Take your positions directs Mr Ramius
And, finally, the obligatory puppy pic (for Sue)
See WengLong, Joachim, and Hilary – I must have been paying attention at some time!
Although these look like walls – they are in fact the foundation walls build on top of the footings i.e. they will be below the level of the final building ground floor.
Here is the idea in progress – the foundation walls now part way up.
and here, showing a temporary retaining wall in stone immediately behind the builders
Next some details of the building process when working in stone as we are here.
Of course the stones don’t come in pre-packed sizes…so yes they have to be first burnt, then hammered and finally, artfully positioned so that they fit and the ‘look’ from the outside or inside is ‘good’
The completed ‘slab’ on top of the foundation walls
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
and suddenly ..
And again from the inside – the original door and window to its left.
Remember the saga of the stairs:
Well we got there in the end!
And finally the school room up those stairs
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.
Happy crew on the launch tower
Woke up to a perfect temperature inversion – cloud level just below the house:
Routes were chipped out of the brickwork for the electrical conduits prior to plastering the interior. (No nice cavity walls here)
Next Mr Patrick 2 ‘plasters’ (with cement) the exterior and interior. Chicken wire was used to add strength to the outside of the existing round rondavel.
Mr Tadoka and Mr Paul the plumbers chipped out the shower
And finally the most important part of any building and the one you have been waiting for … the septic tank.
Here being inspected by ‘Mr Huckle’
The plumbers had to spend a couple of extra days burning a route through the stones for the pipe connecting waste pipe
Mr Tendai looking safer than usual!