Monday, August 9, 2010

where i left off

Highlights since last I blogged ~

rooster donation

Sometime in June, this fellow appeared at our house. We haven't had a rooster in a while, and I love waking up to a good crow, but this one gets started at around 4:30AM and goes all. day. long.


We celebrated Neal's birthday at
Rickwood Caverns State Park. (Thanks, Allison, for the picture!)

red clay groovy

With the help of Laurie Kramer, Artist in Residence at
Art Works Alabama, the Girls Scouts of North Central Alabama made Alabama mud tie-dye t-shirts.


Did I mention we're going to build a shipping container home on the banks of the Locust Fork? The picture above is an example of one that's being built close to Palisades Park. Our design is somewhat similar in that we're placing the containers on either end, but we'll also be incorporating some hay bale construction in between, and shoring up the sides with dirt for the sake of insulation. We're hoping to cut the driveway and place the first container this fall. Up until now, we've devoted most of our time to pesky details, such as locating the plat, arguing with the loggers, and proving that the now-gated road that provides access to our land belongs to the county and therefore should not be gated (they gave us a key; we're still working on this one). We're antsy to make some real progress, as time and money allows.


Julia said...

Glad to see a post!! And very cool about the containers. How many containers will it take, and what is hay bale construction?

Lythrum said...

That mud tie-dye is pretty darned neat. I might have to try that sometime. And I've heard of dogs being dumped off, but never a rooster lol. I guess someone didn't appreciate his crowing. :)

countrypeapie said...

Thanks, J! We only plan to use two containers, one on each end of the house. There will be more traditional construction between them. I will do a post about hay bale construction sometime soon. It's usually referred to as straw bale construction, but I am in the habit of saying hay.

Lythrum, we think he must have been brought over here from a different time zone because he gets up so freaking early!

Allison said...

You've been busy here in blogland! How very irksome that there's an issue with road access. Was the gate constructed by an adjacent land owner? Hope y'all can get some satisfaction on that front soon. Hope to see you all before too long!