We are groundbreaking and measuring (this also involves another ceremony which I will miss as I need to be in town to get building supplies. It is amazing how the measuring is done. the building layout on the ground started as some sort of parallelogram which got me a but worried, but they soon has it marked up.
Some of the young guys are hard at work quarrying stone off the mountain side. Back breaking work. There is no actual quarry, they just go and fine some rock sticking out of the mountain side as near to the road as they can get and start hammering a way at it.
There has been some negotiation for use of a tractor that another guy is using to deliver stone to his own building site. This has been a lot of determined negotiation on price – I know some are looking to me in hope – but we agreed at the beginning on the contribution the villages would make to the project which is the raw stone and get it to site, whilst I pay for the labour.
The carpenters haev some ingenious constructions for their ‘ manual saw mill’ using the steep mountain side and rice paddies to good effect.
Slowly slow we progress…
and 22 days in and we have made it to roof level… happy days. We may actually get this finished in time, but i think i will have to extend my return flight date. Cutting it pretty fine.