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August 29 to 31, 2015   Bottle Bricks

Javier and I worked on the wash house. This is the first weekend since we got the place that no work was done on the road. We concentrated on the wash house. Javier waterproofed the roof and used plywood to close the upper loft so that it can be used for storage. I created the last four window frames (six in total) and began plastering in the bottle bricks. I was surprised that it takes so much cement. I did separate the bottles a bit too much I suppose. I used four 50 pound bags for one window. I will need at least fifteen or sixteen to complete the project. Perhaps I will even need more bottles. It looks really good inside when the sun shines through. We will add lighting inside so it should look lovely at night as well.

The little beer fridge was just too small and energy inefficient. The food was spoiling and the motor was red hot. I picked up a good energy efficient refrigerator at a scratch and dent sale. I hope our solar power system can keep up with it. By Monday morning the batteries were red line low. I added two more deep cycle batteries. Now we will wait to see if the panels will be able to charge them. To be fair though it was quite cloudy all weekend and we had everything powered on.
We have one apple in our orchard and a few scrawny stalks of corn in our cornfield. The farm tax write offs should be tremendous this year.

Wash House

Bottle Brick Collection

Bottle Brick Wall 1

Bottle Brick Wall 2


Apple Harvest

Corn Stalks

Cottage Life  -  August to December 2015


Cabin in the Woods  - Winter 2015


  Dominican Republic January 2015


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