Wow! What a time we've had lately! All the extremes have been blessing us with learning and growing. So, we are in springtime, which means that all the tips of trees are budding out, seeds of giant jungle vines are dropping to the earth to plant themselves (below is a "Monkey's comb" seedpod), and the garden is bursting with new life too.
Glory hallelujah for the plants and garden! And for us too, since we got to do some workshops in the kitchen making soaps and salves and talking about herbal medicine making.
When the rain stopped (or seemed to pause a bit), we jumped back to the roof work. Constantly checking weather reports for the best time, we finally decided to just go for it one day... We laid the plastic vapor barrier on the wood, the wood frame was put in place, and we started mixing our slip straw insulation. All hands on deck and the heat and humidity rising, we knew the storm was coming, but we couldn't stop there.
So we mixed and passed buckets and mixed and passed buckets until we filled in the insulation layer. Then, THUNDER! OOh, we had to hurry and get the roof aluminum up or all our work was going to wash away! Squeezing the roofing between the trees, passing it up to the people up top, hurry hurry! Working it into place, next piece up and ready, times ten pieces, and then some wood planks to hold it all down... whew! and then came the raindrops falling on our perfectly timed roof!!! Wow, we couldn't have cut it any closer. But alas, all went up, the roof is safely installed, and we can continue our adobe building without the fear of water damage.
And the mud walls are already going up...
As you can see, it's very serious business this earthen building stuff.
In other news extremes, here is Monkey in all her pregnancy lethargy: