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Being Somewhere - Low Impact Living

Since 2003 we have been living and building on the land, working in environmental projects and community. We have found that for a few thousand pound and a few months work it is possible to create simple shelters that are in harmony with the natural landscape, ecologically sound and are a pleasure to live in. There is something powerfully alluring in such natural buildings. Their simplicity and cost makes them accessible; their beauty and use of natural materials remind us of our ancestral right and ability to live well as part of the landscape/nature/earth. We believe this dream is possible for anyone with genuine intention, will and hard work. Through this website is our best advice to inspire and assist anyone who is interested in similar ideas.

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Primary school sends children beautiful letter with exam results to say ‘there are many ways of being smart’ (even if it is a bit unoriginal) The message, included with Key Stage Two results for children at Barrowford Primary School, told them to remember that “the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything”. The letter was sent out yesterday signed jointly by the head teacher, Rachel Tomlinson, and the head of year six, Amy Birkett, and addressed directly to pupils themselves. It started being shared on Twitter this morning, and users said it should be “the first thing the new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan should read”. It champions the role of teachers over standardised testing and centralised controls over education – issues over which the now-former education chief Michael Gove was repeatedly criticised – saying: “the people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you”. She said that since the letter had been shared online by a parent, the school had been “both surprised and pleased” by an extraordinary international response.

Stormy Styles: An Indoor Thunderstorm - The Chromologist I love nothing more than a storm with raging thunder and flashes of lightening brightening up a dark sky. So, I was in my element when last week raging thunder storms swept across the UK! However, if like me, you are always a little disappointed that they never seem to last long enough, you could always try bringing a little of the storm into your own home with this quirky little interactive light by designer, Richard Clarkson The aptly named, ‘Cloud’, is a funky lamp that not only looks like a real life thunder cloud, but also doubles up as speaker system to mimic the sounds of a stormy night.

10 Homes Built from Straw Written by Ryan Hollitz | 19 December 2009 Posted in Blog - Green Building New building materials could really make your house green from the ground up! Straw! :) via [thedailygreen.com] In the classic story of the Three Little Pigs‚ a naive piglet decides to build his home out of straw, which soon gets the huff and puff treatment by a big bad wolf, resulting in the poor little pig's untimely end. Plastic Bottle Homes and Greenhouses Homes made from Plastic Bottles + Greenhouses, too! plastic bottle house plastic bottle house Eco-Tec's Ecoparque El Zamorano, Honduras. Ecological House: Constructed with 8,000 bottles with composting toilets and a solar water heating system. The green roof can weigh 30 tons when wet and has been supported by the walls without any extra reinforcement.

Photo Gallery Pat's First Cob (1998) This was Patrick's first cob project on his own after taking a one week workshop with Cob Cottage Company (CCC) in 1997. He built the foundation and then used beach logs for the frame. CCC then taught a 2 week course, after which Patrick finished the walls and roof. Tracy and Patrick did the plastering. The budget for the project was $1,000. How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time by Maria Popova “We live in a society which sees high self-esteem as a proof of well-being, but we do not want to be intimate with this admirable and desirable person.” If the odds of finding one’s soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds — even Emerson, perhaps the most eloquent champion of friendship in the English language, lived a significant portion of his life in active solitude, the very state that enabled him to produce his enduring essays and journals.

Carpenter Crafts Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks Carpenter Dave Herrle made his dreams come true - in 6 weeks he built his own beautiful woodland home for just $4,000! Herrle used plenty of savaged materials to create his secluded retreat, and once the house was completed he married the love of his life, bought a dog, and moved in. Dave Herrle worked around the clock to complete his Westbrook woodland home and become self-sufficient. He knew he wanted to live in the forest since after realizing the “benefits of simplicity” while hiking along the Appalachian Trail. His fiancée shared this dream, so he committed himself to build this woodland home in only 6 weeks. Related: Couple Leave Their Jobs to Build a Love Nest From Recycled Windows

The Case for Green Building in a Maturing Market The motivations and factors leading to the implementation of green building practices can be quite diverse relative to a client’s overall facility and organization objectives. In the recently completed Opening the Door to Green Building study (a market perception study conducted by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC and Sustainable Rhythm), participants were asked “How well do you think the case for green building is being made around the following concepts?” The concepts focused on the market, competitive advantage, energy costs/return on investment and environmental concern. The strongest resonating arguments in the market were for energy efficiency by a wide margin

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