Friday, 12 September 2014

Kyk na ons plante, wortel deursnee 8cm - www . aardskip . com - What do you think our stalk with 88 tamatoes. - Goto the weblog for more info.

This month is one of the hottest Septembers ever and this is a definite sign
of climate change.

In Durban the previous record temperature was 34 degrees C, if the forecasts
are correct it will reach a new record of 35 degrees. The other cities in
South Africa also have extreme temperatures for September.

Thus far this month we measured maximum of 37 outside and at the same time
the inside room temperature was only 25. Today again we measured 34 outside
and a mere 24 inside. The lowest that we measured outside was a cold 4
degrees C outside and at the same time the inside was a comfortable 17
degrees C. Do you also want an earthship?

At the moment I am busy installing the second bedroom's windows and door,
once this is done I'll finish off the ceiling. Then we will start tackling
the kitchen ceiling.

In the meantime the indoor's garden is doing well. My one tomatoe stalk,
that is now going for its second year, has currently 88 tomatoes, see photo.
On the other side of the garden is my carrots and one carrot has a diameter
of 8cm, see other photo.

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Hierdie maand is een van die warmste Septembers ooit en dit is 'n
definitiewe teken van klimaatsverandering.

Bv. in Durban was die vorige rekord temperatuur 34 grade C, indien die
voorspellings korrek is, sal dit 'n nuwe rekord tempratuur van 35 grade
bereik. Die ander stede in Suid-Afrika het ook 'uiterste temperature vir
September.

Tot dusver hierdie maand het ons 'n maksimum van 37 buite gemeet en op
dieselfde tyd was die kamertemperatuur net 25. Vandag het ons 34 buite
gemeet en binne was dit slegs 24. Die laagste wat ons buite gemeet het, was
'n koue 4 grade C buite en op dieselfde tyd was die binnekant is 'n
gemaklike 17 grade C. Wil u ook 'n aardskip hê?

Op die oomblik is ek besig om die tweede slaapkamer se vensters en deure te
installeer, sodra dit gedoen is sal ek die plafon klaar maak. Dan sal ons
die kombuis plafon aanpak.

In die tussentyd doen ons binnenshuistuin goed. My een tomatoe rank, wat nou
gaan vir sy tweede jaar, het tans 88 tamaties, sien foto. Aan die ander kant
van die tuin is my wortels en een wortel het 'n deursnee van 8 cm, sien
ander foto.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Foto van ons UV filter & lees wat ons besoekers sê - Read the visitors entries Jan & Feb 2014


Visitors book



Jan 2014


03/01/2014
* Trix & Louis du Toit - Middelburg - Sterkte & baie geluk met hierdie projek. Ons gaan kyk wat ons kan doen. / Good luck & congratulations on this project. We will see what we can do.
* Elsabe, Anneke, Anali Boshoff - Stellenbosch - Baie interessant, ons sal graag kom help! / Very interesting, we would like to help!
* Rossouw Minnaar - Pretoria
* JF Boshoff - Randfontein - Mooi / Beautiful
* CF Boshoff - Randfontein - Mooi / Beautiful
* Lombaard A - Pretoria - Baie innoverend / Very innovative


05/01/2014
* P de Beer - Pretoria - Goed gedaan / Well done
* H van Rooyen - Pretoria - Welgedaan / Well done
* M Fouche - Tzaneen - Inspirerend /Inspirational
* P & A & M de Beer - Pretoria - Knap gedaan! 'n Prestasie om op trots te wees!! / Well done! Something to be proud of!!


07/01/2014
* Van Zyl & Philip Naude, Martha de Villiers - Worcester - Baie interessant, dankie! / Very interesting, thank you!

08/01/2014
* Sonja Schwirzer - Nelspruit - Baie interessant huis, julle is 'n voorbeeld vir almal. Sterke met als in 2014. / Very interesting house, you are an example to us all. Success for 2014.
* Robert & Magda Brand - Jan Kempdorp - Ons was verstom. Dit wil gedoen wees! / We were stunned. Well done!

