And you know how you mix cob with sand and water? With your feet! Here, Emma demonstrates:
In the morning we ate breakfast on some straw bales (notice the recycled glass bottles used as natural stained glass in the cordwood wall):
And by evening we'd crafted a cob bench for the dining room:
The weekend was a time of real learning and discovery for me. It was incredibly helpful to see some of our own ideas for building and community being practiced and turning out wonderfully in someone's home. From the incredibly efficient masonry stove to the odor-free composting toilet to the beautiful but practical cob walls, it was a feast for the eyes both aesthetically and environmentally-consciously (sorry about the grammar folks!).
We returned home Sunday night with rosy cheeks from the sun, clear minds from a hike in the woods, fatigue from the laughter and camaraderie, and perhaps most importantly: hope. For some reason our dreams and goals seem tangible again. And it's just glorious to have that hope.