Hobbit house and pancake races

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

We've been staying with a couple, self-named "long time greenies" with a lovely house (great room for us!) and highly productive vegetable and fruit gardens with flowers strewn around. They also have a hobbit house - we couldn't make it for the building of the circular timber house but wanted to see the finished result. Beautiful! Great space for hanging out in. Check out the photos. We want to build one and/or live in one!

Biff and Jean have a vast knowledge of environmental issues and we've been delighted to learn from them. "Peak oil" and "transition town" were phrases we weren't particularly familiar with. Simply put, the amount of oil we are using exceeds the amount we are discovering and we are discovering less and less. So we have already reached "peak oil" and oil prices will escalate as demand outstrips supply and capacity to supply. Transition towns are sensible responses to peak oil, climate change and economic contraction with sustainable local solutions like local food production, more allotments - some shared, community bicycles to reduce car use, local. We've come across a few transition movements and they are so positive in looking for local solutions to the imminent reduction in fuel availability/affordability. power generation etc. Laura went along to a transition town meeting and learned even more. There are some really helpful links at the bottom.

Laura also attended a WI meeting and was a bit embarrassed as she didn't know the words to Jerusalem which they do sing! 

I went lindy hopping instead with Jodie, our hosts' daughter, and learned the charleston with lots of men. And I continued my physical activities by joining the pancake day races at North Somercotes - they're famous - they're in wikipedia!  Jodie said "It's only 50 yards, toss the pancake a couple of times and a quick dash.". So I was keen to do my first ever race with a frying pan. Only it wasn't 50 yards, it was a long way. At least 100 yards maybe even 150 yards and as uphill as the flat Lincolnshire marsh can provide. And due to the wind, there was no tossing involved. So no one was disqualified which, quite frankly, was my hope to win. I was thoroughly beaten by a professional footballer who is about 8 feet tall and all legs (he was super fast) and second place went to a (physically) fit fireman. It was a close battle for third place, but the bloke went over the line 3 paces ahead of me. I beat all the women and a couple of men, but no prize for fourth place. There was money up for grabs too. I so should have tripped them up on the start line!

We've had a great time, shame the weather hasn't been too warm and we're still wearing every item of work clothing - two jumpers at least, two t-shirts plus thermals! Time to put some more patches on Laura's work trousers!

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peter on

I hope you made a good note of that roof, cos when you have finished the

Linda Edwards on

Have learnt a lot from this new update. Am interested to visit your hobbit when it's finished. Did you sew up the blanket!!!???? Love from Italy

Karin Philippi on

Hi babes!!!, you're só busy. Like you're new house. Finally some words from us. Yep, we're busy too!!. Anne lives for the time being with me. The renter is still in her house. That way she receives still money from the rent. Important, because it was an expencive (do i say that right?) year. We're both werking again. Back with both feet on the ground. It took some time, but there's an end on all good things. And new things are happening, like for me an interesting new job is coming up. And there is still the boat we are working on in our spare time.
So this is in short what's happening here.
Líke your photo's and seeing you both on them. Looks góód !!!
Hope to send more in a while from us and hope to hear and see more of you!!!!
Byyyyyyeeee for now !!!!!!!! Love from us, Anne and Karin!!!!!!

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