09/01/2014
* Morrie, Este, Amanda, Trevor Willemse - Port Elizabeth - Interessant en baie innoverend. Baie interessant. / Interesting and very innovative. Very interesting.
* Hannes & Janie Bester - Roodepoort - Indrukwekkend. Dankie vir die leersame toer deur die huis :-) / Impressive. Thanks for the informative tour of the house :-)

13/01/2014
* Paul & Jacoba du Plessis - Kimberley - Baie leersaam. Baie dankie. / Very informative. Thank you.

15/01/2014
* Felix - Erlangen, Duitsland - interessant! / interesting!
* Anton & Susan Beaurain - Groblersdal - Baie oulik / Very cute

19/01/2014
* Surina Esterhuyse - Bloemfontein - Baie goed! Het dit baie geniet om dit te sien! / Very good! Enjoyed it very much to see it!

24/01/2014
* Muller & Hoffman - Bloemfontein - Kreatief, interessant, skeppend. / Creative, interesting, creative.

27/01/2014
* Gerhard Myburg - Perth Australia - Lyk baie goed. Baie sterkte met die projek. / Looks very good. Good luck with the project.

29/01/2014
* Francois & Yufu Jacobs - Toronto, Canada - Baie goed en insiggewend. / Very good and informative.

31/01/2014
* Rentia Bartlett - Pretoria - Sterkte met die aardskip, ons hoop julle woon, leef, werk hier gelukkig en in weelde. / Good luck with the earthship, we hope you live, live, work and happy here in luxury.
* Stefan Mohl - Pretoria


Feb 2014

04/02/2014
* Charles & Retha Schoeman - - Baie interessant / Very interesting

08/02/2014
* R Riche - Volksrust - Cool

10/02/2014
* JT Keynders - Fochville - Baie kreatief en besonders / Very creative and special

11/02/2014
* DJ Steffens - Sunrise on sea Eastern Cape - Baie geleer & self ondervind / Learned & experienced a lot
* Danie Venter - Coligny - Vat jou tyd, dit sal werk. / Take your time, it will work.


17/02/2014
* Johan Visser - Gariepdam - Uitstekend goeie boumetode / Excellent good building method

20/02/2014
* Anushka Life - Melkbosstrand - Julle is geniaal!! 'n Ware voorbeeld. :-) / You are a genius !! A true example. :-)
* Pierre Ackermann - Phalaborwa - Fantasties

24/02/2014
* Johan & Amanda Strauss - Boksburg - Baie beïndruk met die huis. Sal weer kom as julle klaar is!! / Very impressed with the house. Will come again when you are finished !!
* Terrance & Debbie Cout - Warner Beach - Moerse impressive!! / Very impressive!!

25/02/2014
* Brain Rademeter - Prins Albert - Inspirerend! / Inspirational!

26/02/2014
* Nic & T Olivier - Tosea - Iets nuut vir my! Goed! - Something new to me! Good!
* Gerhard Richter - Thabazimbie - Interessant.

27/02/2014
* Frits Piso - Nieuwegein, Nederland - Amazing!




Nota: 

Foto is ­van die ultra violet filter om die drinkwater te steriliseer. So ons besoekers kry 'n heerlike glas suiwer reënwater.


Photo is the UV filter underneath the zink for the drinking water. All our  visitors can get a glass of ice cold pure rain water.





vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson
Pos: Posbus 186, Orania 8752, Suid Afrika
Sel: +27 53 207 0029
Tel: +27 73 134 9671

Web: http://www.aardskip.com
Bakkies: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aardskip
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115

Aardskip donations / skenkings
Bank: ABSA
Swift code: ABSAZAJJ
Branch: 632005
Account name: LRHV Everson
Account nr: 9272495193
Reference: Aardskip

Monday, 25 August 2014

Progress of ceiling in second room - www.aardskip.com - 2e kamer se plafon vorder.

This past week we continued with the ceiling in the second bedroom. See photo.

If you asked how do we cut the wood to fit so perfectly in the arch, we will not tell you. Joke, we first measure the arch and then cut a cardboard template and then make the wooden ceiling panel. Tedious process, but it works. By the way the wooden ceiling panels are made from second hand solar panel pallets.

