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Re: GSBN:Next International Conference

Dear Timok,

strength and a new perspektive for your new house to you and your family.
Shocking a fire like that. Did your electricity system had been conform your
local standard? And are you insured?

If not how do you feel with  Bill Christensens proposal for an alternative
insurance? Possibly you might need some rest and accept someone of your
friends to coordinate a new start.

Here in France we are ensured at about a 40% higher rate than standard
houses. The category is for "not solid" buildings (stone) such as woodden
The yearly amount is about 320 Euros for a low level insurance, quite

Luckily we finished our house and worrying about failing render and
moisturous walls is finally over. At the moment there are no tourists in the
house. So if you would like some time off, (maybe 2 weeks or so) as a
contribution for your new start? Look for www.ecovacancesbretagne.com
Plozevet house.

Best wishes, Martin Oehlmann

----- Original Message -----
From: "timok" timok@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 7:46 PM
Subject: Re: GSBN:Next International Conference

> hello all,
> I have been waiting until I could say something useful but a few of you
> heard and so I just wanted to send this note.
> the home I have been working on for more than two years now, and was to be
> completed as of today, burned to the ground on the last day of the
> International conference. I had made the very hard decision to not come to
> the conference in order to finish the home. As some of you who know my
> might guess there was not a part of the structure un- sculpted or uniquely
> finished and the irriplacability of the art and nature in the building has
> left me in deep unknowing.
> the fires cause is unknown but seems to have started from a long running
> electrical short in a wood frame wall when a breaker did not trip. the
> and cob walls kept the fire from spreading to the 40 acres we live on and
> the 3000 acre ranch around us. I always new they would protect my home
> the forest but who knew they would protect the forest from my home.
> we are still in shock and are trying to asses the way forward. many have
> offered help and I don't know yet how to receive it. I will keep you all
> informed as there is any clarity and or useful lessons for the straw bale
> movement but for now we are trying to nurture our family, who are all
> unharmed physically, and find a warm cocoon for the winter to let out all
> our insides and see what will reform out of this.
> I would love any proceedings that might have come out of the conference.
> there anything planned in this regard?
> but most of all I am sorry I missed my church with so many of my friends
> respected collaborators in the attempt to make living on this planet more
> humane.
> I hope and trust you are all well and inspired,
> Tim

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