We're back from a weekend of learning how to turn this:
Into something roughly resembling this:
With a lot of this in between:
We both attended the Moora Moora Co-operative Strawbale course last weekend. It was interesting, and we came home with a lot of ideas - and some practical experience with rendering in natural materials too (which is mainly what we were there for!). Old Miners Cottage bricks and strawbales have a lot in common, it seems. :)
We came home and the garden had survived the warm weekend. The Purple King bean plant is flowering! It's beautiful! I had no idea it would be!
And weather its being eaten or protected, I'm not sure - I found this big bug on it too.
Today and tomorrow are going to be exceptionally warm for us here - 38°C and 39°C (100°F and 102°F) so I'm not sure what we'll be doing - hopefully not much! I'll update soon!