Out of Africa?

Here, as promised, the ‘African Hut Story’ – but no Meryl Streep in sight!
As you can see, the ground was first cleared by the simple process of having a couple of bonfires in the middle of the lawn (turf removed first!) OV then ‘pile drove’ (sic) some tree stakes into the ground.  Hazel, donated by a villager, was woven between the posts and a brush fence – from France – was tied to it.  Further poles were then driven in to strengthen the structure.  The logs on the floor are the remains of the tree which fell down – could they be converted into seating do you think?
The hut now awaits its roof and floor – the first will be a tree stake and hazel construction – to be thatched later in the year, the latter will comprise a porous liner with a generous layer of wood chippings on top – as we felt the authentic beaten earth floor was not compatible with Somerset weather!
More anon. (including the Grand Opening Ceremony)
(Please note the intrepid Vicar man-handling the ‘machinery’ whilst teetering on a set of kitchen steps!)

About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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