Here Dennis is using duct tape to secure the poles. We are allowed to use duct tape and binder twine to construct our homes- no nails or screws! We love duct tape! I was thinking that it'd be prettier if we were to use the colorful varieties of duct tape, but the regular stuff was donated to us.
Here you can see our main poles all up, with all the rafters fastened securely on top. You can see our house taking shape. Dennis snapped this last house shot as dusk was falling. Our roof plastic (clear greenhouse plastic) is up and stapled on two of the four sides. This was an impressive finish to a long day of work- good job, Dennis!
Tomorrow and the next few days are supposed to be rainy. We are happy to have our roof on so we will be able to stay dry underneath while we continue to work. The job of tomorrow will be to build a cradle for our big stove which is made from a metal barrel, and start to "glue" it into place with soil and finally clay. The construction of the stove cradle typically takes a few days, as the layers of clay have to dry out as we go along. Depending on the amount of rain we get in the morning I plan to take the girls out once again. If it is pouring I think I'll stay home and try to get some more packing done here. Dennis will be out there, rain or shine!
This little salamander and two of his little friends were found on our site. The girls loved seeing them and the little earthworm that accompanied them. Button told big stories about the "cute worm" later on in the day.