The week began getting ready for the windows to go in. The Hempcrete guys have gone on an international jaunt to deliver a spray machine and in their absence Dave Northey is going to put the windows in, well the frames at least as the glass and some of the casements are not ready. They will have to go in later but it means the hemp guys can finish.
Alison, Shaun, Josh and Hannah came to see us and look round on Friday, it was lovely to see them and nice to chat. Any time you are passing guys please drop in.
I also completed the outside tap and new caravan water connections, it means that the windows can go in with glass...obviously that was before we knew they were not coming with glass in!
So another week goes by...We have had more Hempcrete sprayed. Graham, and the team have left to take a new machine to Sweden giving us a weeks rest next week. Dave is hopefully fitting windows ready for their return the following week. Tony has removed the Sunday school roof trusses and added structural supports for the roof. It has made a great space upstairs. Chris has made more progress with the wall outside, the sun has been shining and Jan is learning how to play pool and we have had our first proper garden grown salad... roll on summer!
Graham of Hemplimespray has made a good start, unfortunately the windows are not yet in place so he is having to move about more than he would like, this is causing some delay but by the end of the first week he feels confident.
During the week we visited Dave Northey to see the windows coming along he hopes to have some in soon, that will help Graham. Chris has made great progress on the wall and it looks fabulous. To cap off a good week Sarah has joined us before she goes on her travels.
It took most of yesterday to get ready to spray, setting up machines and masking off areas etc. Today was the first firing up of the spay machine and it is a beast. The system blows the Hemp as a dry wood chip like material through a hose which is then combined with liquid lime and some other secret ingredients on the wall arriving out of different nozzles and sticking to the surface. It is built up in layers and stays put!
The big day has arrived. Graham and Dean dropped in last night to off load the pumping machine. Today they are setting up and we have discussed the last few elements of prep work to be done. There will be several bits of timber needed on the walls for things like curtain poles etc. Tony did some of the stable stud work required over the last few days and that means we can run electrics when Treeve is next available. After her big run in St. Albans Sarah is now here with us and lending a hand with measuring the timber work so we will know where it is once the Hempcrete covers it up.
The materials for the Hempcrete arrived today and Charlie and his Dad, David came to help unload the pallets using a Telehandler! I never knew such a beast existed but life in the country is full of surprises and also helpful friendly souls ready to lend a hand. Thank you both..on and the photo bombing delivery driver.
It was a bit windy last night and we lost a tile from the stable roof. It looks like one that was broken by the scaffolders and needs a tingle. I will give it a go myself but if it goes pear shaped then Dave said he will come down and sort it. Watch this space
Jan and Pete, retiring Headteachers with a dream.