Baking Soda

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Stuff that serve a few functions and can be reused with little fuss is cool, even if it’s just ordinary household things. Something that’s a bit greener, more efficient or less wasteful. The Humble Glass Jar Over the past year…

Expense Manager

Apps I’ll Actually Use To Make Life Simpler in 2016

Nothing like a bit of technology to hack a day. It can hack one apart too – it’s best to just chop out the unecessary bits. Apps are one of the best excuses to squirrel away time in the pursuit…

Dublin Sunrise

Cycle – Sure Why Wouldn’t You?

It is hard to feel bad getting off a bike. Unless you’ve gone nowhere on it. All that motion up and down the hills, through the wind and rain and sunbeams. Past the unlikely-to-be-free-range eggs fired in my direction as…

Alternative Housing in Ireland: Tiny, Eco and a Little Bit Different

Alternative Housing in Ireland: Tiny, Eco and a Little Bit Different

I have been doing lots of looking at Tiny Houses online recently, and it got me thinking about what types, shapes and sizes of them there may be here in Ireland. Invariably most of the pictures of Tiny Houses that…

Perspective

Towards Simplicity: Finding The First Few Steps

What does it mean to live simply? Like most things these days, there’s a movement for it. There’s a lot more to it though. At least I hope so, otherwise I’ll run out of things to write on this blog…

First Few Layers

Our Earthbag House – Part 2

See the first part here. 5. Interlocking the Walls and Support Bags. We had a bit of a design change. No wooden structure to go on top of earthbags, the house itself would be made entirely of earthbags. The only…

Humble Beginnings

Our Earthbag House – Part 1

It started out at the end of 2012 at Rhiannon Permaculture farm, with a concrete pit that was designed to be used as a biogas tank. The pit measured about 4m length by 1.5m width. We were tasked with building…

Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan, Storytelling, and the Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of the earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 Spacecraft from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles) from earth. In the photograph, earth is shown as a…