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Sean’s Recovery Update, 8 weeks

Sean's Recovery Update, Week 5: Graduating to standing car transfers has been a major goal and milestone for Sean. While the Sunshine Bus and the Maxi Taxi are invaluable services and we are grateful for them, the experience of being … Continue reading

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A three word story: Our life changed.

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. Life… To catch up: 1) I got a job, 30 hours per week at a non-profit agency that aims to help our community be more active and healthy. My role engages … Continue reading

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The post where I break the news that the straw isn’t happening

One day, building a straw bale house will be easy. Today is not that day… We knew that we would have to make sacrifices and that building a home from scratch would come with a seemingly never-ending list of complications … Continue reading

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An Update on the Straw Bale House

Sadly, not much has happened since my last post. We’re STILL awaiting building consent from council, something that people building unconventional homes have to endure. But there have been a couple small but exciting developments. Firstly, our builder has been … Continue reading

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We’re Building an Straw Bale Eco-house

Here’s a little back story. Part 1: Sean has always wanted to build his own personal ski lodge/home, complete with dark timber, a Great Room with a roaring open fireplace, and a second floor balcony overlooking it all. This may … Continue reading

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Our Summer Adventure to the South Island with BaBa and NuNu, Part 3

Here is the third and final installment of this fun-filled visit. We pick up where we left off, after our trip to Milford Sound, followed by a day trip to Arrowtown. We were back in Queenstown and enjoying the sights, … Continue reading

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Our Summer Adventure to the South Island with BaBa and NuNu, Part 2

Okay, on to part of the trip where we really get down to the business of experiencing the drama of the South Island… January 5: our day in Milford Sound. We started by getting up early in the morning and … Continue reading

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