The Kenyan Hut is well on the way to completion – well, it could have been completed weeks ago, but we have had weather and busy-ness and… excuses excuses!
Our volunteer thatcher turned up last week and then volunteered his wife to help too. Having taken her role as thatcher’s apprentice for a few hours I was not sorry to surrender it to her. It involved standing underneath the structure and locating wires which then had to be turned around and poked back up to the thatcher who was working from above. The consequence of this was that the "thatch" – recycled from an old farm building and full of the dust of ages – distributed its contents on your head and in your eyes, up your nose and in your mouth. That thatch got to places I didn’t know I had places!
Anyway, the process continued for a couple of days, took a break and then started again on Monday. Tuesday was to be "Topping Off Day" and we were all excited about that. I had made the sandwich lunch and it was sitting in the kitchen, covered in cling film, awaiting the lunchtime celebration. Then the Thatcher (AKA Peter B.) started on a new roll of wire. Thick wire. Untamed wire.
Next thing I knew his wife was asking for the first aid kit – nasty gouge on the hand. Nurse Anne donned the special gloves and waded in to the rescue only to realise fairly quickly that it was a stitching job! So off went the thatcher and all went quiet – just me and Archie the dog, looking mournfully at each other.
But, be undismayed! The thatcher returned and did a bit more work before lunch. Next week should see the roof completed and then there is only the ground to sort out, a net to put in place and – piece de resistance – a fantastically cunning waterproofing device to be put in place – a kind of "umbrella" structure to keep us toasty warm and dry underneath.
Now, I’m sorry to tantalise you – but the photos will be added later. Watch the photo gallery.
In the meantime you can be designing a suitable opening ceremony for me! The official opening will be in September – so plenty of time for epic poems / dances / music / feast menus etc.
Have fun on the beach!