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!)