Friday, 24 November 2017

24th November 2017 - Of Flat Pack Houses

Thought for the day:"Are a Million Pains a Megahertz?"

We have been nonchalantly looking at houses that we cannot afford - in Crete, and then I came across this little article which once again caught my attention.
Flat Pack houses have always fascinated me - with ideas of finding a patch of land and then getting on of the German flat packs delivered and put up in three days - or a Norwegian Log Cabin with all facilities - but this is a little more extreme...

"With housing crises plaguing countries around the world, architects have taken it upon themselves to find cost-effective solutions. The most popular - and seemingly most useful - of these solutions is micro-housing.
Micro-living is exactly what it sounds like - miniature homes - that are small enough to keep the costs low but just big enough to fit amenities like kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and dining areas.
Architect Renato Vidal from Italy is the latest to jump on the affordable housing bandwagon with his newest design - an affordable (£24,000 or $32,810) flat pack folding home that requires only 6-7 hours to build. And while style isn’t a necessity, Vidal has managed to make these tiny homes extremely sleek looking - and eco-friendly."

"The innovative M.A.Di houses, which are made in a factory, flat-packed, and then easily transported to virtually any location “can be built without the need for it to be constructed on concrete foundations.” The best part? The assembly process requires just three people and a few hours of manual labour. And for those looking to live green, the eco-friendly house has the capacity to become “completely off-grid with solar panels, LED lighting, and grey water systems.”

"The tiny house is available in a variety of sizes depending on budget and space needed. Currently, options range from a 290-square-foot tiny home with a one-stage staircase for £24.8K ($32.8K) to a 904-square-foot family home with a two-stage staircase that will cost you £54.9K ($72.8K)."

And if you ever decide you need a change of scenery, the M.A.Di home can be easily collapsed and moved to a new location.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

23rd November 2017 - Dirty Vans and Warm Houses

Thought for the day:"Some people are lost in their fires - others are forged in them"

So, the house is a little messy - but warmest it has been in years. All the radiators seem to work with the exception on one int he living room which we "adjusted" and stopped working - never mess with stuff just after the workmen have left!

There is furniture everywhere! "Stuff" in every room without a home - so the task of putting it all back together starts. Meanwhile the wind is whipping through the back door and the Dog flap is incapable of shutting - sot he kitchen is a little cooler - but that is okay.

Thermostat needs a little action and the Baxi Man is coming - sounds like a horror film to me - but he should be able to fix everything. With a chippy to put the kitchen cupboard back together and a bricky to put a block into the wall where the old flue went - the job will be finished - except fr some needed re-decoration due to radiator sizes these days being much more compact than in the old days so areas of wallpaper are missing.

But the house is warm - and that is a bonus. If I had to have an outside firepit - I might go for this one... 

In other news, the budget came and went and nothing really seems to be startling this year - or I have got bored with the whole thing - not sure really....

Found this picture today - where an artist is using the dirt on the back of vans to create art instead of graffiti and "Wash Me".  Was impressed.

So I was inspired to look for some more and there are hundreds out there- here are some of my favourites

and with that I leave the rest of the day to yourself - enjoy

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

22nd November 2017 - Flat earth

Thought for the day:"Life after Death? Of course - but don't expect it to involve you !"

Seeking to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the shape of the Earth, a California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a rocket he built from scrap metal.
Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.
Hughes’s ultimate goal is a subsequent launch that puts him miles above the Earth, where the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to photograph proof of the disc we all live on.
“It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight. Theories discussed during the interview included NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets from blimps.
Hughes promised the flat-Earth community that he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which will launch from a heavily modified mobile home — though he acknowledged that he still had much to learn about rocket science.

“We were kind of looking for new sponsors for this. And I’m a believer in the flat Earth,” Hughes said. “I researched it for several months.”
The host sounded impressed. Hughes had actually flown in a rocket, he noted, whereas astronauts were merely paid actors performing in front of a CGI globe.
“John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are Freemasons,” Hughes agreed. “Once you understand that, you understand the roots of the deception.”
The host talked of “Elon Musk’s fake reality,” and Hughes talked of “anti-Christ, Illuminati stuff.” After half an hour of this, the host told his 300-some listeners to back Hughes’s exploration of space.
While there is no one hypothesis for what the flat Earth is supposed to look like, many believers envision a flat disc ringed by sea ice, which naturally holds the oceans in.
What’s beyond the sea ice, if anything, remains to be discovered.
“We need an individual who’s not compromised by the government,” the host told Hughes. “And you could be that man.”

He won’t be able to test the rocket before he climbs inside and attempts to steam himself at 500 mph across a mile of desert air. And even if it’s a success, he's promised his backers an even riskier launch within the next year, into the space above the disc.
“It’s scary as hell,” Hughes told the AP. “But none of us are getting out of this world alive.”
This is true. Yet some will try to live to see its edges.
Darwin Awards ???
Well - I'll drink to that 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

21st November 2017 - London - don't ask!!

Thought for the day:"Singing in the shower is fun until you get shampoo in your mouth - then it becomes a soap opera"

a day in london
let me think and write about it soon
how can anyone like being in london?

But Great Priory of Malta was enjoyable and the dinner was good and service impeccable .... particularly as they were catering for 360  - and I am a great Baillie now apparently - just need to find a Motte to go with the Baille

but I am back home
Cheers !

Monday, 20 November 2017

20th November 2017 - Plumbers

Thought for the day:"Homicide Victims rarely talk to police"
(Real Newspaper Headlines)

A grey morning... and the doorbell went at 8am as the plumber supplies arrived for the upgrade of the central heating system - but the plumbers called last night to say that they would arrive at about 10am!  Rater than unload himself - he decided to come back later!!

So - a last shower before the water gets turned off - and a cup of tea - I am sure that they will leave enough water for that though we have a number of demi-johns available for water carrying...  The house is re-organised - with all furniture away form radiators - though we have no idea how much of the pipework will be changed - they already have found that the roof is too high for the boiler to go into the bathroom..   so I think that they will be playing a lot of it by ear....

We shall see...
Two to three days they reckon..


looks good out in Crete

Sure they don't need the central heating on out there !!!


Sunday, 19 November 2017

19th November 2017 - Happy Sunday ...

Thought for the day:"2 Convicts Evade Noose: Jury Hung"
(Real Newspaper Headlines)

Lots of fuss in the news at the moment - 93 year old Mugabe under (not really) house arrest while the country try to see how to oust him from power - but then I found this one ...

They seem to be getting ready to dig the road up outside again - not sure if it is the gas again from next door - but a lot of vans and people sitting around outside - hopefully fixed by tomorrow for the central heating to be installed ....

and meantime ..

Saturday, 18 November 2017

18th November 2017 - Of Ceremonial and Boards

Thought for the day:"I need to get into shape - if I was murdered today my chalk outline would be a circle"

Saturday and a busy time. Morning at Llanelli was the Ceremony of the Silver Trowel followed by the meeting of Giraldus Cambrensis - in the Royal and Select Masters. Which meant getting there early and making the tea, sorting the bar, setting the room up for both ceremonies, playing the organ, acting as Director of Ceremonies, serving the bar, washing up and being toast master....

Just another day really.

Meanwhile in other news, we recently dedicated an honours board in Aberaeron for the Allied Masonic Ceredigion Council... That will be me in the background holding the banner up... third Master of the Council.

Members of the Ceredigion Council with new board

Master Iwan Jenkins and District Grand Prefect Ron Slater
with W Bro David Harries 
Rain this evening - and a day clearing the house for the central heating tomorrow ...