Jo Blick's Profile

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My Gender

Female

A Little about Me

We moved to France in 2006, to manage a self-build project here because of the extortionate price of land in the UK. We sell secondhand household goods and antiques at French markets and restore and import french antique woodstoves to the UK. The recession has put a halt to all our plans and we had to move into a rented flat in 2009 to survive the winters. Although only 50, I am now disabled and my blokey has arthritis in his knee. Our cabin is for leisure only and will never be a primary residence, but it is a perfect spot for an eco-tourist fishing/cycling/canoing retreat. It's absolutely gorgeous with potential to keep tonnes of people happy and comfortable. I also think it has potential to generate solar power and I don't want to give it up until I've exhausted all the possibilities. I do need help though. We have no UK property, no pensions and no savings. All we have is our cabin. I think we'd be most likely to be of benefit to people wanting to settle in france, have free accommodation at the cabin while they look around. It has solar power, a flush loo, a well with certified water, woodstove and is dry inside. We lived there for 3 years , but with no plumbing, and no money to invest, it got the better of us and our 14 year old felt too isolated. It is 4k from the nearest town and 1k from the village shop.

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My Build Projects

THE COMMENTS ON MY PROJECT HAVE BEEN OVERLOADED WITH SPAM SO i AM GOING TO BE TAKING THE PAGE DOWN SOON UNLESS THEY ARE REMOVED. I HAVE NO TIME TO REPEATEDLY CLEAN THE PAGE. It's a leisure cabin built about 25 years ago, on a tranquil piece...

Why I Build Sustainably

because it's sustainable?

Skills I would like to Work on or Share.

Need willing hands, able-bodied or disabled, electrics especially PV & 12/240volt, plumbing, tree surgeon Can offer knowledge on IT, Graphics & web design, Mental health, recycling management, event management, car & bike mechanics, DIY, stove restoration, antiques,crafts, mosaics, dressmaking, gardening, eco-activism.

My Life Philosophy

Sustainability and durability are two of our favorite words. We are not religious. We have transport and we cycle a lot. Problem solving attitude, creative. Easy going. Ex-festival organisers 15 yrs.

Building Styles I have Experience in

Straw Bale
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)

My Building Qualifications

none

My Occupation

Designer, visual arts. & Brocanteur/restoration.

What I Read, Watch, and Listen to

ecclectic.

My Website

Building Styles I'm Interested in

Cob
Rammed Earth
Earthship/used tires
Straw Bale
Adobe/Mud Bricks
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
I have ideas see the file I uploaded
Use of what's to hand. Have always been on a very limited budget. "Waste is the only natural resource we have left" Mutoid waste Co. 1989

My Education

RMN nurse until 2008, lots of experience of outdoor living, recycling managment and lived in France since 2006. Speak French as a second language.

My Eating Habits

Omnivore
food not included