Quinn and I tagged along with Darcy's kindy class when they visited a local earth brick company to make stepping stones for their playground. The kids all brought something special to stick in their rich ochre hued paving stones and most added a hand or footprint alongside their name. Darcy took a feather from one of his chickens which he pressed in along with some stones. But neither he nor Quinn would put their hand in the mud mix, so I stuck mine in instead. My hand print has now been fired and has joined the many little hands and feet around the kindy sandpit this term.
I would love to one day build our own home using locally sourced and sustainable materials, solar passive design and recycled fittings. But while the boys are young I am quite happy to watch and learn as other people go through the design and building process. We may live in a less than perfect home but we do have more time to just be while we are renting here. Time to explore the bush and beach surrounding us while we live mortgage free for a little while. We will find a home to call our own again one day. And perhaps I will be able to convince my boys to get their hands dirty so that I can put some earth paving bricks in our garden.