urbanpermacultr: Tried my hands at making a simple rocket stove using only cinder blocks and a hammer to knock out the middle. Oh and some readily available wood.
whoa, I never thought of this. I assume cinder blocks are generally good safe when heated?
Yeah, cinder blocks can take the heat since they’re basically formed concrete. Repeated use will eventually make them crack from the thermal shock, particularly in the winter. But we’re not talking explosive force here.
A worthwhile means to cook one’s food over a fire whether at home or out there, far from the familiar.
When Marechal Joachim Murat became King of Naples 1808 he set about reorganizing the country and the army to suit his needs. One of Murat’s most practiced hobbies was designing his own spectacular military uniforms. Now with an entire country under his control he set about designing and clothing the entire Neapolitan Army to his fashion.
Here can be seen the uniforms of the Guides of the Royal Guard.
El Masr Chateau
Since the 18th Century, Cologny has been home to some beautiful country houses. As one of the eight towns juxtaposing the city of Geneva, Cologny is the least populated town and thus emphasizes its village character, which is mainly residential.
Towards the end of the 18th Century, Jean-Paul Demierre purchased this property belonging to the Geneva cooper. It was his son, Ami Demierre, who built the tower at the entrance to this property, now covered with ivy. This tower is identical to the Champel Tower, since Ami Demierre used the materials left over from building the latter.
When this property was bought at the end of the 19th Century by Scotsman Charles Floods, who had just returned from Egypt where he made his fortune, he kept this tower and had the architects Bourrit and Simmler build a half Gothic, half Oriental style chateau in 1883-1884, which he named El Masr, meaning the Egyptian.
Since then the current owner spent five years renovating this building. From the columns to the roof, everything has been renovated with great care, respecting each detail in order to perfectly maintain the Neo-Elizabethan style, which was very fashionable in Great Britain at the time of the initial construction of the chateau. The chandeliers of this residence were created especially in Murano for this chateau, and the marble fountains and statues that decorate the outside of this chateau were imported from Venice in order to maintain the harmony of this trend.
The Chateau El Masr is the only example in Geneva of Neo-Tudor style. This home is comprised of a terrace donjon and a turret staircase with an incredible view over Calvin’s City and the Lake Geneva water fountain. This delightful locale also has crenels, machicolations, and a seigniorial chapel.