My aim with this project is to live a more healthy, ecological, low consumption lifestyle. I bought the property in July 2012 and am slowly renovating the house using ecological materials and methods where possible and have started to grow food. Ideas for the future include planting a forest garden and creating an association to encourage a low impact lifestyle.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
help ex - Indi and Charlie
Indi and Charlie arrived a couple of days ago - a young couple who have been travelling around Europe visiting and volunteering on eco-communities. Both are interested in philosophy, ecology and spirituality and so far it has been a rich exchange of ideas.
Insulating the stair wall with a thermal corrector
The first project they are tackling here is insulating the stair wall. We are using a thermal corrector rather than the 20cm of terre paille (straw and slip) here as there is not much width on the stairs to spare. This consists of a mix of one volume of chopped up straw (average fibre lengths 10cm), one volume of sand 0/4 and one volume of soaked clay earth. It is called a thermal corrector rather than an insulation layer ... all mixed in the concrete mixer.
Charlie uses the lawnmower to chop up straw
Indi prepares the straw
Indi loads the thermal corrector mix into buckets
before applying to the wall
Indi applies the thermal corrector mix to
the wall with her hands
Charlie and Indi applying the thermal
corrector render to the stair wall
Applying an earth render (corps d'enduit) to the terre paille insulation
Charlie applies the corps d'enduit to the
terre paille insulation
Indi applying the corps d'enduit earth
render to the downstairs wall
Cooking at La Mariais
Indi spent a day perusing my collection of vegetariancookery books and planned a menu for the week