Friday, August 30, 2013

Athens again

Hadrian's Arch

Temple of Zeus


Bundaberg ginger beer - who'da thunk

Archeological Museum

Drain pipe technology remains the same 3000 years later - an ancient drain pipe

4000 years ago - flour milling

2000 year old linen

Flour milling 2000 years ago - new technology

2100 year old standing seam terracotta roof -  we were going to use a standing seam metal roof on the house, and the basic layout is the same

The crew at dinner in the Plaka

Wild night

Thursday, August 29, 2013



a room with view

a breakfast with a view


fresh squeezed orange juice fruit and tyropita

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


1: The quail are back with a vengeance, baby chicks and all.

2: Tarp over the cistern: see below. There will be a 1 inch deep puddle over the blue foam if it rains. But it would be there with or without the tarp. I put a piece of plywood over the hatch so the tarp wouldn't puddle there and put too much stress on the foam.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


August 2008: contemplating someone else's structure 

August 2009

August 2010

August 2011

August 2012

August 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

put a lid on it

The cistern/porch foundation gets its non-bearing insulated lid after much preparation and waterproofing and  and and and...

This is what it looked like at the start of this "subproject"

the cistern gets an inflow pipe and baffles

another view, the blocks are glued down with the blue waterproofing "liquid rubber"

1st section on

2nd section

3rd section down with glue for the 4th

Lidded, and ready to be sealed: more hidden work through the trapdoor.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Windows 2013.2 Installation DIY

With a lot of help from friends Don and Wendy

The test window: low degree of difficulty [DoD]

Almost done

Looking pleased

The next one at ground level: a bit bigger, slightly higher DoD

The test window for the upper floor: roof access, slightly higher DoD again

Ingress: she came in through the bathroom bedroom widnow

The 1st big upper floor window

From the inside: changes the oulook

A smaller window on the high side: needs a BIG ladder, high DoD, practicing for tomorrow

Caulking the nailing flange

E up a ladder

Note where the scaffolding was in the picture above: moved to get to this window

Scaffold stabilzation

Monkey bars!

How we got the windows out there

This one was a bear: adjusting the corner

Yet again up a ladder

Not a problem

Out comes the window

Caulking with support

Getting ready to fix the window in place

Windows installed!!!
From the driveway