Winter stuff

Tried out something new recently, snow trekking. This is basically walking through the mountains of the Apennines in winter using snow shoes. We have had a good dump of snow recently, not too much around the house, where it has been falling as rain, but above a 1000m it’s been…

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A (very) cold walk in the mountains

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The geography of Italy produces some very interesting results, it is widely considered that the food of the region is very much tied up with its topography. Much of the country is covered in mountains, like where we live, which is part of the Apennines. Living in or near mountains…

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I spoke too soon

I was a bit premature with my last blog, turns out there were a couple of things that had to be added. Namely this, which is the safety line anchor point for when someone is working on the roof. This is a new legal requirement for roof design. Everything is…

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The next floor goes in

In a similar process to creating the ground floor slab, wooden formers are used to create the shape of the next pour of concrete. The outer ring of reinforced cement is shaped by many pieces of wood, used in place by a multitude of fixings. Below the wooden structure shapes…

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Late October

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Well the boys are storming along, they are now at the level of the next floor up. The preparation now needs to be done to get ready for the next ring of reinforced steel that goes in at the first floor level. In addition to the top of the wall….

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Mid October

Things are moving pretty quickly, the base for the walls of the kitchen have gone in and the level of the walls has come over the retaining wall which can be seen above. And from this the size and shape of the house is starting to come together.

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Chestnut flour

This is the time of year when the chestnuts are collected to make flour. Chestnut flour is very popular with cake makers, it has a naturally sweet nutty taste that is ideal. Most flour these days is made by industrial processes, but there are still a few people dotted around…

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October

With the slab down the walls can start going up. A retaining wall is built into the embankment to make sure not of it falls forward, and a drain is added to the bottom so any water that might accumulate can run off. The wall continues to come up to…

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