Tuesday, 13 January 2009
There is progress, but it's slow. We've had an extended drizzly period through spring that has been very frustrating. The ecowood oil we use needs 48 hours without rain, and there wasn't two days in a row without drizzle for 6 weeks. Trevor, who has always had a lot of head hair, almost lost it. However, the weather has finally changed and progress has gone ahead. Now Trev has two or three weeks fulltime work to haul up progress again. But once finished we hope to use the income to have someone come help him on the roof. It's very nice to know the wood stage is pretty much finished for now, and that the roofing material is onsite (except for the insulation, which is only an order away). I'm always looking at home good things look and how far we've come, but Trev is always seeing what's not happened and what more there is to do. To try and make things tangible for him I made him a mud book celebrating his progress. I've been taking lots of photos so putting 40 or so of them in order was a great way to see how far its come. It's taken close to 2 years to get to this point. I hope that once the roof is on that things will even out for Trev. A space that can be worked in regardless of the weather.
I help him out as much as possible. I'm on the 'dumb end' of every tape measure, I can balance one end of a 3.6 metre board on my head while I clamp it to the side of the house, and 'walk the plank' on one of Trev's ingenious temporary scaffolding jobs and generally do the best I can to make things easier. But I'm well aware that Trev is the brains, brawn and the ingenuity behind it all. I slink back into the garden (which is not only growing up but out at an alarming level... about an acre all up now, a weeding logistical nightmare).
The next big issue is the availability of strawbales this year. It's going to be tough finding any. The lack of winter rain has not really been made up for by the spring deluge and there hasn't been alot of planting going on. So if anyone knows of anyone who will be baling straw this year in Tassie, we'd be very interested to hear.