On Sunday Kevin, Jess and their son Tom came for a visit for a few hours, bearing food and enthusiasm. So after some lunch we launched up the scaffolding and got some more second coat on the outside. I think it's fair to say that we now know people from every part of the straw bale building spectrum. Some are reaping the rewards of their toil, some are in the midst of the process, some are just beginning and some are still dreaming and preparing. Jess and Kevin are in the latter category and it's great to remember that that's where we began, and that we have really come quite a way. Thanks for the help guys!
After they left I was inundated by Natasha and most of her closest friends who had been celebrating our impending baby. On the way home they dropped by to see me and the house. All of these people have been helping us build at some stage so it was really nice to have them see the wall they built, or rendered, the foundations they worked on, and more. What a beautiful group of people we've had come to help, I feel really lucky.
Today I embarked on some more rendering - inside this time. I really had fun doing it all by myself, manning the mixer, moving the mud, trowelling the render and sponging it to smoothness. It was easy to get into a nice rhythm and the render going down my shirt and all over my trousers hardly bothered me at all. It's a dirty job and I don't mind doing it.