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Winter Warming

Winter Warming

Happy Winter Solstice!!  On this, the shortest day of the year, it is only natural that we have turned our attentions to ways to beat the winter chill. A few weeks ago on our facebook page, we did a little survey to see what people prefer:  a sauna or a hot tub.  The... read more
The Covered Patio

The Covered Patio

A vine-covered pergola is a wonderful asset in any garden, providing a shady seating area and visual interest, and if a deciduous vine is chosen, the area becomes a sunny seating area in winter.  There are so many wonderful deciduous vines to feature on a pergola,... read more
Introducing…a DISHWASHER!

Introducing…a DISHWASHER!

This week was the week of ADDING ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES TO OUR LIVES, one of which was a DISHWASHER. In other households, this is no big deal- buy, plug in, away you go, but on our off-grid set-up, every new electrical appliance is an experiment and a potential source... read more
Queen of Berries

Queen of Berries

I read somewhere that blueberries are the Queen of Berries.  Every year at this time I am reminded of blueberry’s royalty status and I am in total agreement.  Last year, I was so impressed with the generosity of our one year old blueberries that I insisted we... read more
What’s in Store for 2017

What’s in Store for 2017

Happy New Year’s from the House that Worked Out!  We realise a photo on our property would be more appropriate, but it’s raining, so a holiday snap from a couple of weeks ago when we were happily nowhere near the House that Worked Out will have to suffice.... read more
Building a Giant Spider

Building a Giant Spider

It’s that time of year again. Happy Halloween everyone! And hurray for Halloween at the House that Worked Out!! Last year was the first year we had any time to be able to put into building props for Halloween, and we were really happy with our creations. Our Grim... read more
Makeovers

Makeovers

I adore makeovers.  They can be on people, rooms, gardens, whatever, I don’t mind- I just love seeing the before and after. This Spring has been the rainiest I can remember since we moved here, and there are many outdoor projects requiring some dry weather that... read more
Paving the Way

Paving the Way

Our Wind Sheltered Patio has been a very nice addition to our lives, but aside from that little patch of ordered infrastructure, the outside of the house has still been a building zone since we started building. Let me make something clear.  We didn’t come into... read more
The Wind-Sheltered Patio

The Wind-Sheltered Patio

After we completed the House that Worked Out to a stage where we could shut all the doors and move in, we slowed down a LOT. We were so relieved to be finished with the dirty work, and we were so enamoured with our new home, with all of its lovely warmth and space,... read more

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