The much anticipated day of concreting our holes and trenches arrived yesterday. We were still marking out positions and taking down string lines when the concreting guys turned up. Having budgeted originally for 3 cubic metres of concrete it was looking more like we'd need 17, after having to turn most of our holes into trenches. So we were happy by the end of the job to have kept it to 13 cubic metres. Still, much more than we had hoped for and much more expensive. But to finally get the base of our holes done was a huge relief and milestone.
Today we (me, Natasha and her Dad Terry) have been putting in stumps! We've gone for the easy ones first, those beautiful 1m deep lovely round holes. We'll attack the trenches this coming week. That will require hanging off a violently vibrating tamping rammer and so it's back into the trenches.
There has been lots of brain work required to get the stumps lined up in this Merrimu wind, which makes a mockery of our string lines. With each stump we need to consider its relationships to other aspects of the build that we'll encounter down the track. It all has to work. This part is not called foundations for nothing! I must admit to being a bit worried about this. I think that's a good thing.