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No straw bale building this year

I tried, I really tried, but wasn”t able to finish my straw bale building. To be more specific, I even wasn’t able to really start the building process.

I might say that it’s not my fault, as the people who promised to help me couldn’t find the time when I needed them the most. But since I wanted to have it built, I should make sure that everything (and everyone) is in the right place.

The straw bales are now getting more and more wet on the ground, though I covered them with large polypropylene tarpaulin. Since we had first snow this winter three weeks ago and two short periods of above-freezing temperatures, the tarp is surely not enough to protect the straw from moisture.

So I suppose I will have to buy more straw the following year and use this straw for mulching. 🙂

My off-grid goals for the next two years

Soon it will be two years since I started this blog. I am still living on-grid, using electrical power supplied by coal-burning power plants (most of which is probably produced in Bełchatów Power Plant — the largest thermal power plant in Europe and the second largest in the world, also the largest single carbon dioxide emitter). I only use alternative energy sources when on camping holidays, but my plans for future are vast, and I want to share those plans with you today.

This year I wanted to build a small strawbale shack. It is going to be built with straw bales and clay, using wooden posts to support the roof. I took part of a workshop this July, when we built a small strawbale building. The one we built had loadbearing walls and was a bit more difficult to build than the one I wanted on my piece of land. I wanted to build a wood frame first and then add strawbale walls and clay finish. Because of some misunderstandings, I wasn’t able to build it yet. But I can show you the one we built this summer: (more…)

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