In Daylesford we are…
We are building our home and planning our permaculture garden. A trip to Italy and Germany three years ago has been the inspiration for our build. Ralf and I visited Italian and German farms dating back to the 1400’s. One of the common themes with many of the properties was the way buildings were grouped together to create wind breaks, and to diminish walking distances between the farmers home and her/his work buildings. The result was farming properties with wonderful piazzas where community could gather and celebrate life.
So our build in Daylesford includes a large barn for storing animal feed, tractor, garden tools, firewood and bales of wheat or lucerne. An accommodation building for paying Agricultural guests or woofers, and our home. The buildings are grouped to create a piazza, where an ornamental garden will be cultivated and where celebrations can take place. The west face is at present open to a view of the wetland, but will eventually have large trees planted there to protect us from the harsh summer sun.
The accommodation building and our home are both built from Light-earth construction, which originated in Germany in the 20th Century. Light-earth combines straw (woodchip or other fibrous material) with a mixture of wet clay. Form work is built and the mixture is pressed in and allowed to dry. A render of lime or clay completes the build.