Monika E. at the HoBB

The Hyde (or Hide) at the HoBB Gardens and Project House“In the majority of cases, it is not a good solution to run away or to flee from situations, circumstances or incidents which do not fit in your current life. But summer came and my first thought was to escape my ordinary every-day life that has asserted itself during the first weeks of my holidays.

Looking retrospectively at the last weeks, my decision to go to Wales and spend one week at The HoBB was a great opportunity and most welcomed chance to leave behind everything that hindered me getting a free mind and enjoying my free time.

My stay at The HoBB can be described as an experiment – not at least because it was my first time as a WWOOFer.

I really enjoyed being faced with challenges and complications and was happy that I was able to succeed in doing things I have never done before. It was a great feeling to see things growing under my own hands and to create something new that has been affected by my own ideas and imagination.

During your stay at The HoBB you can learn to understand what it means to exceed your own boundaries no matter whether they are mental or emotional.

I have discovered a different way to sense my environment whilst seeing myself and the world we are living in from a different angle.

My aim was to learn from this huge amount of impressions you can receive at the Hobb. I achieved my aim, but I have found so much more than I have expected to.

If you go to The HoBB you will make new experiences and start looking at things from a different perspective. In addition, you will get to know two very interesting, lovely and creative persons with a great sense of humour who are probably crazy as well.

I am really looking forward to staying at The HoBB again”

(Guest HoBBlog posted by Monika E.)

Country Hideaway

Country HideawayYou probably won’t view a piet-my-vrou or red kite from here but you could do a wood pigeon or guinea.

I have always been a fan of underground houses and buildings set into the side of cliffs or hillsides as at the Earth Centre at Bodenham, near Kidderminster (UK), but sadly, in the UK, our planners give few planning permissions to such earthy architectural adventurers.

Maybe, before the prolific ‘projecting’ house is fully splattered across this once green and pleasant land, planners could be asked to court proposals that streamline the more boring modular buildings into their landscapes.

I enjoy designing ways to ‘streamline’ build into the environment. One such structure within the HoBB Gardens is the ‘hide’ which will house seating for six and ‘hide’ those inside from the planned pond and its duck population.

The structural aspects of this ‘hide’ are nearly complete. The stone and cement carving stage comes next to provide ornament and ledges for planting. We are on the look out for a couple of small timber row-boats in any condition to adapt as duck houses within a central island ‘boathouse’ position.

Contact us if you know of any such boats in the UK in need of a good home.

Contact also if you would like to volunteer your time through the wwoof scheme ( to do some concrete carving and stone construction at HoBB Real.

Waves from the hills ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant