OK, the holes have been dug, the stones have been burned and shattered…and burned again, we must be ready to start building now!
Adding cement on top of sand
The mixing starts
and really gets going!
Manual cement mixing
Gravel is added on top of the sand/cement
Until it looks like this with gravel covering the sand/cement mix
then just add water, and …
Garikai tips the first barrow load of concrete
Now we are really moving
Easy does it now
A good days work for Mr Farai
The concrete mixer had a good day too
Here are some ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots – so we can see how far we’ve come since 1st April 2014!
At the beginning – a burnt out shell of a building
A burnt out roofless structure
and suddenly ..
The tadpole building
Walls go up and extend the original rondavel
Looks better now
at sunset now
the original doorway
and now its an interior doorway!
And again from the inside – the original door and window to its left.
that original doorway from the inside
our masonry stove – faced in soap stone
Remember the saga of the stairs:
Mr Willard infront of the eventual stairs
Well we got there in the end!
stairs – unfinished
Looking down those stairs
And finally the school room up those stairs
Our Montessori school room upstairs in Tadpole
The Scottish play in our school library
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
Well the stairs were a bit of a mission in of themselves. To start with they had to follow the curve of the rondavel, plus I had the fine idea to make them wider at the bottom than the top. So what yours truly didn’t realise is that making a single laminated plank a) angle up, then b) curve while angled, and yes c) follow a decreasing arc not a constant curve (the stairs being wider at the bottom) is not straightforward! So the carpenters had to do their best job yet.
Mr Willard infront of the eventual stairs
Below you can see the laminated plank that was contorted into part of a decreasing 3D spiral
Mr Willard planing
Is this really going to work?
The Nyakameme brothers do their thing
and they make it work!
Mr Willard chiseling
The helical stairs take shape
Bannisters go on
Edmore at work
Bannisters at dusk
Next the pine floors go down, the windows, doors, and passages are framed in seligna (i.e. eucalyptus or ‘gum trees’). Interior brick walls are plastered with Rhinoset and some interior paint colors tried out.
Mr Willard making shelving
You folks in Visp, Switzerland, will know where the idea for the floor to ceiling windows (well almost if you are kid height) came from!
Final floor boards
Looking back toward stairs
Mr Farai enjoys plastering in Rhinoset
Looking better already
Mr Rafael – chief painter
Luke finishing off upstairs
Dramatic pictures are emerging of a new space mission apparently targeted at the moon. At the secret high-altitude launch site our cameras have exclusive access to the new rocket system as it is being developed.
The lunch site has been chosen so that the rocket is carefully aimed at the moon from lift off onwards.
Aiming at the moon
Here we see the all important nose cone developing against a backdrop of distant peaks and troughs
As engineering continues to work on last minute adjustments to the crew capsule …
Engineering in the Main Cabin
… the crew takes a moment to relax on the newly built launch tower during the rigorous training and selection procedures
Happy crew on the launch tower
We are told that moon juice will be collected via this retractable arm – now being re-programmed for low gravity cheese. The amount of R.AN.DEE (Ranting All Night & Day Endlessly) that has gone into this new exploration system is sure to excite fellow space-fans – it is clearly in-excess of anything seen before in such a mission.
The crew decide they want to see where they are going so aerodynamic potholes are added to the cabin
Portholes to aid navigation in space
An early morning test firing of the rockets leaves no doubt as to the tremendous cheese-melting thrust the newly developed power system will generate
Cheese melting thrust
Now all we need to know is whose shirts they will wear….