Build it yourself

just one example of a hose but not a template


When did we request that houses should look similar? If we are wearing a new exclusive garment at a party and someone walks in wearing the same thing we hate it. So why do we buy house designs that look like our neighbours?


An ever increasing amount of the built environment is ‘put together’ in a modular ‘lego’ manner. This is the same for offices, factories and housing. The result is that you can often be in the suburbs of one city and not recognise it from another.

It’s hard enough to ensure the environment is treated with care and attention to local conditions, both societal and natural, but when one local condition mirrors the next, nothing feels that unique and special.

So long as a plan works, it might not feel so bad being ‘slotted in’ to it. But for when plans goes wrong, and this has been known, we need to be able to improvise thus know how to flex both in mind and body. At the HoBB, we work around the unexpected and encourage our friends to experience working with us. We delight in getting a lot more jobs done, we create fine food, and everyone enjoys the good company.

It’s also a good opportunity to get out into the country and see the stars at night, to have chats in the kitchen and ideas round the fireside. There’s every truth in the saying that ‘many hands make light work’ and we have plenty of artistic projects to have fun with every year so let us know when you are fit for the challenge and come and see us.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant

Undercover Earth and Slug Slime Computers

Undercover Earth and Slug Slime ComputersBy using plants and materials found locally, our roots stay undercover and we limit the growth of invasive plants. Anyone who likes nature will understand why we allow nature to grow alongside the more cultivated plant species we grow.

Every plant plays its part and though we always curse at the number of thistles, nettles, creeping buttercup and dandelion we grow, nothing is presently dominating the garden to such an extent that we deem it a total nuisance.

We compost the weed roots collected, so they eventually end up nourishing the trees, bushes and grasses and we have been given some useful ground cover plants – these are gradually working through the beds and features but , ‘at their own pace’ till they find their balance.

I designed and commissioned a rotary sieve which works faster than one operator can feed it. This can separate out stone from soil, tumble earth from weed plants and will eventually, with some modification, grade soils.

The stones it sieves go to make up paths and also soil cover to dissuade seeds and confuse slugs and snails. Although I read that their slime trails are ‘seeded’ with chemicals that accurately communicate to slugs that cross, where the best local eating places can be found. In all seriousness, if such a system for recording information can be developed for super computers, its goodbye Mr (Silicon) chips. However, I seem to remember some scientist suggesting the possibility of massive biological computers and being the only one to have consistently positive results from his own experiments – I hope the media wait for corroborated evidence this time before going gaga about slug slime.

If any research wants to come to HoBB Real and collect slugs, they are most welcome