Do it yourself roof thatching

Do it yourself roof thatchingHave you ever built and thatched a roof or wished to have a go? We’re going to have a go one summer as we like the look of thatched buildings.

Starting small, the Tank House (see picture) needs to look picturesque, so we have started to grow some foliage (Hedera) around its walls then construct the roof avoiding the overhanging Holly Tree , then try our hand at thatching the roof. Anyone fancy giving us a hand at some future time should get in touch.

Thatched roofs are not too common in this region but within this area of the UK, there is a growing movement towards using environmentally friendly construction materials. I worked for a while at the UK ‘Centre for Alternative Technology’ (C.A.T.) , and as it is just west of here near the coast, I think it triggered the local environmentally friendly climate.

The nearest thatched houses are a 12 minute drive east of the HoBB Gardens.

The nearest Hay Bale building is 12 minutes west.

A little further west is one of the largest UK distributors of organic foods

and C.A.T. (Centre for Alternative Technology) is on the west coast.

Is it any wonder that this area is full of music, spirit, arts and crafts along with loads of individuals exploring holistic health methods.

Now where was I …’Thatching’. Apparently, the most long lasting thatch in the UK is made from imported Water Reed but as I want to use home grown reed, if you know the full species name of the reed grown for thatching and maybe where I can get a few plants to start off my ‘roof cultivation unit’ then please let me know.

Waves as the wind blows through the water reeds of my planning,
~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Four small feature re-cycled glass panes wanted

IMAGENAMEHEREI am looking around for someone interested in making four glass panes from re-cycled bottle glass.

I have designed a fun feature for the HoBB entrance and have finished the stonework and oak window frame ready. Each of the four panes have air bubbles trapped in them, are clear to frosted to bottle green but of different design.

As the lower panes are being melted together from parts of carefully prepared green wine bottles the ‘melt’ needs to stop just before the thick circular bottle bottoms become indistinct and fuse with the main clearer sheet glass. The whole ‘look’ should be that of ‘recycled’ glass so the origin is not lost.

This project would suit a student with access to kiln, keen to work with an interior designer. If you have any wickedly wonderful thoughts on how to get this kind of feel into a feature, contact me please.

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