#8 – Where we work

From Lynne:

The house we are working on requires the most manual of manual labor.

house we are building

This is the building we have been constructing.

There is no electric on site, and the methods are labor intensive and sometimes backbreaking. We mixed the concrete with a shaker (see below)—one shovel of cement, one shovel of coarse sand, one shovel of fine sand—shake, shake, shake.

Jim helping workers with mixing mortar

Jim is a hard worker!

Practically the whole house is made out of this stuff including wall and ceiling finishes.  Channels for boxes and conduit are chiseled out after bricks are laid. Jim and I spent a whole week just on that. What I wouldn’t have given for a power chisel!

Lynne working on a brick wall


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Joeann Beresford on February 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    George Washington’s birthday, Lynne, and you are working intensely as he did “for the people.” I love the picture of you –and it is so real– just like you! I wish I could provide you with the power chisel!!!!
    What I am about these days seems so trivial compared with what you, Jim, Jo and others are doing, but something a lovely, gentle priest said to me the other day echoes in my heart –“You are where God wants you to be, doing what God wants you to do.” And, that applies to you, Jim, Jo and the others, too. It was good to find a message from you this morning. Thank you. Love as always, Cec


  2. Posted by Ben on February 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm


    You look great! I am so glad to see you back on the grid.

    We miss you but look forward to your updates. I have been reading them with the kids and they are fascinated by your adventure and the gift of giving your time and expertise. Alex commented that I would be helpful if they needed an accountant or to start a business over there.




  3. You look great, Lynne. I guess very different from what you have been doing at Doorways. Marge and Sharon say hi from here in Florida. We see porpoise go by each day in front of their house and a lot of brown pelicans around here fishing. It’s warming up here a bit so beautiful walks on the beach. We are heading back tomorrow.

    You all keep up the good work. We are very proud of you.

    Rosie and Sue


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