A Bilbo Bench in the sun

All hobbit dwellings must have ample outdoor seating to catch the sun while smoking a pipe (health warning for humans of course!) or enjoying second breakfasts, elevenses and so forth.

I finally got round to turning the earthy bank on the sunny side of my non-hobbit haven into a nice bench, complete with tree roots and an embedded stone from the ancient hill of Baldrock here in Kaiwaka – the previous owner of our house in Kaiwaka was the local quarryman and blasted half the back side of the landmark into nice light-coloured, hard road chips for the Newmarket overpass among other things, before he was stopped by conservationists or just plain concerned locals… It’s now a reserve I believe.

Anyway, here are some photos.  I can make such features around any hobbit haven of course, happily! It’s simple enough to do, just takes patience and a caring eye – look to real trees and you can’t go wrong… I do try to post details and hints for ferro construction in http://www.fantasticferrocement.com for those who want to go DIY. And there’s always the ebook Fantastic Ferrocement.

Still a bit of a building site as you see, and the staining with iron salts not complete yet. But the doglets don’t mind, and neither do I, when there’s sunshine and coffee and Vogel’s toast with honey..

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A Desk With a View is one of the good things in Life

Here is an advantage of the polystyrene slab construction of the cabin, though I won’t be using it normally. I dug out some foot-room under the window in the tiny space so I could sit at the beloved window and write… The desk is an oak board on a swiveling pedestal of steel I bought ages ago. It can swivel for the gentle art of writing in bed, too, which I am employing now!

The view, I realise is currently of a pile of old tyre strips for raised beds and the unfinished yard. But beyond are the trees and sky… The laptop I put Hobbithaven on to cover up the irritating upside-down Toshiba logo which always used to make me try to open the thing upside down. Grr.. so much for  putting marketing above the customer’s convenience (the lid, of course when open showed the logo right way up from the other side) Here at Hobbit Haven we put Hobbits first (and Elves and wizards, men of the West  and Dwarves of course!).

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Hobbit Haven no.2 – 5 windows

This is a plan for a slightly bigger Hobbit Haven (4.4 by 3.2 metres, or approx 14 1/2 by 10 1/2 feet), with its width determined by the two windows and one door in the middle with sufficient space between them all. The depth (from front to rear wall) is determined by the height (1.8 metres or 5 foot 11 inches – for Big Folk this would be adjusted to 2.5 metres or 8 ft approx) and the arc from that – I like the idea of sticking to simple circles and part circles, which any sensible Hobbit would (I think) approve of.

Regarding the finials (the decorations above the door and the end walls): Hobbits are generally agreed to have a great fondness for flowers, and fruit, and therefore would I believe have in the classical period have carved finials in floral or fruit shapes. Likewise trees and tree forms of all kinds, including knotwork (now referred to as ‘Celtic’ knots).

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Bruno’s cabin design revisited

This is the latest plan of HobbitHaven no.1  for grandson Bruno in Gisborne – a chimney (all children like and EXPECT chimneys), and a rounded back which will be covered and blend the lines of the roof with the bank behind… The chimney can be a skylight, a lookout place, or even have a little potbelly stove under it.. Apologies for the fuzziness – my cellphone lens seems to be terminally fogged up – but very soon I will make a scale model and photograph it with the Big Camera.

One window faces down the path of the ‘Deep Dark Forest’, the other up it towards the back garden (and safety). The door (note the lattice windows) faces across the gully.

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Design for a Little folk’s hobbit cabin

Just drew this up for the consideration of my grandson (nearly 2) and his mum and dad. Look about right for the woods at the bottom of the garden? Interior simple with wooden table and chairs, and a little mattress for naps (well he must sleep sometimes?!) Insulated. flywire on window for summer. door glazed or lower half half paneled.Brass doorknob in the exact middle, of course, but with a latch to the left.

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Also for anyone out there who wants real Middle Earth architecture for their child’s first home away from home. Tree carvings and brickwork can be done to your taste – all in ferrocement. Colours from stained iron oxide (the rusty brown) to painted any colour the Gaffer approves… email me, etc peter@eutopia.co.nz .

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Hobbithaven now on Facebook

I prefer WordPress and the blog, but for the billion or so who don’t… you can now like Hobbithaven on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hobbit-cabins-and-Elven-Architecture/363445557191066 and see all the new posts from this blog which will automatically appear on the Facebook page. Follow us there or here – it’s the same content post by post –  only difference is this blog will soon have more pages with special interest topics – and of course it’s elegant WordPress! Either way, like hobbithaven, follow hobbithaven, and spread the word that Middle Earth is in New Zealand in little cabins and hobbitholes popping up (or down) in back yards, lifestyle paradises and woods all over this green land – I hope!

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The Dove of Kaiwaka bearing a message

Well it was a big wall to make for two dogs who didn’t get on and one fashion designer who didn’t stay on, but, the Bird is cool anyway, she’s there for the long haul, and hopefully she will draw attention to the hobbit constructions… Oval sign still has Jenny’s YBe.co.nz sign until she vacates mid-march. Got hobbithaven.nz linked to the website tonight. Yay! the .nz extension is cleaner than .co.nz.

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