The journey began over a year ago.
If you are new to the blog you can read about the beginning of our journey here .
It has been a long slow process, with way too many set backs to even begin to talk about. But, in the past few weeks, we got back on track and we are off and running. Our farmhouse renovation and addition has finally begun.
After two days of excavation the concrete crew swooped in and began their part. A dozen workers from several different countries, all speaking Spanish. I think, I would like to know what they were saying, then again maybe I wouldn’t.
I don’t know how much rebar was used, but it seemed like miles, they spent most of the day forming the footers and piers and laying the rebar in place. The footers and the piers were poured at the end of their first day here.
My favorite part was the boom truck that brought in the metal forms for the walls. The driver was amazing the way he could maneuver that boom so far up in the air and place each basket full of forms as delicately as though he were peeling an egg. Truly amazing.
The next day the works arrived and spent almost the entire day putting the metal forms in place for the walls. The pumper truck arrived which is hooked up to the concrete truck and then he pumps the concrete from way up in the air with a long tube, into the metal forms. . 21 yards of concrete came in two days with four different trucks coming in succession. The workers were quite skilled and made their difficult jobs look easy.
Almost every one of our pets has been right in the middle of everything that has been going on. The peafowl have really entertained the workers. I don’t speak Spanish, but I could certainly understand the excitement that was being yelled when Mango, Papaya and Coconut decided to fly right above their heads as they were down in the hole working. They landed on the equipment and walked the forms and walls and honked in their very loud outdoor voices.
Eventually they settled in on the fence and watched everything that was being done.
It has been a three-ring circus here and that is putting it mildly. I’m sharing some of the prettier moments from recent activities.
Taking a break.
The peacocks hold a conference during all the commotion.
Buddy says that he really finds all this noise and activity quite disturbing to his rest.
Father Cottage gets help changing his work shoes.
Mango and Peanut out for a stroll.
In just a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. I often prepare time-honored recipes for our celebration. I’m interested in trying out some new dishes, but honestly, I’m feeling quite overwhelmed with the happenings here at the cottage. I am however, planning on trying a new sweet potato dish that is prepared in the crock pot – a time saver for sure. It has orange juice and bacon in it and of course we believe everything is better with bacon! How about you – anyone trying a new dish this year?
Wishing all that celebrate Thanksgiving a day filled with blessings.