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The Journey
June 15, 2012, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Dad, Life, love, Smile | Tags: , , ,

For Jack Sharples and Michelle Gray

 

Life is a strange old thing, you think you know where you are heading, what you will be and how you will live your life…..then BANG! you realise that life is never as simple as that. As many plans as you make, more forks in the road crop up to steer you a different way. Sometimes objects, people or things take our attention, some for a moment, some for longer, sometimes for a lifetime. Sometimes the road is smooth, sometimes rocky. Every now and then its uphill, seeming to go on for a lot longer than the reality, but with the promise of a time of free-wheeling down the other side to a more relaxed time.

Along the way we may lose people we hold dear, whether they move away, lose touch, fall out with us or something more permanent, leave this physical world behind. Through all the hurt, sorry, recriminations and blame, we are all on the same journey, just following different routes. When we meet someone on the way, that makes us feel the journey is worthwhile, we should hug them close with all our hearts and share what we have found with others.

Always remember to share a smile, a few kind words or a helping hand with others can make all the difference. Who knows what trials of life others are experiencing, when you meet. A smile, like dropping a stone in a pond, can send ripple effects to many, spreading kindness and joy to what can be, at times a dark world.

 

 

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Our Culnady Dwelling.

We’re both hard at work in every department of building our applesteamdream, Ric has accumulated many recipes and ideas inc samples of eco roof tiling (made from recycled bottles).

Eco-slate

Eco-slate 2

Here is a couple of photos of the tile’s, as you can see the difference  in look to standard tiles is very little though they are so much better insulation dew to the proses of weathering, the tiles bond together expelling all air gaps and crate one solid membrane.

We have been searching for an architect to help with the straw bale build and have found Tagarts of Belfast, they designed the Ecos building in Ireland and have taken our project on with wonder and enthusiasm  (at first I think they thought we were bonkers but after the full plan was unfolded they have come round to our way of thinking that everything is possible,  or at least excepted or madness).

All of the land paperwork has now been completed thanks to the hard-working solicitor (J McNally’s) of Magherafelt, we are the proud owners of the land appointed to Culnady Road, Upperlands, its taken six years in total so as you may imagine we are delighted.

Next thing will be a January trip back over to clear and survey the land fully, the house will be built on a platform to take into account  the natural slope towards the river and help protect the straw bale construction. Lots of planning to be done.

Well all for now, Happy days –  Richard & Ric.

 



Christmas Smile

A deep breath is what it takes,

time to bake the Christmas cakes,

feel the cold of winters flakes,

a deep breath is all it takes.

A bright smile for all to see,

no cost involved as smiles are free,

the warmest gift from you to me,

the way our world shall always be.

A glass of wine to drink your health,

in your eyes I see loves wealth,

our love for each is never stealth.

Richard x