Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pics II: Other stuff

We are actually sometimes having fun on the site... ;o)

The glorious day when we finished the first trellis!

Pics I:The story of the floor

Pictures!!! :o)
Looking through them I realised how much work we've actually already done, and that feels pretty good.
So here are some photos of the first attempt to put up the floor, how we put bitumen paper on all the parts, and our new solution to make it easier. It's a ring that sits on top of the inner posts so it doesn't matter where those posts are positioned. It seems to work pretty well and we've got half of them done in half an afternoon already.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Up and up and dooooooown

I think some years from now I will say that the yurt project taught me a lot about life and so on and so on. But for now, it is just like a rollercoasterride, really uncontrollable and with lots of ups but what makes the biggest impressions are always the downs...

We had such a good weekend, with five (!) friends coming over to help put up the floor on saturday, and two spontaneous helpers on sunday that made progress so much faster than we had ever experienced it before.

Then, on sunday evening, when we wanted to put in the last posts of the floor, we realised that the wedge there was too small and the floorboards would overlap about ten centimeters. What a bummer!

There had to be a mistake somewhere. But where was it? And how much work would it be to correct it? We figured, rather unenthousiastically, that we would have to take out and move about eight posts to fix it, but decided to leave it with that and think about it again the day after.

That was a good decision for I don't know if we would have made it home if we had found out the whole truth that evening.

Today we checked everything again and found the error. We had miscalculated the position of the inner posts. They were off by 2.5 centimeters - all of them.

Imagine sitting on the results of seven people working for a good day and a half as it dawns on you that all that work had to be undone and restarted.
I felt like crying.

The thing is, we are really quite behind on our schedule. We are afraid of winter. And we are tired, we want to get.it.done.
And that of course causes mistakes such as this one.

So there we were, really frustrated, sad and angry at ourselves. We took out and put away all the posts and beams we had mounted on saturday and then went home early.

We will try and come up with a better solution for mounting the floor so it gets exact. And we will work on other things for a while to rest our minds and then make a new beginning.

Thanks again to all the people who helped, we are so sorry we can't give you better news, but that your help surely wasn't in vain and we really, really appreciate it!!

(On a side note: I took some photos with Trev's old cam, but the old laptop here doesn't recognise it, so I'll upload them as soon as I have the possibility. )

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Unhappy words and not so many pictures

We have been working our asses off to get everything ready for next monday, when the cows will be back. Besides, we try not to get fired at our jobs, get enough sleep and keep up whatever there must be done for our social survival. To shorten this explanation, just read: It's hard.
It's tiring, and we are both torn between our enthousiasm and the greatness of seeing something emerge from under our hands and our growing wish to just get it done and have time and energy to concentrate on other things in our lives again.

Blogger is a bitch with pictures again, these three is all it wanted to give me, so you only get a little sneak peak of how we took the tipi down,

Put the very first stake in the ground

and actually finished all pieces for the floor and brought them up to the site.

The floor only needs tarping now and hopefully the weathergods and some friends will help Trev put in all the stakes this weekend.

I am gonna be away on another firebird excoursion which is not so handy this time I have to admit, I'd much rather stay and make sure everything goes ok. (Apart from the fact that the weather is again as shitty as can be... oO)

More pictures and happier words hopefully next week.
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