Dot & Neil’s dream home
When she was living in what she calls a grotty old house in Warkworth, Dot dreamed of one day building a castle.
“It was a dream, but why not? Everybody loves a castle. I’m creating a million stories!”
Unlike most, Dot retained her childhood dreams and has now realised them. When the time came to build their own home, instead of down-sizing to a “little cottage by the rest home,” says Dot, she and Neil decided to build a castle.
One of their criteria was no shoes and no jerseys, meaning there will be no draughty rooms. The castle is over-insulated and topped up with underfloor heating and heated by heat exchange from the lake.
It took three and a half years to get a permit. Today, Dot says she could write a book about the obstacles they’ve had to overcome, but she was never going to give up.
“No, I just go to work every day and let it sort itself out.”
Many of us have portable chicken coops. At home, we have small chicken houses that we mobilise around the garden, the kind of thing with wheels at one end for ease of shifting.
But if you have a lot of land, you can put a much larger flock to work. Paul and Debi have quite a lot of land, and it had the look of having been farmed for a long time without much nurturing.
You need quite a lot of chickens if you’re going to use their poo make a difference on that scale. They were thinking of running 50-100 birds, more than you’d ever need on an eggs-onlyrequired basis. You also need a chicken- the project. Those who’ve read my stuff over the years will know I’ve got a bit of a feel for what might be made into something else and closer inspection of the old trailers showed perished tyres, of sizes common 90 years ago. The more undergrowth we pulled away, the less it