Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Well well well

We have a well - YAY - well at least the hole is there, all 66m of it, and Nick's been running around getting the pump and pipes at good rates (he's so clever). Anyway, its a small but essential step forwards. On other fronts my oldest mate Matthew is finally getting married which completes the trio as Chris (Matt's brother) married Ra earlier this year and of course Nick and I did before we went overseas. So that's in November. I've been down with a flu for ages and ages - seriously its been about 8 weeks or more and am only just beginning to get back into the gym and things. Went last night for BodyCombat but felt pretty shakey afterwards even though I took it very slowly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Doggone it!

Check out this movie that shows what kind of dog I would be. Its part of a promo for a new movie called "". Unfortunately its not working - I'll see if I can get it going. In the meantime check out the site and find out what kind of dog YOU are.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Snowy days

Well, as we kept telling people in Europe when we were there, it usually snows at least once in Christchurch before summer kicks in, but usually in Spring - and today's the day - and what a day it is. Normally it snows a little - a wee dusting to remind us that winter's still about - but this one is thumping down and piling in drifts, falling off buildings and cars. Could be one to rival '92 maybe. Here at the library the managers are running around trying to sort out what's open, what's closed. News just came through - all libraries are closing from 11. The photo here is from about an hour ago. Now I just have to work out how to get home.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Quotes coming in

Well the quotes are coming in slowly - glacially in some cases. We've found a blocky who reckons that he'd charge us $2.50 per block to build the house but if we also contracted him to do the plastering he'd do us a special deal. Pretty good considering that some people reckoned it'd be twice that. And he came by personal recommendation - he's just replastered Nathan's house and Nathan says that he's excellent. And we finally (Nick rang while I was writing this) have the quote for the blocks themselves - its quite steep but we will investigate options like using narrower ones for internal walls and maybe doing the workshop block in normal concrete block and using the render to disguise that. One of the primary reasons that we're using the Hebel is that it has excellent insulating properties - not so important in the workshop. We had a great chat with Mike our builder who is going to oversee operations for us and it all sounds good. Windows and doors are expensive but there are always options. We're determind to use double-glazing though - although now that I think on it we can leave that out of the workshop too. We are also now investigating getting clean air credits for planting forests under the Kyoto protocols. There's not a whole lot of information out there yet as its just beginning to be an option. I suspect that you probably have to plant a lot of forest to make it work. Other people are castle building too These keen souls are building the real thing, in completely period way (including doing it all in costume) in France - Guedelon. I wonder what it is that makes us all so keen to abandon our modern lives - maybe they're not all they're cracked up to be?