Upstairs Progression

Steve continues to create wonders in the upstairs of the bus. The stud walls for the upstairs bathroom can be seen below. As I am now living an hour away my rough line on the floor has not been accurate enough. Poor Steve, I’ve had to as him to take the corridor side wall out and move it in 15 cms. Due to the mollycroft and lower shoulder, the corridor, although quite wide on the floor, is too narrow at the top. Anyone taller and wider than me would find it inconvenient walking past the bathroom.

From little Acorns might Oaks are Born

For me the exciting part is beginning, the internal design and creation of sills, shelving, trim and counter tops.

Oak trunk Slices

Many pieces of paper, pencil chewing, head scratching and measuring tape. Steve is happy with the calculations and is chalking details onto each slice of Oak. A huge jigsaw puzzle trying to find the most efficient combination of plank and trunk slice.

Week 14 Overview

I’m away and work on Walter continues at a pace!

Shall I go away more often? Steve has been working away creating his magic – upstairs floor has been levelled, the ceiling is in and walls are up. Space for the upstairs bathroom is sectioned off. Ali has begun the outside platform for the side bathroom. This will be spacious, including a bath. On the back wall will be a cupboard, the hub for all controls electrical and water based – well insulated and separated of course.

Midden Treasure Part 2

Soap making Explorations.

How difficult can it be? As you saw in the previous post VERY.

I have returned to what I know, and bought a kit but instead of the usual goats milk base, which seems to be unavailable I have a glycerin base.

Melt, pick aromatics and flowers, raid my bro’s clean plastic trash for individual plastic containers too reuse as soap moulds et viola

The only negative is that I’ve realised that glycerin base sweats yerrk. I prefer goats milk base which doesn’t, I now have to buy cling film to wrap it in.

Ive ordered goats milk base and will post when I’ve made the next batch of soap with it. ( end of September)!!

Ok I’m off to decimate the Midden’s flower population.

Midden Treasure Part 1

Soap making Explorations

I love making different types of soap. In the past from a kit. You buy the soap base and then add essential oils, colours, oats, coffee etc to it. Pour it into little moulds et viola. I thought I would try and make soap from first principles. Watched loads of online videos of men in masks with bunsen burners and protective gear, and decided to go for it.

How difficult can it be?

Week 11 overview

First Week back at School

Because of the time difference, Baku is three hours in the past, I am having to wake up at 5am and begin work at 6am. I am therefore not able to work much on the bus. Orientation week and learning new educational platforms is fully occupying my energy.

Steve is on his own and has been busy upstairs. ceiling in and short pallet wood inserted at a 45 degree angle. Slightly easier than trying to follow the curves.

Life has taken a big change, improved for the better. An old fridge which works perfectly. A tin of blackboard paint and an acid green back wall. I’m feeling optimistic. I can now shop once a week and freeze any extra food I make. Now I’m back at work it really saves on some shopping and cooking time.

Week Nine Overview

Waney, Wobbly Wood

Great changes this week both inside and out.

140 strips of pallet wood to sand, I’m finding muscles where I had no idea I have muscles.

Painted the outside of Walter in her entirety, finally! 2 times washing, 4 layers of paint and 4 layers of sanding. thats half a km of washing, sanding and painting OR 1500 meters squared and I still love painting!

Oak tree arrives and there are red admiral butterflies flitting between the lilac flowers