After burning some of the granite rock out of the way we start digging. How hard can it be after all?
Mr Didymus & Mr Tongai in the easy trench
Edmore getting that earth out
and then signing off for the day
Well up here what you see on top is not what is lurking underneath – more rocks.
OK more burning was to come. The rocks are all under ground too!
after burning – well nearly after
Somethings still alight in there
And it is a building site with a pretty good view too.
It slowly goes down in size
We have to dig round out to burn it. Lots of digging
Temporary retaining wall
The men who bring the sand and gravel take a look at progress
If this tree was to fall down…
Mr Garikai does the job first
and shows us how its done
He’s getting good at this
The site is ready
Measuring for the footings
Our next new building project has started at Hornbydale. I won’t give the game away yet but will make posts under rondavel extension.
Mr Willard collecting firewood
Digging the foundation trenches has mainly been about burning our way through a large number of boulders over the last two months. Here’s how it works…
First, collect a vast amount of firewood (eg saw up a full size pine tree).
Mr Ramius bringing more firewood
Second, make a bonfire around and over the offending boulder.
Mr Didmus at bonfire
The blaze must be large enough (ie hot enough) to burn red hot for 8-12 hours so it’s generally an overnight process before the rock is hot enough.
Mr Didmus tends the fire
Through this time the granite will start mildly exploding and cracks will develop to various depths – some surface flakes and some deep bisecting cracks if we are very lucky!
Mr Didmus and Snoopy at the fire
Attack the rock
Mr Willard at work with the mattock
Then with a combination of brute force and a very strong crow bar start opening the cracks.
Mr Willard has success
The whole process can take numerous ‘burns’ for rocks embedded in the earth.
The audience: Albert, Didmus, Ramius, Snoopy, Megan
Mr Tongai in action
The really good side to all this is that we will use the new rock pieces as building material, instead of buying bricks. More on that once we start building…
Mr Willard & Mr Tongai