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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 I see on the internet are from the US, or occasionally some from Europe. Here’s […]

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 pretty soon. The Simplicity Movement is many things to many people. At its core lies […]

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 wood going on top of them would be the roof structure. We began the pattern […]

Setting the Foundations
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 an earthbag house to surround and make use of the pit. We decided to build […]

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 tiny dot (0.12 pixels in size) against the vastness of space. Carl Sagan’s famous ‘Pale […]

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Learning with Anki Spaced Repetition

This piece of software has probably helped me in more ways than any other recently. It has been a time of many changes, not least of which was getting a job as a software developer a little over a year ago. This sure helped. Anki is a spaced repetition software, based around user-generated flashcards. The […]