Thursday, April 23, 2009

flowering front face

all of the creepers and the valerian and lavender and sage and rosemary and thyme and...well everything is in gorgeous flower on the front face. this is good, not only because they are beautiful, but also because they are watered by the dew that we collect from our roof. it runs down into our first flush pipes and then through a tap we installed into drip irrigation all along the front face rock garden that Oscar built.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


This is a picture of me sitting on the berm (the big mound of earth which buries the back of the house) at the back of the house which, as you can see is all overgrown and wonderfully green, no landslides for us!
We are looking into the world of curtains and blinds for privacy and a bit of respite from the amazing amount of light that the house is always flooded with. I have sourced some in the US which are really cool - Kirsten has them and you can see what they are like here. I love them but am afraid we will have to wait until the piggy bank gets a bit fatter. So for this summer methinks we will be hanging old sheets over the windows if we want to enjoy the obligatory siesta.

Here is a photo of the whole house taken last week in a crazy storm, you can see that the plants are beginning to cover all the bits they ought to:

The rain and hail have filled our water tanks to overflowing for the summer to come. Good.

Thursday, April 02, 2009


Well, Oscar rootled about a bit in the dirt and peat moss, and found that the moss itself was causing a build up of water, slowing the filtering process down to nought. So he dug up a strip of the stuff and replaced it with rocks and gravel. The water gushed through and I promptly did two loads of washing, no overflow. Yippee. I love it when everything actually works!