Ilivetolearn's Blog

September 30, 2012

day four of the build

Filed under: food/groceries,on the road — ilivetolearn @ 9:55 pm

Day Four was somehow less satisfying than the first three. There wasn’t quite so much dramatic progress, and there was a lot of re-doing of things we had already done. When we got there, the pros were cutting notches at the tops of the walls and sliding in beams to hold up the roof (Bill hopped right up on the scaffolding to help them sister two beams together to make one long enough):

Then they put the zinc panels up:

And then we worked on the window and door openings so the wooden frames could go in. Notice that the window openings look pretty square and neat in the above photos. Well, to cram the frames in, the workers proceeded to chip out concrete, in some cases knocking holes so big we had to slather on pounds of mortar to fill them. This was how they looked when we had redone them after the frames were inserted:

And then James made them all square and beautiful again:

We amused ourselves checking out other houses in the neighborhood, like this cute old-fashioned one behind Angelica’s:

and we watched the next-door neighbors chop down a huge mango tree, and we found this banana tree nearby:

The bananas are full-sized (6-7″) and the weird purple flower hanging below them is enormous! We bought bananas almost every day from a woman on the main road near the build site. It’s amazing how much shopping you can do here without leaving your car. One day we had just stopped–barely off the road, looking for a store–and the minute one of the boys said, “I wish we had a bottle of cold water” an 8-year-old appeared at the passenger-side window with…a huge bottle of cold water.

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