I know now that I probably should have stopped 4-5 weeks ago at the onset of sciatic signs but was uber keen to learn as much from Steve as I could while he was available. We'd never originally intended to, or budgeted for, a brick and rock layer but we'd seen his work at Marijs & Peter's cottage over Christmas and were wowed. So, we struck a deal to get him to hang out at Bogie for a few weeks and teach some of me the tricks of trade while we laid as much as we could. Intention was then for me and Dana to finish off whatever was left over. Well, I reckon I picked up enough tips as we went to be able to finish off the walls to a pretty high standard. Only one small hitch - I'm now stuck prone on the couch in Reservoir waiting on the quacks...bugger.
Moaning and groaning aside, Dana and I spent the weekend @ Chez Bogie washing off the work that Steve and I had finished off 8 days prior. Should really be cleaning those rocks within 3-4 days after laying but it actually went well. Dana got all kitted up and splashed the acid around scrubbing away and I followed with QC and pressure washing. Managed to work through the discomfort (thank you codeine!) with lots of laydowns on the dirty carpet pile. We got it all done in a day and, if I must say so myself, it looks absolutely fantastic!
|armed and dangerous|
|this thing packs a punch|
|view from the bogger seat - we chose some very lumpy rocks for this|
So, the project goes on hiatus for some time while I get fixed up. Apart from the physical pain, I'm mostly spewing because I was really getting into the whole being outdoors building stuff process. Sure, there've been hassles with weather and supply of materials and advice, getting people organised and motivated but they are small potatoes compared to the joy of looking over a well done bit of work on your own house. Dodgy back aside, I was also getting all fit and feeling great for it. Now I have to waste away for a while before taking the long slow road to recovery. One thing is sure - I'm not gonna give up too easily on this gig. I so much want to see this house finished and for us to be living in it.
|old fossil now bedded down for a looooong time|
|this one came as a surprise - didn't see half of that detail before scrubbing|
|saw some art - couldn't resist|
|more reflected musings|
I'll keep you all posted...