I'm really into green building and have ALWAYS wanted to make by myself an earth oven...And since I have a garden in my new place,I finally decided to make one-YEY
So I began with a soil testing and found out that I have the perfect dirt in my own garden and since it's a new neighborhood and people still working on building their homes,I found a bag with lots of construction send ...all left to find was straw-which was a really easy job here in the kibuz where I have cowshed just 5 minute walk from my crib ...so I had gather my supplies and got crack'n
Here is how all went-
ME mixing the cob with my bare feet (long time no play with mud :D )
getting my feet all dirty
this is how my soil+sand+straw looks like after hour of mixing
building the insulating base for my oven+reusing some beer bottles ;)
filing in with sand
fire brick goes on top
FUN #2 begins-building a sand castle
It was a long time since I played with sand-I actually HATE getting my hands dirty :p
Even years back in art school the sculpting class was my least favorite class ,and here I am 14 years later,am building a sand castle
my sand castle has an Italian roots (not that straight I would say )
damp newspapers on top so I can find later where the cob ends and sand begins
covered the whole thing with first layer of clay /sand mix
and now the wait begins :(
I need to wait till my mix is a bit dry so I can curve to door out...
I will update you on how it goes as I'll do it and the second layer hopefully tomorrow if the weather will allow me
So at the last post I showed you where I live...and now I'll enter you into my lill home :)
It's really small-about 60 square meter in which I have a living space ,my work studio and kids bedroom YES...a little something is missing -our bedroom :D We sleep in a living room in an altered wall bed...Maybe that is why my absolutely favorite place in my crib is the living room!
I gathered there almost all the artworks by my favorite etsy artists and friends and really proud of how it looks
The main problem when living in a small space is to squeeze all our belongings in (we lived in a bigger apartment then this current one in Haifa ,which was too small for us even then,and now me are in an even smaller place -our biggest luck is my gift to know how to stuff a lot of things in a not that much big of a space
So here is how it all looks like
see if you can figure whose beautiful illustrations are these framed artworks sitting on my dresser and wall
Indonesian furniture my hubs bought me as a present
This dresser ^^ actually has a top part now separated and standing on my dining table
[used to look like this in my old place ]-
The other side is the IKEA couch and some more of my favorite framed arts
Hubby calls it ^^ my art gallery :D
The Dining space-
or as hubs calls it -the useless spot (he prefers eating on the coffee table instead ) but I like it :D
P.S Here is the upper part of the dresser - the armoire sitting on my dining table I mentioned above
It actually looks exactly like the old room,with tiny changes ...so I'll just let you scroll back a few post and see how it used to look to get an idea of how it looks right now
Uh..and my garden...well it's under construction -hubs build a gazebo for me and I started a little veggie/herb pallet planters going on (I'll show you how to make one later on in a separate post ) -sprouting seeds from everything -cheery tomatoes,peppers,water melon ,celery,onions ..I'm like a little kid in a candy shop-excited about every new leaf :D
Raised Bed Pallet with parsley,green onions ,cherry tomatoes [I sprouted from seeds and watch them grow to a little plant],basil ,thyme etc
green onions^^ from cut ends regrowing beautifully
THE JOY of living in a country side
and to wrap it all nicely,I also started making an outdoor cob/earth oven to make some great pizzas !!!!
We moved to a new totally BEAUTIFUL city... I made A LOT of new stuff and still have so many ideas to fulfill...
I'll start with introduction of the new city I live in-Rosh Ha-Niqra
Rosh Ha-Niqra is a 70-m high chalk cliff on cape of Galilee coast on Israeli border with Lebanon.
Below the cliff are grottoes and tunnels carved out by water erosion and incessant pounding of waves against the limestone.
In ancient times Rosh Ha-Niqra was a passage point on an important route from Acre to Tyre. The place was then known as "the Ladders of Tyre", because of the steep ascent of the road when it climbed the cliff. In the Biblical book of Joshua Bin-Nun the place is mentioned as a northern border of the Israelite tribes in 14-13 centuries BCE.
In 333 Alexander the Great entered through Rosh ha-Niqra to the Land of Israel. It is believed that he has hewn a tunnel in the rock to facilitate the passage of his army from Tyre.
During the First and the Second World Wars the British army penetrated to Lebanon through Rosh ha-Niqra. Between the wars the road from Haifa to Beirut passed here, and in 1943 the British also broke a 250 m. tunnel through the rock and laid a railway line. They also established a border station and customs house on the place.
At the beginning of the War of Independence a Palmah unit demolished the railway bridge to prevent an invasion of Lebanese army to Israel. Police station and customs house were eventually taken by Lebanese army, but were evacuated after Armistice Agreement.
In 1949 the kibbutz "Kfar Rosh ha-Niqra" was founded near the base of the cliff and this is the place where we now live :)
After the War of Independence it became a tourist attraction, and it is now a part of a natural reserve.
The grottoes of Rosh ha-Niqra were formed by the sea that has eaten out portions of the soft chalk rock. They join into 200 m. of cavernous tunnels, branching in various directions. In 1968 a tunnel was dug from the shore to the grottoes (before that, only experienced swimmers could access them). The passageways to the grottoes were constructed (they are 400 m. long). The cablecar brings visitors from the top of the cliff to the tunnels. From the top of the cliff and while going down in a cablecar, one can see a marvellous view of the Mediterranean coast.
Now this all ^^ sounds AMAZING ,right?! And you know what else is cool ??!
I actually got married in this GORGEOUS place
The sunlight arriving from outside and its reflections give the grottoes unique look changing during the day. The waves gain energy as they enter the narrow grottoes, and suddenly arrive from outside with a loud bang, splashing around.
The place is a part of the Achziv Natural Reserve, and its shore and sea fauna is protected. The grottoes are inhabited by bats. Huge loggerhead sea turtles live on the shore. A rare kind of walrus was detected near the shore.
Rosh-ha-Niqra is situated at the northern end of of Israeli Mediterranean coast, 8 km. north of Naharia along Highway 4.
So if you're by any chance visiting Israel,come to see me :)
And check out the lovely homes I took pictures of while walking through Sierra to her kinder garden
Sierra is truly happy here,which reassures me that we did good by relocating to the country side