We had a great summer and are starting to wind down for the cold season. We had several interns this summer and we appreciate all their help. Peggy was our intern supervisor (with some help from Karen). Some of the interns were Magda (who was here for just about the whole summer), Simone, Lili, Harriet, John, Katie, and then Niall later in the summer. Niall just left the weekend after Thanksgiving, and now we're down to just Regina, who is working with the homeschoolers in the open classroom.
The big news around Heathcote these days is that the Farmhouse is empty and we're looking for new members to fill it. It's a large comfortable house with 5 bedrooms: 3 upstairs (perfect for a family) and 2 downstairs. If you know of anyone who might be interested in living in community, please refer them to us.
The strawbale building is coming along. Current estimates are that it will be finished in the Fall of '07. There was a race to get the rest of the straw bales covered before the cold weather hit, but it turned out to be a milder winter than expected and Dominic was able to get it finished up with some help from Angela. Now the work continues on the inside, with mud plastering and drywall going in. We are still looking for natural building interns for the Spring, and we will have at least one more natural building workshop (although the date is still up in the air). You can watch the progress by looking at pictures in our Photo Gallery. If you're on our natural building email list you'll be contacted on a regular basis with construction and workshop updates.
The strawbale building is progressing nicely. Many of the doors and windows are in, there are two coats of earthen plaster on the inside, and the lime plaster is going up on the outside. We've had three of our natural building workshops so far, with a fourth scheduled for the first weekend of August. We've currently got four interns working on plastering (Philip, Brian, Peggy, and Kim) and three more (Luke, Danny, and John) that were here earlier this Spring but have moved on. Dominic, one of our new provisional members, is working with the interns as the intern coordinator, and our neighbor Brian has taken over from Michael as the general contractor. You can watch the progress by looking at pictures in our Photo Gallery. If you're on our natural building email list you'll be contacted on a regular basis with construction and workshop updates.
Our new strawbale building is almost starting to look like a home! Well OK, it still doesn't have any doors or windows yet, now that the strawbales are in place in the walls, you can start to imagine what it'll look like when it's done. You can watch the progress by looking at pictures in our Photo Gallery. We've got one intern, John, working on it along with Michael and Brian, and we've got a couple more interns scheduled to start once the weather gets a little bit warmer. The first natural building workshop, focusing on the strawbale walls, happened in February and went really well. It was a popular event - we had about 25 people and had to turn a few away due to space limitations. The next workshop will focus on earthen plaster on May 13 & 14. If you're on our natural building email list you'll be contacted on a regular basis with construction and workshop updates.