It feels so good to have started work. Even though they are only small parts in a much larger plan the first steps have been taken. We have worked through the rigmarole of hiring workers, working out pay and schedules, we even have a supervisor and an architect (not licensed).
After about a week and a half of manual labour we (they with our supervision) have managed to construct a simple bahay kubo (a rest/picnic hut of sorts), a woven bamboo fence around our property and cut some steps into the hillside.
We are learning the ropes of book-keeping and staff management. All out goings at the moment, its eye-opening to see how fast it is possible to spend money. It doesn’t seem to matter how carefully you plan new costs crop up all the time. Sometimes small amounts like having to pay 0.05p per bucket of sand and sometimes much larger over a £1,000 for a water tank (of which we need two..). Highs and lows come and go reminiscent of the waves we sit and watch from our cottage.
Learning new skills and trying to remember forgotten ones keep us busy. whether it’s trying to work out the surface area of a trapezoid shaped piece of land or the volume of a cylinder for gauging water filling our well. Who knew there was more to math then what you can do on a calculator watch.
We have a small garden growing, it’s currently contained in old sardine cans and used sprite bottles. We’re looking forward to the day we can plant them.
Rainy season is fast approaching. Dark clouds loom on the horizon. The first rains have already fallen, it will be a race against time to get the foundations in. Stay tuned.