We moved a little over 5 tons of gravel this weekend, once again with a couple of shovels and sheer willpower (I’m sure that my body gave out halfway through and willpower carried the day). Our trench is probably a little over half-filled now.
Our original goal was to have the foundation and trench dug by the end of April but we added filling the trench with gravel when our progress seemed to be moving at such a strong pace. Then came the weather and blizzards, rain, sleet and wind warnings set us back about a week, but we’re still in good shape overall.
We will have to hire someone to trench the water-line because digging down 8 feet or more by hand, for about a hundred feet, would truly set us back but Shane may have a lead on a local guy so hopefully that works out. And once that’s all done and we’ve finished leveling the pad with gravel we’ll be ready to lay our first bag.
Exciting times! I’m quite looking forward to starting the bag work, and watching row upon row progress. The window for building is short out here. Not much time to get the whole thing up, especially given that we’re plastering the exterior with lime plaster and lime requires a good long time to dry in above freezing conditions, but we’re optimistic. ‘Determined’ might be a better word. We have a good jumpstart, so as long as we stay on track…
And on that note, I have work to do… Hope everyone’s spring is off to a good start!