tape we can finally start to see the dreams turning into reality on our beautiful plot of land beneath the mountains.


Thanks for stopping by once again for Five on Friday, We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Five on Friday the 13th!

It's a spooky themed post this week since today is Friday the 13th!

Are you superstitious? or is Friday the 13th just another day to you?

Strangely in Spanish speaking countries it is actually Tuesday the 13th that is considered the unluckiest day.

While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.
Despite this some say the origin of the superstition goes back to Friday 13th October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar, going on to torture and execute the majority of the order and strip them of all their assets by the order of the Pope.

As a biker for me the number 13 is actually a lucky number, in my club every member wears the number 13 in a diamond patch on their vest.

Creepy Kooky Mysterious and Spooky! 

In keeping with our spooky theme I thought I'd start by sharing a picture of the Addams Family patch and pin from our store , both of them actually glow in the dark!

Next up is a small offering bowl I made this week with the words "House Wight" burnt in Norse runes

House Wight Offering Bowl
Our ancestors knew there are nature spirits all around us. The land wights are ancient guardians of their native lands. All places on earth have native vættir, and when humans come along and build their home in an area either an ancestral wight or a local land-wight will take up residence with them as a House Wight. House Wights can be identified with the brownies and boggarts of English folklore and the tomten of Scandinavian folklore.
If your House Wight is kept happy they will bring you good luck and prosperity, but if they are hostile you will be fraught with ill fortune. To ensure your House Wight is a friend and ally consider honouring them with gifts or offerings. Treat them with the respect they deserve and they will look after your hearth and home and shower you with their blessings :)


Handmade Custom Athame
This week the one of a kind Athame I mentioned making has finally arrived at its forever home in the USA. An Athame is a normally black handled knife used for ritual magic by witchcraft practitioners.  I love being able to make items that are treasured by their new owners so I hope to get more commissions for spiritual items like this in the future.

I've been spending a lot of time and energy on Instagram recently trying to grow my following and showcase the things I make to a wider audience. I find the community on Instagram massively more positive that Facebook, which I can barely stand logging in to anymore now that it seems to be a platform for people to constantly complain on. Asides from getting some weird and wonderful requests via Instagram I have also had one of the users on there send me some of my own photos that he had edited! here is an example of one of them:

Tricky the Lion Heart
Of course I was flattered that he had used one of my images for his artwork, although I would have chosen a wolf for the background of course!

I'll end with the highlight of my week which was Monday when I decided to skive off work for the day and spent the entire day out in the mountains with a buddy and our kids.


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Teaching the Ways of the Wild
 I love nothing more than taking the kids out and teaching them the ways of the wild. We shot catapults, built a fire, made charcoal and used it for warpaint, filtered water from a natural font, followed animal tracks, found wild boar bones and taught the kids tons of different edible and medicinal plants along the way. I guess I'll have to knuckle down and try to catch up with work, but totally it was worth it!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend, Thanks for stopping by once again for Five on Friday

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Friday, 6 April 2018

The Land - Progress

Welcome back for another Five on Friday!

How could I give up hosting Five on Friday when things are finally getting exciting?

As you know, the Town Hall has finally given us the green light to start building our dream home. We can legally start building on the 16th of April, so to prepare the land a little ahead of time we got a local digger man to come in and clear the ground so we can mark out the foundations of our Almond flower house.

Preparing the land for work
It made no sense to clear the land ourselves by hand, it would have been back breaking work and taken us weeks, our digger man Juan cleared it all in a few hours and was well worth the small amount it cost us.

Clearing the ground ready for building
It feels incredible that after all this time and all the money we have spent on the land, architects and town hall fees that FINALLY something is happening and we will have something to show for all the stress and expense!

Land cleared and ready for building!
Our next step now will be to mark out the foundations. Of course this will not be anywhere near as easy as it sounds since rather than a nice neat and tidy square we are building a house in the shape of a flower. I do feel sorry for Juan who will have to come back to excavate our crazy shaped footings!

We all decided to take a trip to the land and get our very first family photo together standing in the spot where our dream home will soon be:

Fastblog Family Photo
While we were on the land we could see most of the trees have finished blossoming now and are already busy making this years almonds. It seemed symbolic to see the new life coming to fruition within the land just as our plans for our new life are starting to develop also :)

New life is happening all around
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