Mayne

 

There's magic in places.
You just have to open your eyes and look for it.
I've been lucky enough to find and enjoy many magical places.
This one is no exception.
All the while, sheep frolicking, I'm lucky enough to spend time to help maintain the magic of this place.
 

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This two story load bearing cob was built in 1999 by Cobworks (Pat Hennebery, Tracy Calvert, and Elke Cole) as well as Ianto Evans of the Cob Cottage Company, and many workshop participants. 
You can now find it on Airbnb in the care of our good friends Manny, Alexis (Cob Cottage Craft) and their twin boys Theo and Cory. 

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finding a way with nature

As Autumn progresses, and the days get shorter I am reminded more and more that it's a blessing to be outside, and to make the most of the light in the world. Even when it's raining, snowing, hailing.
And sometimes when it's sunny it still feels like it's hailing. Not because ice is raining from the sky, but because ice is ruling from above, and the chill of the world can reign down, and be too much. 
The truth is, people can be cruel, people make mistakes, and they tend to take things for granted, and it's nothing new. 
But I'm still grateful, and I'll say it as many times as it takes because gratitude is what keeps me going. It reminds me that even when I go inside there's still an outside, and there's light in the world somewhere. Even at the darkest of times. 
There's thanks to be given even after much has been taken.
I'm grateful for those who stand for change. 
I'm so grateful for all that flows from me to you.
I'm so grateful that you know what this feels like too. 

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Sending love, warmth, shelter, and gratitude.

 

 

cob in the suburbs

Most cob structures we see are built in remote areas where the owners have lots of land and privacy. This oven however, was built in the suburbs on a small lot in a quaint neighborhood. Everyone who passed walking their dog or going for a jog had to stop and see what we were up to. And we loved it!  We want cob to be accessible and of interest to everyone. How amazing would it be if natural homes were included in building code?! Portland has now approved of light straw clay as an insulator and we are hoping more cities will follow suit. Change is happening! 

Here are some photos from cob in the suburbs!

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cob workshop

we had a great turnout for our cob workshop this past weekend in errington, bc! from children to adults, experienced cob builders to novice mud stompers, we had the full spectrum. in one day, we were able to complete most of the cob oven, covered theory on cob ovens, homes and other fire techniques and had plenty of time to make new friends and build community. we will be doing the finishing plaster on the oven next weekend so if you are interested in that, come on by! below are some photos from the day, thanks to all who attended the workshop! 


to the sea

we had the pleasure of building a natural staircase from the top of a cliff right to the beach. not a bad view to work from!  we used repurposed wood along with driftwood and beached logs found on site. we always try to emulate the landscape into what we are building and I feel that these stairs truly blend right in.  

 

wooly friends

We are so lucky to have so many friends who live in such beautiful places. We are even luckier that they welcome us into their homes and lives. We recently spent some time on Mayne Island with our friends Alexis, Manny and their twin boys, Corey and Theo.  They have a beautiful cob house on their property that we stayed in. It was the prefect little get way for us! Alexis is an amazing fiber artist and I had the privilege of photographing some of her work. Bryce even took some shots too! (he's getting to be quite the photographer) 

You can see more of Alexis's work here

 

hello

Why, hello there. Thanks for checking out our site and blog. We are really excited to share with you in our journey of natural building, farming, crafting, food making, community building and altogether good life living!

Heres a little visual journey of who we are and what we've been up to.