We also started to bake bread in the solar oven and it works very well, thank you very much.

Feedback: The grey water system is working fine again.

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Die afgelope week het ons voortgegaan met die plafon in die tweede slaapkamer. Sien foto.

As jy vra hoe hoe doen ons dit om die hout so perfek te laat pas in die boog, sal ons jou nie vertel nie. Grap, ons meet eers die boog en dan maak ons 'n karton sjabloon en dan saag ons die hout plafon paneel uit. ´n Uitgerekte proses, maar dit werk.

Ons het ook begin brood in die sonoond te bak en dit werk baie goed, baie dankie.

Terugvoering: Die gryswaterstelsel werk weer goed.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Saturday, 16 August 2014

3rd bedroom corridor window and door done - www.aardskip.com - 3e kamer se gangvensters en deur voltooi

Die derde kamer is nou afrond en ek en Retha slaap nou in die kamer. Dit is die eerste slaapkamer met 'n deur, vensters en plafon. Die plafon maak die kamer se temperatuur baie meer gerieflik as die ander vertrekke in die aardskip. Bo op die plafon het ons ook tweedehandse polistireen geplaas vir
ekstra isolasie.

Die foto wys die derde slaapkamer se deur en venster van die gang se kant. Kyk hoe groot is die piesangboom.

Die week het ons begin met die plafon van die tweede slaapkamer.

Ander interessantheidjie is dat die gryswater was nie die week genoeg vir die spoel van die toilet nie. Gelukkig is daar 'n eenrigting klep wat ons kan oop draai om die toilet te spoel met drinkwater (soos in ander huise). Die tekort aan spoel water was waarskynlik omdat daar 'n verstopping was en
van die water weg gevloei het na die septiesetenk. Daar is 'n klep wat die gryswaterpyp verbind aan die swartwaterpyp om oorvloei te voorkom. Hopelik het ons het die verstopping skoon gekry. Dit vetfilter het nogal heelwat vet in gehad, wat waarskynlik in die gryswater pyp vasgesit het.

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The third room is finished and Retha and myself moved to this room so that we can start with the second room. This is the first bedroom with a door, windows and a ceiling. The ceiling makes the room much more comfortable than the other rooms in the earthship. Above the ceiling, we also placed second-hand polystyrene for extra insulation.

The photo shows the door and window of the third bedroom from the corridor's side. See how big the banana tree.

This week we start with the ceiling of the second bedroom.

Other interesting point is that grey water was not enough to flush the toilet. Fortunately, there is a valve which can be opened to flush the toilet with drinking water (like in other modern homes). The shortage of flush water was probably because there was a blockage in the grey water pipe, and the waters flowed to the septic tank. There is a valve that connects to the grey water pipe with the black water pipe to prevent overflow inside the house. Hopefully we've got the blockage cleared. We
cleaned the grease filter which had quite a lot of fat, which was probably stuck in the grey water pipe.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Blomkool - www-aardskip-com - cauliflower

Ons is klaar met die installering van die deur en die glas van die derde slaapkamer. Drie verskillende diktes glas (3-6mm) is gebruik, afhangende van die grootte en die doel van die ruite. Volgende week sal ons met die derde kamer afrond en dan sal ons oor trek na die derde kamer en begin werk aan die tweede kamer se plafon en glas/venster muur.

Hier is die foto van ons groot blomkool met 'n deursnee van meer as 30 cm. Die wit bak in die agtergrond is 'n standaard grote roomysbak. Tussen hakkies die plantjie was geplant in Mei 2013, maar het eers 'n paar maande gelede begin blom.

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We finished installing the door and the glass of the third bedroom. Three different thicknesses of glass (3-6mm) was used, depending on the size and purpose of the glass panes. Next week we will be finished with the third room and then we will move in to the room and start with the second room's ceiling and glass/window wall.

