Rachel's straw bale home in Pembrokeshire, Wales has no timber frame. The structure is
made from straw bales alone pegged with hazel sticks. Her home was
the first two storey load bearing straw bale house in the UK.
The home stands on a hill up a narrow path above the 12th
century St Dogmaels Abbey with a view over
the estuary once a lookout spot for pirates.
The partition wall
behind Rachel's wood burning stove stands on blue bottles (right)
where, in the winter, sunlight shines through them lighting up the
With such a narrow path through Rachel's woodland the best way
to bring materials to the site was by mule. Monty (below) is
Susanna Powell's shire mule. Monty needed a little encouragement
to haul the heavy oak logs up the hill so Susanna rigged up a
carrot that dangled in front of Monty's nose which was given to
Monty as a reward at the top of the hill.