I dug my feet into the clay earth, sand and straw today. This is what I built....together with about 19 other *cob oveners* and family (wink) at a workshop run by this beautiful place. We built it in the kitchen garden of a local state school. Lucky children. It just needs to dry for a bit now before the door is cut and the final render applied.
Hopefully now we'll see that dream of a smaller, perhaps artier version of the same pop up in my back garden very very soon.... what do you think?