Tag Archives: Building on a mountainside

Windy Days

Wednesday The wind has started to pump and it’s not due to stop for some time. This is the wind forecast for Fish Hoek… It’s going to be breezy! Meanwhile, the temperature has been up and it has been very … Continue reading

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When Will The House Be Finished?

Sunday It’s been a restful Sunday.  We went to the 8am church service which was a children’s nativity play. It was very cute. The sermon was also directed towards the children and the service ended up being 45 minutes long. … Continue reading

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Our Concept Plans Have Been Sent

It’s already been a long journey. Mike designed a dream house, had it squashed down by red tape and council rules; he then designed another (smaller) dream house, changed it (several times), repositioned it at least once and tweaked it many … Continue reading

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Whose House Is This Anyway?

Today Truffles had a visitor. A crazy, cat chasing, yappy, excited Meggy. Meggy is Riana’s dog and she has a thing about cats. She loves to chase them, harass them, torment them and most of all bark at them. Truffles … Continue reading

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Measuring Out Our Grand Design!

Today was another step towards building a house on the mountainside.  It was April 8th 2016 when I first started adding information about this mammoth project on my blog. In the last 2 years and almost 4 months we have … Continue reading

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Happy Dance!

I worked for an hour and a half last night and got on top of a whole lot of admin! It meant this morning, I could head for gym and start work on my return. The biggest irritation for me … Continue reading

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Buying the Echo Road Cottage Part 2

If you read this today for the first time, to get the picture you need to go and read what I wrote yesterday. So the next day dawned. I looked it up. It was 15th December 2014. Stacey and Adrian were … Continue reading

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Compromise

To be a fly on the wall at our house, you will hear many conversations about what to do build, how to build and the differing options and possibilities. If Plan A doesn’t work out at Echo, we have a … Continue reading

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A Man With A Plan

Today Mike again was a man with a plan. He came up with a possibility to build what we want to build without needing neighbour’s permission. Yesterday we thought about it for a bit and concluded the two neighbours behind … Continue reading

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Moment of Truth

That was what we found out today. We had a call to say the building inspector would stop by and let us know what all the regulations are regarding our new building project. There’s good news and there’s bad news. … Continue reading

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We May Not Be Able To Build

“We may not be able to build at all.” These were the sobering words the builder said today when we met at the site along with the engineer. The plot is so steep. There is already a cottage on it. … Continue reading

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80 Steps

Mike has been spending hours designing the house on the mountainside. Today he dropped the bombshell. It will take 80 steps for us to get from the street to the front door.  80 steps. That’s a lot of steps. It … Continue reading

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Storm Damage and Breaking Ground

Last night’s storm was pretty significant. This morning when I left for gym I was surprised by some of the damage. There were a number of trees down and a lot of debris on the road. We ourselves had our … Continue reading

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Sunset From The Bed

Today has been a typical Monday with quite a lot of work in the morning, gym at lunchtime, a little work in the afternoon and a sunset from the bed. Between it all, I have tried to contact our building … Continue reading

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God is Faithful!

Mike and I speak often about ‘building at Echo!’ We call the place at which we want to build “Echo cottage” so the phrase ‘building at Echo’ comes up often. There are many hurdles and challenges. Mike is cautious. He … Continue reading

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