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Retreat - Shed Week 2008 Photo Competition

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:22 AM
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I'll be posting more about this year's National Shed Week on Friday so do drop by for that, but in the meantime don't forget that as well as the Shed of the Year competition, there's also a photo competition. And here's a lovely example, self-taught "mosaiker" StJohnsGypsy 's Retreat, the kind of shedlike structure that brings out plenty of oohs and aahs. It's simple to enter the competition - all you need to do is upload your shed or shed-related photo to the Shed Week 2008 pool and you could be a winner.

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lonely no more dare ga-nome

by paul from Austin ModHouse  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:36 AM
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about a week ago we had a violent hail and electrical storm roll through the area.  our plants suffered hail damage as did some of our cars.  many trees in the area just couldn't stand up any longer.if you check this link over at austintreehouse.com you will see pics of...

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Nul points*

by modernemama (noreply@blogger.com) from Beach House  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:37 AM
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Even united by a made-up language Belgium can't win. Last night was the first semi-final of The Eurovision Song Contest and Belgium failed to qualify for Saturday's final. So sad, so cruel.Don't despair, through the power of the internets I bring you [...]

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lucas kuys’ ark, or, a little retreat that floats

by Justin from materialicious  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:54 AM
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Alex at Shedworking spotted artist Lucas Kuys’ little floating retreat (for sale) and I was immediately struck by it’s resemblance to the Retreat, an 18′ Shanty Boat Deluxe, by William Atkin, one of America’s most famous small boat designers (see plans and a pic, below). I love these little buggers. Think: Tumbleweed Tiny Houses that [...]

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Less than 2000 Acres of Blackland Prarie still remain. Agave is one of them. Hence, God has already chosen much of our landscaping plans...

by a.times.4 (Alana and Alex on Agatha in Agave) (noreply@blogger.com) from atimes4  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:37 AM
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Thanks to our neighbor, Sybil, we learned much--very important much--about the native land Agave resides within.Agave is situated in an area which is called "The Blackland Praries". This prarie which consists of areas far to the North and down to San [...]

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picking flowers from other's blogs

by a.times.4 (Alana and Alex on Agatha in Agave) (noreply@blogger.com) from atimes4  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:35 AM
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For my friends and family...so I dont have to redirect you to Sybil's blog, I give her credit for the following pictures as that's where I nabbed them from.The one of the wildflowers was actually taken in her yard and, just as in our yard, these are the [...]

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Work Wise UK Summit - (long-ish) roundup

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:18 AM
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The Work Wise UK Summit took place today at the QEII Conference Centre in London with speeches from the Rt Hon. Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, plus Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC and Edmund King, president of the Automobile Association. The theme was the environmental impacts of work and how the wider adoption of smarter working practices could make a major contribution to solving the environmental catastrophe predicted by many. Dr Richard Betts, head of climate impacts at the Met Office Hadley Centre, said: "The world is definitely getting warmer, and it is very likely that this is due to our ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. To slow down climate change, we will need to reduce our emissions - smarter working could make an important contribution to this." David Lennan, chairman of Work Wise UK, said; “More and more organisations are realising that they have a moral and social obligation to consider, and mitigate, their activities’ impact upon the environment in which they operate. There are a myriad of ways in which organisations can introduce smarter working practices, even where it is not immediatly apparent. There are various forms of smarter working, including regular or occasional home working, various forms of flexible working, remote and mobile working.” One of the key benefits of smarter working is that it reduces the overall need to travel. Edmund King, AA president said: “Three hundred AA employees are saving 90,000 litres of fuel or 620,000 miles commuting each year by working from home. The AA and our employees benefit in many ways. Homeworkers can do a split shift which covers the busiest times on the road in the morning and evening peak. In transport terms home working cuts out the commute, reduces congestion and carbon emissions. Hopefully other companies will follow the AA lead to put more workers on the superhighway rather than the actual highway now that the technology is much more affordable.” Ben Plowden, director, smarter travel unit, at Transport for London said: “Smarter working is a concept that fits perfectly with smarter travel programmes. By offering people flexibility in when and where they work, as well as how they get there, we can all benefit – economically, environmentally and socially.” TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “Real progress has been made in persuading more employers to offer innovative flexible working practices. Those employers that take the plunge report back benefits to their business, including improved productivity, reduced costs, and better staff recruitment, retention and motivation. What a shame then that all we ever seem to hear from the business lobby is continued negativity towards flexible working. Last week’s all-so-predictable bleating around extending the right to request was a case in point. “But despite the good news on flexible working, over the last year there have been worrying signs of a long hours cultural renaissance. An increasing number of employees are expected to work more than 48 hours a week and put in extra hours for free. We must all work to ensure that these are temporary blips and not developing trends. As we enter a period of economic uncertainty, it’s tempting for employers to retreat from innovative working practices and instead work existing staff harder and longer. But the need for increased productivity is greater than ever, which makes this the perfect time for companies to introduce smarter working practices. Those employers who are keen to make flexible working work for their business and staff will find willing accomplices in trade unions.”

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Healthcare Rant

by modernemama (noreply@blogger.com) from Beach House  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
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The Guy and I received a letter from our ophthalmologist to say he was leaving the practice. As we were both due check ups in June I phoned immediately to get switched to the other eye doctor there. No problem I was told, except they were booking three [...]

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More flooring!

by Albo from Diary of a Vermont Eco Builder  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:38 AM
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Working on the entry floor now… Had to take off the already installed baseboard (our mistake to put it on), but damage was minimal. Maple plywood subfloor measuring and cutting. Once again Marmoleum is going down since it’s inexpensive, “green”, and quick and easy to install now that we’re done it a bunch of times. Here you see the [...]

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Virgina Plat House - exterior complete

by lavardera (noreply@blogger.com) from LamiDesign Modern House Plan Blog  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:24 AM
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A few new photos from the owner of the Virginia Plat House today. The siding is all done and the exterior more or less finished. The interior work is beginning now.Here is the master bedroom side of the house. I liked this photo because it gives you a [...]

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