I have voted for Jan Portillo to be one of the trustees at the RSA because I think she’ll do a really good job. If there are any Fellows out there who have not had the opportunity to vote, then please do so as time is getting short. Voting ends next Sunday.
My friend Joanna Rimmer and I met on a writing course run by the poet Gillian Allnutt in Newcastle in 2004 and now Jo is a playwright!
With the help of Peter Mortimer and his Cloud Nine Theatre Company she has produced her first play, ‘Sweet ‘n Sticky.’
Sweet ‘n Sticky will be performed 10 times in North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay where it will open the Dome Festival.
For more info see www.cloudninetheatre.co.uk/ and plan yourselves a wonderful, summer evening outing at the theatre.
I’m a triathlete! In the very broadest sense. What I mean is, I managed to complete the super sprint at http://www.theblenheimtriathlon.com/BTMaps.html
The super sprint is: 400 metres swimming in the lake followed by 13kms on the bike followed by 2.9kms running. Hope you’re impressed. However let me expand on that for you.
I was the last swimmer in my ‘wave’ to complete the swim. It took me 20 minutes and I had the company of a guy in a kayak all the way as his job was to make sure the last one got back safely. He was a nice guy, he engaged me in quite a lot of conversation and applauded when I reached the shore.
The 1st transistion
Transition is the time taken between one activity and another to compose yourself and to change your outfit. My first transition took 13 minutes, it was only bettered by one woman who took 17 minutes!
Was on an undulating course where the fitter competitors from ‘waves’ after mine caught up with me and shouted ‘to the right’ with unnerving regularity. What they meant was, get out of the way as I’m coming past at top speed. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep to the left especially when you’re wobbling from side to side trying to cycle uphill without falling off.
The 2nd transition
I was really slick at this one, only took 3 mins something seconds- not bad.
Or rather the walk. I was so exhausted by this time that I decided I’d finish but I would walk it. However now and again I broke into a trot and towards the end when I realised that I could probably make it to the finish line in less than two hours I almost hurried.
Was 1hr 56 mins and I was so pleased to have finished it and finished it under 2 hours. Now that I’ve recovered I ‘m thinking I might do it again next year.
Small, versatile, strawbale building
This building is suitable as a garden building, an office, a guest room, a teenage crash pad, a studio. It can be used all year round as it’s made of straw and is therefore highly insulated and will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
The building is 4.2m long x 3.2m wide and 3.2m high. At present it is unfinished. It can be bought in this state (see pictures attached) for £17,500. This price includes extra clay for finishing off the internal plaster, French doors with all the door furniture, 4 x double sockets and beautiful Douglas fir for skirting boards. Delivery is extra to the price.
If you’d prefer the building to be finished, Straw Works could do that for you by doing the work mentioned above + foundations, a top coat of plaster outside and sedum for the roof. The finished price would be £24,500 + delivery.
This building was transported from the Grand Designs Live exhibition in London on a low loader to Suffolk where it is residing temporarily. This is the first time a strawbale building has travelled this way! See http://www.strawworks.co.uk/
If you are interested in knowing more about this building please contact Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org
New post for May Day!
Straw Works is exhibiting at Grand Designs Live from 3-11 May. We’re building a strawbale house during the exhibition. It currently look slike this….
A bit blurry I know but I’m doing my best!
It’s going to be beautiful and it will be for sale at the end of the Show. Come and see us if you have time. We’re running workshops every day. We’ve also go a new van.
Pretty cool eh?
Yes, it’s that time of year again.
Straw Works will be at Eco Build from Tues 4th -Thurs 6th March inclusive. We’ll be building a temporary strawbale building and plastering it with clay. Come and see us on stand 1660 and give us a hand … or even just have a chat.
http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/Content/Nature-and-the-Built-Environment This is the link to the Natural Building section of the exhibition – which is of course, the most ‘eco’ part of the exhibition and the most innovative Hope to see you there. Tell your mates.
I’m running a travel writing workshop as part of Daisy White’s pop up shop initiative. Here’s the details:
Travel Writing Workshop
Join me Eileen Sutherland on Friday 7th Feb at Cranleigh Arts Centre from 1-2.30pm.
I’m running a travel writing workshop.
It’s bound to be wet and miserable outside so come into the warm and spend a bit of time writing about places in the sun.
£5 pay on the day but email email@example.com
or call 07973864612 to book a place.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Author of Changing Gear: A Bike Ride from Britain to Bulgaria.
This workshop is part of a bigger initiative called Daisy White’s Booktique – a pop up shop for authors and artists –see other leaflet and website http://www.daisywhitesbooktique.co.uk
Great new course from Straw Works: ‘Preparing to Build with Bales’ on November 23rd in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
Why not join us and plan your build by working through our Winter Manual?
I’ve got a ‘slot’ at Daisy White’s pop up indie bookshop from 11.30-12.30 on Saturday 28th September. I’ll be reading from my book, ‘Changing Gear: a bike ride from Britain to Bulgaria’ and running a haiku workshop. You’ll be surprised to hear that the haiku topic will be cycling.
Horsham is a lovely market town with a great Saturday market, interesting little shops. and lovely cafes.
Why not take some time out on an autumnal morning and join me?
Hope to see you there.
Just bought two Dahon Vitesse folding bikes. They’re really nifty. The 20 inch wheels make them easier to cycle and the 8 gears are a great help on hills. The blurb says it takes 15 seconds to fold them – not for us! Current time is about 3 mins and the first try took 15 mins on platform 5 at Gatwick but we’re getting slicker.
Went to St Ives by train and bike which was successful if a bit stressful in Reading station which seems to be under reconstruction at the moment. Used the same travel method to get to the Eden Project which also worked fine. The most tricky trip however was one evening from Totnes to the Steiner school just outside Dartington. I tell a lie, the ride from Totnes to Dartington on the lovely, countrified cycle paths was absolutely fine it was the ride back which was tricky.
We’d gone to an evening of anecdotes about a 3,500 mile cycle ride across Europe combined with a piano recital of Beethoven’s greatest hits – unusual I know! Jenni Quick – the pianist and cyclist delivered the goods in a very entertaining way so much so that by the end of the performance we were surprised to find it was pitch black outside.
Running true to form we didn’t have any bike lights so it was a bit tricky finding the cycle path. Fortunately a woman who had attended the same event was going our way and she allowed us to follow her. A simple solution you would think. However the chosen route was through the woods on a narrow concrete path and our leader had a motor attached to her bike. Consequently I kept slipping off the path and had difficulty keeping up with her. Soon she disappeared into the night and Al and I were left in inky darkness pushing our bikes. Happily our guide soon realised she’d lost us, turned around and came back and maintained a steady pace all the way back to Totnes. I don’t know what we’d have done without her.
By the way, Cornwall is the hilliest county in the world. I thought Northumberland was bad but it’s not a patch on the crags and climbs in Cornwall.