Month: September 2009

New bed

Somewhat in anticipation of being able to take up residence we've bought a great new bed for the barn. King sized, so an extra six inches for the baby to spread out in during the middle of the night whilst his mother and I teeter at opposite edges of the bed. Ours is a Snowdon organic mattress handmade in Wales and 100% organic (organic cotton and sheeps wool). We also invested in a hardwood bed frame which complements both the mattress and the room that the bed is in perfectly. There were two factors that influenced this purchase, firstly the…
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Island Micro Grid

Whilst way beyond my own humble aspirations for energy self sufficiency, the fantastically named Island Micro Grid just commissioned at the Centre for Alternative Technology is an interesting development. I was shocked to read: The developed world’s centralised electricity system wastes around 65% of energy through heat loss in power stations and transmission lines, before reaching our homes. How wasteful! And what a great reason to consider and for governments to encourage local energy generation. An Island Micro Grid is a way to connect together diverse electricity generation technologies (wind, hydro, photovoltaic etc.) and to use generated power locally rather…
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Building Progress ~ August 2009

The rainy damp Summer of 2009 continues ... damply ... I've completed regrouting the grubby bathroom tiling at long last. I've not fully cleaned them yet as I'm trying to avoid spending any more time on tiles at least for the next few weeks. The travertine floors downstairs have been completed and look great. I'll publish some more pictures as and when we get it things a bit more shipshape - the sink is currently in the middle of the living area having been moved out of the way to allow tiling in the kitchen. I've made a slow start…
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As I've already mentioned I bought a chandelier from Scavengers. It looked great on the web: My Chandelier Not too fancy (if that can be said of any chandelier and I think I'm having second thoughts on that one), classy (well I thought it was when I bought it) and in pretty good condition. When it arrived, well packaged but obviously traumatised from a boisterous journey that condition had somewhat deteriorated. Now the crystals have mainly come off their fixings and I'd sure the metal body of the chandelier has a slight twist in it (that wasn't there on the…
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Lammas ecovillage update

I wrote about the Lammas ecovillage back at the start of the year. At the time, I aired my feelings of ethical support, but real-world unease. Now things have moved on and the development has been granted planning permission not by local planners, but in an act of centralised government colonialism, by the Welsh Assembly Government, against the wishes of local politicians and residents. "The local MP, the county council, the AM and most importantly the local residents, were all against it and yet the Welsh Assembly has come in and just ridden roughshod over everyone's concerns." Preseli Pembrokeshire AM…
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