After winding down from the full-house weekend ... we got back to our "regular schedule". Marta stayed with us a while longer and helped us get almost to the finish line. We were excited to finally get to level 21. Here we are passing over the front arch for the first time: When we finished [...]
The day before yesterday we finished level 18. Yesterday we started level 19 by putting in the ventillation pipes (for air flowing out of the two rooms). We cobbed them in place and then continued to work aroud them. Today we focused on the arch above the entry door ... and we started by adding [...]
Originally we intended to backfill only once, about half way through and then at the end when we bury the structure. But, the structure is going to be a bit higher then expected and working higher up becomes trickier, especially for two people ... so ... after finishing level 16 we decided to backfill again. [...]
We tend give much attention to the growing walls, but we would like to acknowledge the unsung heroes of this project ... the cans we toss up the walls to move soil from wheelbarrows into the sacks and tubes. We recently retired the first pair of cans ... and here you can see side be [...]
We had one weekend of construction at the beginning of June with the help of Adi and Dan ... we got 10 and half of 11 done. We then paused because of my allergy-period and because we were busy finishing and launching the new Cutia Taranului website. In recent weeks we got back in the [...]
Today I made a bit of apricot compote. Bought some 5 kg of fruits from the market, not so ripen. Ronen opened the fruits, took the seeds out. I sterilized the jars (only shortly boiling them under water), stuffed them with halves of fruit, almost to the top, poured hot water over, to cover. I [...]
Lars and Robin are a beautiful couple I've had the pleasure of meeting a few times who live in Alunisu (on the other side of Cluj). In this interview Lars does what he does so well ... gently and compassionately painting a comprehensive picture of where we are and where we can choose to go [...]
We use shells of soap-nuts, which I believe come from Africa, to make home-made soap used for dishes, laundry and general cleaning. We have been wondering about an alternative that can be grown locally. Turns out there is a variety of chestnuts called Horse chestnut which does the trick.