Today, Friday, it is exactly three weeks since His Grace Bishop Cyprian was here and blessed our building process, and it has really been a blessed period! We started the construction work after lunch that friday and this friday afternoon we are almost done with the first filling of all walls. Three weeks only, not even every day and already we see that IT WILL BE a house. A blessed chapel!
Here Lola is mixing straw with clay soup to fill in the gaps in the wall under the altar window. For the wall to “carry” the window we had to put a check in that spot, and of course we then could not inter twain bushweed there!
Oh, it is narrow and difficult to fill well – better to work upside down : )
Today we also threw the last handfuls of clay mixture on the inter twained walls.
Here Max and Rowan are putting up the last batch of clay mixture.
… for the “French gap”
Yes, we have spared a little piece of intertwained wall and also a tiny gap to be filled with clay dampened straw for the French couple that arrives sunday evening: Guilluame and Maryse. We wanted them to also have the opportunity to try and plaster the first layer at least a tiny little bit. And this tiny gap that we have had to remind one another not to fill, has now got the name the “French gap” : )
This week we are experiencing a phase shift concerning our nice and friendly helpers. Already Pierre and Ronan left us. They had to return to France for other duties and preparations for their future studies. We miss them! And tomorrow Max from Hong Kong will leave. On Sunday Rowan and Lola from England will continue on their trip. Together we have had a lot of fun together and also accomplished a great deal theese days.
Pierre and Ronan,who both are studying in Paris to become energy engineers in a near future told a fellow student about our project and their experience with us… and that young man got interested and will arrive here now together with his girl friend. Guilluame and Maryse.
Luckily Gianna and Sascha from Germany are still here for another week. Gianna is doing a wonderful job preparing the future windows. You will soon see… If everything goes well we will try to put the first one in place on Monday. Sasha is building frames for those windows and many more nice interventions.
We also did some molding:
Here Rowan is trowing a handful of clay mixture into the mold. Molding clay like this is probably one of the oldest ways to prepare building materials.. I think of the Israelites being slaves in Egypt thus preparing the blocks to build … the beginning of the industry of prefabricating building materials…
Our “industry” is very modest! Only very few blocks, but still a few, now drying in the sumer vind!
Only very few of them are as even and beautifully molded as this perfect one molded by Sascha.