As the season progresses, our home here is coming back to life, as the focus switches from keeping warm to any number of projects and activities. Now when the weather is nice, everyone is outside, working on building projects, gardening, etc. It feels good to know winter is coming to a close, with the rest of the year waiting for us behind it. I’ve been putting in a lot of hours at the dairy where I work, but on my days off I’ve been focusing on finishing the second story of the cob house, cobbing in the rafters and getting the room ready to plaster. All the cob is almost finished, and I hope to be able to plaster within the next week!
The weather on Friday was still a bit chilly, so Noel volunteered to do all the foot mixing, while I sat on the balcony and watched, my feet warm and safe inside my boots…
Since Noel mixed the cob, I built with it, closing the gaps around the rafters. Its been months since my hands have got to experience the sensation of working with cob, and I had almost forgotten just how much I love it…the deep satisfaction that comes from working with my hands.
Here you can see how much nicer the roundwood rafters look once they’re surrounded by the cob wall. All the darker brown cob above the window is the fresh stuff.
So, now there is a new object in view from the balcony of the cob house. Can you see something in the background, between the stump and the cob house?
Our friends Julia and Ben are building a tiny cabin, mainly out of salvaged materials and roundwood harvested from the woods here. Its looking so cute that I can’t resist posting some pictures of it! Designed to be low-cost and quickly built, most of the work has been over the last month, with hardly any money spent on materials.