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

Investors in ‘tomorrows’ futurology.

Home for Sale on Moon signSome people invest in ‘Futures’ and some hold on to the security of a ‘Past Portfolio’ whilst others gamble on the ‘now’ and risk all for an instant.

Whilst all this is normally going on, a growing few are estimating how we can all win through to our ‘tomorrows’ by adapting our game plan ‘today’ . Today is always the best starting block and if you can look ahead without coughing on the dust of yesterday too much, you can take a fresh breath and progress.

I always try to invest my time alongside those who aim for a good future and are fresh-thinking enough to walk ever-forward. I know a lot of things jump up unexpectedly, and that sometimes these can distract or slow progress for a time, but that’s the order of things and I think there is no automatic ‘smooth ride’ for anyone or any circumstance.

The big bad bumps of ‘being’, are scattered around and they are rarely signposted to help us all avoid them. If you are fortunate, one of your friends will have some knowledge or experience that will help you surmount most bumps but rarely will you find the right friends to take you over and passed the mountains because those are there to cause you to make big personal climbs!

I think that one good investment in your own ‘tomorrows’ is to collect a wide range of friends – ones who are out there in all directions, experiencing things you cannot, because of time, position and location.

It is vital to make good investments for all tomorrows so as to nourish the long term good of all. It is against my personal law to exploit today without any regard for the long term outcome, but hey, that’s just me and not everyone enjoys thinking ahead.

But “what if” we all concentrated on only “today”?

“What if” our ‘care of attention’ was reduced to 24 hours?

Thankfully, I don’t think this will ever happen, and whilst science and spiritual adventure writers are leading us ever into deeper speculative realms of thought, I figure the future’s assured – whatever colour it is!

If you hear of a futurology conference in the UK or are interested in holding one, contact me – I’m part of it already!

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant