Sunday, 29 June 2008


I haven't written anything for a while - at least, not on this blog.
I think I've been in a vacuum - planning went in....and like getting pregnant, there's not a great deal you can do until the times up!

I think this feeling of doldrums is a result of much head bashing against various brick walls - when you try and do something unusual people try to put barriers in your path. Using ancient build techniques shouldn't be like that....but it generally is, people are too happy to point out all the negatives.

This week we had a meeting with our lovely builder - and it looks like we could have a start date...planning permitting....and a lot of other things permitting.
We have speeded things up by spurning straw - a big and unpleasant choice to have to make - but given the choice of building this year or waiting yet another year, green 'sips' panels have won the day.

The Husband has researched some wizzy materials, so I hope when we discuss this next week with the builder he agrees that they are suitable.

Also next's the visit from the planning's  a big week ahead!

Friday, 6 June 2008


Planning - just the word makes our shoulders slope and make involuntary groaning noises...but somehow we've inflicted this process on ourselves for the second time in a year.

Having gone through this trauma once, we got to the end of the process, stood back and discovered that in the process we had been so diverted from our original desire that the end result was unrecognisable - which, quite frankly is a surprise given that we both know our minds and know how to present ideas to other people. 
It's just that in the pit of sticky goo of hiring Architects, Engineers and the influence of a planning officer who has their own's very easy to be pushed and shoved in a rather different direction.

We got our planning approved.... then felt huge sadness, that we had ended up with something so compromised, that building something so flawed would irritate us for ever more. 

So, we took a deep breath, re-grouped, re-designed, re-drew. 
Having put our revised application in, we sit back, exhausted, and hope that we are lucky enough to have our plans approved again - this time without all the enforced compromises from planning, and building regs.

By the end of the Summer we will discover if our green dream is possible. Here's hoping!