Now, in the middle of the winter, with TONS of snow around I sat remembering the VERY first steps we took to have the vision of the chapel come through…
My husband Lärkan and I bought this little farm in april 2010. We already were determined to build a chapel and that it was to be built to venerate St. Joseph. Even though we had LOTS to take care of – since this farm was rather badly kept, the houses were in bad shape and things had to be organized and there was loads of rubbish to get rid of (that was left all over the place when we came here) we wanted to get started with the chapel already our first summer here.
In may we hired a man with the knowledge of making a load bearing road over the swampy overpass over the little creek. The same man also owned a big digging machine that could move big stones and transport big heavy loads to make the base course of rough gravel to raise the overpass. Here is a picture of when he just had finished up what You recently have been looking at as the “path to the chapel” (but here looked upon from half way up the little slope to the chapel)
After the “path” was made and it was possible to get over the creek and up the hill without getting totally wet feet, and also that machines could get up the hill we hired Mauritz, a friend from our congregation, to come and help us with some further steps. The little digging machine on the picture above actually is the one that Mauritz by then owned and just then for the first time was driving up to the future chapel area.
Here he and Lärkan is making marks on the ground with white spray color; WHERE to dig and prepare for the future chapel:
After that Maurits dug in the ground so we could prepare for the drainage:
When the hole was deep enough we put down drainage pipes from the bottom of the hole and far down the slope. After that Lärkan went and hired a little “dumper” to transport all the drainage gravel… because it was too heavy to push a wheel barrel MANY MANY times all the way from where the truck had unloaded the gravel and up the hill to the chapel-place : ) Here he is happy to unload the “helpful little machine”:
After MANY trips he proudly inspects the area.
After that Maurits and Lärkan took turns in flattening and packing the gravel to prepare for the foundation.
Then it was june 2010. Now, two and a half years ago… Soon I will continue to tell You the story of the construction.. There are chapters that You do not know about even if You have followed this blog since the start in june 2012…