Winter building

Although we are in the middle of winter, there are still some great days for building.  It might only be 10 C but if there’s no wind and the sun is out, working outside can be fine.  Adeline from Singapore wanted to do some building work, so we decided to jump start the big timber rack that has been sitting idle for a few months.

We visited old mate Richard’s and pulled apart a heap of pallets which Adeline then painted:

timber rack Chestnut Farm Adeline Singapore WWOOFER

painted timber beams Chestnut Farm

On Thursday, Adeline and I fitted the last of the steel crossbeams on the timber rack.  It was going to be hard to do that after we’d roofed and clad the thing.

timber rack

Our trusty guides at the Weather Bureau predicted a fine still day on Friday, so I contacted Marty, who recently completed the Permaculture Design Course, and he came over to help.  He’s going to be building and wanted to practise… seemed a fair trade!

We had so much fun on Friday that I didn’t take any photos!  (Marty & Adeline did so I’ll add some of theirs later.)  We got all the roof rafters up; don’t they look pretty all painted white with their front ends lined up so straight!

Yep, I’m pretty happy with the line of those rafters… we fixed the two end ones then ran a string line between them to set the rest by.  Just like Jimmy would have.  If in doubt, ask yourself… “What Would Jimmy Do?”

We’ll put three rows of battens – front, centre and rear.   Last Friday, we only put up the first two pieces of the front row.  While we mucked about up top, though, Adeline did massive quantities calculations working out which sheets of recycled corrugated iron could be cut to go together with minimal waste… and then put up three sheets on the back wall – she loved getting stuck in with the grinder.  Not enough work with power tools for girls growing up in Singapore, me thinks.

This week we’re being hit by cold fronts and massive winds so the rack will sit for a few days – maybe some more progress next week?  If you want to help out or learn a bit of basic construction, let me know.  Extra helpers for a few sunny hours can be a great asset when it gets decidedly cold mid afternoon!

Cubby front wall

The last couple of days have seen some great work done on the front wall of the cubby.  Glen, new WWOOFer from the UK, took on the job of finishing the front wall, which was started by Clara a few weeks back.

chestnut farm cubby front wall 001 chestnut farm Glen cubby front wall 01

We’re cladding the wall in old fence palings.  They’re Australian hardwood and probably already 60 years old.  With a double layer of palings and a coat of paint, how long do you think they might last?  Another 60 years?  longer…?

chestnut farm cubby front wall glen 02

After finishing the second layer of palings (which are off set to cover the join line of the lower layer), Glen got stuck into a first coat of paint.  We’re not sure of the final colour but Pepper is keen to have the cubby painted and decorated as flamboyantly as possible, so consider this one an undercoat!

chestnut farm cubby front wall glen 03 painting

Pepper is being very patient about the time it’s taking to finish the cubby.  She loves working on it and says to me “We do a little bit every day, Dad”.  Wise words from a 4 year old.

chestnut farm Pepper at cubby June 2 2017 chestnut farm Pepper pointing to her name June 2017