Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Some House Photos

Hi All,
Finally, as requested (and thanks to Jo), I have some house photos to show you all!
Please do keep in touch.
Paul Therese & Áine

Kitchen through the arch

Bay Window



Compost Toilet

East View



Sitting Room

Sitting Room - Bay Window

South View

South View 2
Ken's Dry Stone Entrance


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Friends, Cobbers, Country Folk,

Yes. We have finally made it! Just under 3 years after we began the build we are spending our first night in our cob home. We are so happy.

A massive thank you, especially to all our amazing interns; Alastair, Graeme, Grant, Karen, Peter, Sam, Thomas, Ben, Felix, Karen, Leila, Martin, Pauliina, Shaun, Greg, Issac, Jo, Joe, Paddy, Remi & Taylor.

Also we must mention Pat, Gerry, Micheál, John, Seamus, Sara, Cassandre, Noleen, Ricardo, Lauren, Matilde, Jo & Mark, Camilla, Ali & Brian, Carrie & Nalia & Nan, Carolann, Coenrad &Courtney and family, James, the Hollies crew, the Duffys (Pete, Carmel, Siobhan, Alex, Tom, Didi, Aidan...), Bee & Rob, Willie, Dave & Eileen, Deirdre and Andrew, Jimmy, Colin & Feile, Wes and Will.

An extra special thanks to all the teachers and tradespersons, Jim, Christo, Jo, Xavi, Ken, Timmy, Shane, Thomas, Sean, Joe, Richie, Tommy,Fred, Feidhlim all at Cob Cottage Company - Ianto, Linda & Tammy.

Lastly to both Therese's and Paul's family and friends for all their help and kindness throughout.

We will post some photos very soon

Love and good wishes wherever you may be.

Paul, Therese & Áine xxx

Friday, February 15, 2013

Spring has arrived....Paddy and Pauliina have been working on a very interesting project in England over the winter....see the following link for a news report:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hi to all our 2012 group. Twas so nice to have you here. We miss you. Weather is getting very cold here now. We hope you are all warm and safe for the winter. Love Paul, Therese and Áine

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fairwell Pauliina

Pauliina left Nenagh for London this week after nearly 1 and a half years. Things are not the same here without you Pau, but your touches are everywhere to be seen.
We wish you all the best with your next steps and look forward to your return.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Plaster Party Part 1

Many old friends arrived in Nenagh to begin plastering the interior of our house on the 17th Sept. Our group was led by "Master plaster duo" from Holland - Christo and Xavi, and by Jo, and Graeme - a.k.a "Stag Man".
In advance, there was a lot of preperation required. Remi, Pauliina and Paul enjoyed adding some wooden features to the house - shelves and steps and seats - using some interesting pieces of timber, many sourced from Pete Duffy's collection in Meath. As things hotted up Graeme arrived to give us a timely injection of energy as we worked hard to get the base coat up on the upper end of the house so that it would be dry for the plasterers. Therese, Claire and Camilla helped apply some last minute basecoat plaster and Sean put up shelves in the pantry while Eamon cleaned the beams.
We were lucky to have some budding plasters on the team also - Thank you to Leila, Paddy, Pat, Tom, Carmel, Aidan, Didi, Siobhan, Alex and of course Therese. It was nice to have someone from each of the 3 internship with us - a special thanks to Graeme, Leila, Pauliina and Paddy.
So we had a good crew to tackle the rather daunting task of plastering those curved walls, many niches and window alcoves and between all the knee braces and beams. Work began with great sense of endeavour and comraderie and despite the trials of an Irish October over half the house is now plastered with lovely clay plaster and lime in the kitchen. Also the base coat has been applied almost everywhere...much to Paul's delight! Making this plaster using soil from the site and straw from the field was an arduous task but also very satisfying. Thanks to everyone for all the tireless screening!

All in all it was a great couple of weeks, sandwiched by a trip to the Aran Islands for a dry stone walling course and a trip to Sligo for a course in using "Natural Edge Wood" with Colin Richie. We also managed a trip to Phillip Quinn and family in Holycross.

Hope to see you all again for Part 2 in the new year

Enjoying some well deserved relaxation in our newly plastered sitting room
One of Ken's amazing stone carvings - This goblin goddess will protect our home
Sitting room - Pre Plaster
Xavi Plastering the Sitting Room in bathed in sunshine!
The lucky future inhabitants - Áine, Therese, & Paul
Christo - demonstrating Plaster after care - with timely sponging
The niches are tricky to plaster! - Luckily Jo (The master plasterer of small spaces) is on the job
Alex and Paul Mixing More Basecoat!
The basecoat team - Therese, Carmel and Paddy


Graeme - A steady hand for fine details
True Mudbandits - Didi and Tom
Pauliina Plastering in Comfort
Aidan entertains the masses

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Internship 2012

All good things must come to an end and our internship finished for 2012 on the 3rd of August. As usual, our last week was frantic and we visited the wonderful Duffy's in Meath and put up the rafters on the north side of their cute cob building. We were treated to lovely food, company and music.
Saturday, happened to be Jo's birthday and we were joined on site by some local friends for a moonlit evening with pizza and music 
 Local trad musicians; Jim, Eamon, Martin & Tom
 Jo, Issac, Greg & Katie
 Martin, Tom, Paddy & Pauliina
Taylor, Helen, Bon, Jim, and our own very talented singer songwriter Joe

So fairwell to our 2012 interns; Jo, Joe, Taylor, Greg, & Paddy. Safe travels home and we wish you all the best with your future building projects. Many thanks to our other instructors; Ken, Graeme, Leila and Pauliina, and to Timmy too.
Twas a great summer, despite the weather. Things are quiet here now, but luckily Remi is still with us.

Thanks again

Paul, Therese and Áine xxx