Here is the photo of our huge cauliflower with diameter of more than 30cm. The seeds of the cauliflower was planted May 2013, but it only started to from a flower a couple of moths ago.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Snappy installed - www.aardskip.com - Snappy geïnstalleer

Hierdie week het ons die Snappy induksieplaat in die kombuistafel geïnstalleer .

Ons het ook begin met die installering van die deur van die derde slaapkamer.

Binnekort sal ek foto's plaas van ons groot blomkool met 'n deursnee van meer as 30cm en wortel met 'n deursnee van byna 10cm.

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This week we installed the Snappy induction plate in the kitchen tabletop.

We also started installing the door of the third bedroom.

Soon I will post some photos of our huge cauliflower with diameter of more than 30cm and carrot with diameter of almost 10cm in the planter.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Pos: Posbus 186, Orania 8752, Suid Afrika
Tel: +27 73 134 9671
Web: http://www.aardskip.com
Bakkies: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aardskip
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115

Aardskip donations / skenkings
Bank: ABSA
Swift code: ABSAZAJJ
Branch: 632005
Account name: LRHV Everson
Account nr: 9272495193
Reference: Aardskip

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Backup gas geyser installed - aardskip - rugsteun gasgeiser geïnstalleer

Last week I've designed a solar system for the Groot Geluk neighbourhood next to Orania. This phase of the project will have a 24kW peak power and 100kWh units per day capability. The system will have in the order of 92 PV panels and give power to 20 households.

In the photo you see the portable gas geyser that I bought at Kragdag. Currently it is installed so that it can be used with the simple turn of a valve. However it can very easily be move to where it is most needed.

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Verlede week het ek 'n sonkragstelsel vir die Groot Geluk buurt langs Orania ontwerp. Hierdie fase van die projek sal 'n piek krag van 24kW en 100kWh eenhede per dag lewer. Die stelsel sal in die orde van 92 panele elektriese krag hê en gee krag aan 20 huishoudings.

In die foto sien julle die draagbare gasgeiser wat ek by Kragdag gekoop het. Tans is dit so geïnstalleer sodat dit gebruik kan word met die eenvoudige draai van 'n klep. Terselfde tyd kan dit baie maklik geneem word na die plek waar dit die nodigste is.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson
Pos: Posbus 186, Orania 8752, Suid Afrika
Sel: +27 73 134 9671
Tel: +27 53 207 0029
Web: http://www.aardskip.com
Bakkies: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aardskip
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Interesante toeriste van ZA - www.aardskip.com - interesting visitors from NL.

This week we had a couple of interesting visitors.

On Friday we were visited by a couple, Roger and Lettia, that took a year off work and travel around Southern Africa doing bird watching. We met them in Nieu-Bethesda on a camping site and they decide to visit Orania.

Saturday we had another couple that travelled with their Land Rover all the way from the Netherlands to Orania. Andrea and Jeroen earn their living by writing interesting articles for various Dutch magazines and newspapers. Their article on Orania will be in "Het Parool", http://www.parool.nl/. Probably next Saturday.

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Hierdie week het ons het 'n paar baie interessante besoekers gehad.

Vrydag het ons besoek gehad deur 'n egpaar, Roger en Lettia, wat 'n hele jaar van van hulle werk afgeneem het en reis in Suider-Afrika om voëls te besigtig. Ons het hulle in Nieu-Bethesda op 'n kampplek ontmoet en hulle het besluit om Orania te besoek.

Saterdag het nog 'n paartjie ons besoek, wat na Orania gereis met hulle Land Rover al die pad van Nederland. Andrea en Jeroen verdien hulle geld deur artikels te skryf van interessanthede vir verskeie Nederlandse tydskrifte en koerante. Hulle artikel oor Orania sal in "Het Parool" verskyn. Waarskynlik
volgende Saterdag.

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Deze week hadden we interessante bezoekers.

Op vrijdag werden we bezocht door een paar, Roger en Lettia, dat een jaar door Zuid-Afrika reizen en vogels kijken. We ontmoetten hen in Nieu-Bethesda op een camping en ze besluiten om Orania te bezoeken.

