Have you noticed that when we are engaged upon some 'great
endeavour', we seem to have reserves of energy and determination
that even surprises ourselves?
On 27th May 2003 the 'metal dinosaur' began clawing at the burnt
remains of the old building's foundations. On June 18th 2003 we started
to pour the first concrete to the footings and base of the new building.
Within 52 weeks we welcomed our first visitors to the functioning
To this day I do not fully understand how we managed this...myself and
an average of just 2 other people working on the new building.
At times we had more people working and at other times less. The
second picture from the top on the left shows some of our family
members - 3 nephews - ages 21,11 and 9 - helping with the concrete
blocks that made the cellar and garage walls.
We used 1500 concrete blocks, 53 cubic metres of concrete, tons of
steel reinforcing, over 2800 metres of 2x6 timber, over 1500 metres
of 2x8 (floor) timbers and 2x9 (roof) timbers all at 60 cm centres.
Later we installed a 13KW heat pump that draws it's initial supply from
a 140 metres deep bore hole. We also installed a 90 metres deep well
to supply water to the building for toilets,etc
In place of our much loved 'old barn' we tried to create a building that
was functional and in harmony with it's surroundings. We've even coated
the outer walls with an old traditional treatment that will darken as it
We extend our most sincere thanks to all wo worked with creating this
building - with which we are truly delighted. We also extend our thanks
to those who built the original building - for all the pleasure and joy we
received as a result of their work.
Both these buildings
were built with care..
and with love
We hope any and
all visitors will sense this
Especially we thank the following: