Those alarms were a leetle early for us this morning. Having rested a lot yesterday, however, we were ready. We only needed a small amount coffee to wake us up. 😉 Breakfast was a laugh this morning. I don’t know what all got into us, but the giggles from dinner seemed to have continued to the morning. We even tricked Grant into thinking I was allergic to Strawberries. He bought flavored yogurt just for me, and it was strawberry yogurt. However, he neglected to look at my choice of jam on my toast, strawberry. It was a good start to the day to say the least.
At the worksite, we still had lots to get done. We began with the windows. Once the roof was in place, we noticed that the room got really dark, so we decided that windows were a must. Once measured, we needed some heavy machinery to cut through the cement walls. We used an angle grinder. With the proper gear with our protective goggles and facemask, we got the corners all nicely cut out. After they were cut, we could pound them out with a hammer. Chris was up for the task and spent the majority of the day with a hammer in hand. He really enjoyed the destructive aspect of this job because the pieces went everywhere, and it was really fun! We now have a few very nice looking windows for light in the toilets. Thanks Chris!
The rest of us worked on a number of other jobs throughout the day. Sean began digging out the area for the sink, which will be right in front of the toilets. With the help of Ricky and Chris, they shoveled and pummeled their way around the front and dug out a semicircular trench. We then filled it with a cement/gravel mix for the base. It’s a great start for the sink area. It’s so essential for the kids to learn how to be clean and to apply it to their daily lives. The sink will definitely play an important role in that.
Anthea taught her heart out today, and I can’t explain how cool it is seeing the kids get excited about learning English from her. She was teaching them some conjugations, sentences and terms. She also taught them how to talk about words in a descending order i.e. small, smaller and smallest. She got some volunteers up in front of class to participate, which helped them understand even better. She even had a special visitor in her classes today!
The most important job of the day was to get the final touches on the septic tank finished. We needed to put the roof on. We took metal sheets, like the ones used for the roof of the building, and nailed them together. Then, we took metal rods and laced them together in a checkered pattern and welded them with wire. Then, the hard part came in. We had to mix a lottttt of cement for the top portion of the roof. The difference was that this cement had to be mixed with little rocks, which makes it much heavier. We all pitched in with the mixing, and in no time, we mixed two massive piles together. In the end of the day, we finished all our individual projects! It was such a success!!
As a finishing touch, we carved our names into the top of the roof. We also had the brilliant idea to put a face imprint into the wet cement. Who better than Ben to do it too! Sean graciously offered to help make the print and force his face down into the muck. How nice of him! We joked around saying that it looked like Sean was not happy with Ben, but it was definitely all in fun!
This evening, we had a little medical emergency with Lou (our pet king fisher). His wing is completely out of place and he keeps trying to flap it and fly. Ricky and Anthea tried to fix him up by wrapping him with pre wrap medical tape. We thought it would be a good fix, and we hope his wing recovers quickly. He did look really funny all wrapped up like that, however. We said it would be Lou egg rolls for dinner!
After that, we went around to the neighbor’s place for an appetizer. Next door is a small guesthouse with a bar, lounge and pool table. They set up some music for us, and we all hung out and played a couple games of pool. We also had some delicious prawn cakes. The food here is awesome!! Dinner was also a slam-dunk. Thenji is an amazing cook and we really appreciate all the meals she has cooked us over the last week! Since today drained our energy, tonight is a lazy night. Tomorrow, we’re going to push on to the finish! We are so close to finishing!
Can’t wait to share tomorrow’s progress!