Zaterdag hadden we een ander koppel dat reisden met hun Land Rover helemaal vanuit Nederland naar Orania. Andrea en Jeroen hun brood verdienen door het schrijven van interessante artikelen voor verschillende Nederlandstalige tijdschriften en kranten. Hun artikel over Orania zal in "Het Parool" zijn. Waarschijnlijk volgende week zaterdag.
- vertaald met behulp van google -

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Die fotovoltpanele is op die - www.aardskip.com - we have placed the PV pannels on the roof.

In die foto sien u die fotovoltpanele op die dak en ook die span wat gehelp het om dit daar te kry. V.L.N.R. Tommie, Jaco, Arno en CJ. Die aksie was moontlik gemaak deur Tommie wat die aluminium fabriek in Orania besit. Die aluminium dwarslatte wat gebruik was om die pannel so netjies vas te maak is ontwerp en gemaak deur Tommie. 'n Groot deel van Tommie se fabriek werk ook op sonkrag. Dankie Tommy en die res van die span.

Agter die venters sien julle on kop hoë piesangboom, botterskorsie ranke en 'n hele spul tamaties.

Die grys watersel se vetfilter is skoon gemaak.

Temperature die week was so laag as -3 grade buite en tog terselfde tyd 12 grade binne.

Verder het ons 'n draagbare rugsteun gas geyser geïnstaleer vir die dae wat dit so bewolk is.

Laastens is daar ook nou 'n Ultra Violet waterfilter geplaas om die koue drinkwater te steriliseer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_germicidal_irradiation


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In the picture you can see the PV panels on the roof and also the team that helped. F.l.t.r. Tommy, Jaco, Arno and CJ. The action was made possible by Tommy that owns the aluminum factory in Orania. The aluminum crossbars that were used for the panels was designed and made by Tommy. A large part of Tommy's factory also works on solar energy.

Inside the earthship you see banana tree, butternut creepers and a whole bunch of tomatoes.

Temperatures this week were as low as -3 degrees outside and yet at the same time 12 degrees inside.

Furthermore we installled a portable backup gas geyser installed for the cloudy days.

Finally, there is also an Ultra Violet water filter placed to sterilize cold drinking water.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson en die PV instalasie span (Tommy, Jaco, CJ & Arno)

Pos: Posbus 186, Orania 8752, Suid AfrikaA
Sel: +27 73 134 9671
Tel: +27 53 207 0029
Web: http://www.aardskip.com
Bakkies: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aardskip
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

First room with ceiling - www.aardskip.com - praatjie by Kragdag

The last couple of weeks we worked on the ceiling, of what we call the 3rd bedroom. However this is the first bedroom with a ceiling. At the same time we had to place the final window and wooden wall of the bedroom. We still need to place the actual glass. In the photo you will also see our banana tree in the planter and the fact we already have guests in the room.

This week we are honoured that Ludwig was invited to give a talk on the Aardskip Project and other alternative energy projects in Orania at Kragdag, at 15:40 on Thursday the 26st of June 2014. Kragdag is an alternative energy expo close to Pretoria. To visit the expo go to their website for more info:
http://kragdag.com/winkel/index.php?main_page=page&id=17


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Die afgelope paar weke het ons gewerk het aan die plafon, van wat ons die 3e slaapkamer noem, maar dit is die eerste slaapkamer met 'n plafon. Terselfdertyd het ons die finale venster en hout muur van die slaapkamer
ingesit. Verder moet ons nog die glas insit. In die foto sal julle ook ons piesangboom sien en die feit dat ons reeds gaste in die kamer is.

Hierdie week is ons geëerd dat Ludwig uit genooi is om 'n praatjie oor die Aardskip projek en ander alternatiewe energie-projekte in Orania by Kragdag te gee, om 15:40 op Donderdag die 26ste Junie 2014. Kragdag is 'n alternatiewe energie Ekspo naby Pretoria.

Om na die praatjie te kom luister, gaan na hulle webwerf vir meer inligting:
http://kragdag.com/winkel/index.php?main_page=page&id=17
Kragdag is naby Pretoria:
http://kragdag.com/winkel/index.php?main_page=roete 


vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson