We’re Building a Pergola!

FIRST INSTALLMENT – THE FOOTINGS!

Now that our strawbale shed is used mainly as a kitchen, we are in need of extra shelter from the elements – especially in winter!

So we are building a pergola designed by Axel Richter, a permaculture designer and architect, right next to the strawbale shelter so that we can carry out various regular activities (like propagation, seed cleaning, even eating) in relative comfort.

Footings marked out waiting for the concrete truck.
Footings marked out waiting for the concrete truck.

So far, we just have the footings completed, thanks to time and labour generously given by local builder, Phil Marshall who organised the formwork and Shayne Turner, who drove the Kanga to create the massive holes in the ground.  Nick Blatch also contributed time and effort.  A BIG THANKS FROM ALL OF US AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN.

These pictures tell the story:

Oops! We accidentally cut through some irrigation pipes.
Oops! We accidentally cut through some irrigation pipes.
The holes filled with water so we had to hire a pump before the concrete truck arrived.
The holes filled with water so we had to hire a pump before the concrete truck arrived.

 

 

The concrete truck has arrived.  All hands on deck!
The concrete truck has arrived. All hands on deck!
Phil Marshall helps Jack empty his barrow load of concrete.
Phil Marshall helps Jack empty his barrow load of concrete.

 

 

A conga line of wheel barrow boys and girls.
A conga line of wheel barrow boys and girls.

 

 

Joy helping with the finishing touches on Phil's Phootings.
Joy helping with the finishing touches on Phil’s Phootings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch this space for the next instalment!