Where does the time go?
Its been four months since our last update and we have got a lot of work done although the winter has been a little slow.
We worked really long hard days through the summer and then when the clocks changed in Autumn, it seemed like we were dropped in a vat of honey and everything was going in slow motion. Being used to the long light hours I got caught out more than once finishing a job in pitch black, in the middle of nowhere, cleaning the cement mixer and tools by headlamp. Not all that nice when you are tired and all you want to do is get home.
The short days combined with me working mainly on my own (as Tracy had been offered some extra work) meant that progress was veeeeery very slow. This situation ended up running me down and the build started to feel a little overwhelming. I didn’t feel like all the hard work I was putting in was actually moving us forward much. I was doing mainly prep work for plastering which isn’t very rewarding. You’re basically filling in small holes and making the wall as flat as you can for a better finish while plastering. I was also putting off any large walls for plastering as it goes very slow when you have to make mix, plaster, stop and make more mix when you run out and then wait for it to firm up so that the wall can be “floated” to even it out. Also, having done most of the plastering in the summer I was used to it firming up a lot faster. This was one of the main reasons why in the winter the darkness was closing in while I waited to float the wall.
Tracy to the rescue!
Luckily, just at the point where I was hitting saturation, Tracy took a few days off and together we covered 3 big walls. This made a huge difference and renewed my enthusiasm and energy for the project.
Spring is here and with the extra hours of light we are full steam ahead trying to get in. We have all of the walls in the south side of the house with the first layer of plaster applied, and soon we will be getting some help to finish the second coats and final smooth coat.
We have lots more exciting stuff to tell you about and I will try to upload a video update of our progress in the next week or so.