It’s been a while since I last wrote, the work has been slow. There have been a number of interruptions to the working schedule, the new year festivities (ten days plus in the countryside), a funeral and a wedding lost us the best part of three weeks, the corn harvest in the surrounding fields meant people were busy helping each other harvesting first and replanting after and it’s been difficult to put together a full crew, the weather has also played its part as there have been a few days of heavy rain since the water festival.
On top of all this, a gross miscalculation on my part on the amount of materials (bamboo) required, meant that we have had to stop and procure more wood, which has to be treated before it can be used, so that’s probably another ten days gone there.
As this method of roof construction is new to all concerned, we have proceeded by trial and error, mainly error, but now the house is covered, there is only one layer of the roof left to go, the bamboo roof tiles are still probably not enough, but we will have to wait and see how we go on, if we have to stop again, at least now we can carry on working inside.
The unfinished roof in the picture on the right shows the tar painted cloth sandwiched between two layers of bamboo, the last layer, which hopefully will we start on tomorrow, will be made of the same tiles cut small and put on like normal roof tiles.