These are exciting times at Anchaleephorn Garden. Our construction extravaganza has been extended to include another building.
We could have ended with the new stand alone guest bathroom with hand dug cess pit.
After the big garage, the small bathroom has been moving along quickly.
Electricity and tile are being installed.
There will be a shower inside and a sink outside.
The garage and guest room are looking good but right now the cement mixer is still front and center.
Look at the fancy swivel fan overhead on the porch in front of the guest room.
Nam has so prettified all these new additions that there is no place for me to move my tools. So I’ll make a room of my own.
The Sihlamb has been torn apart — again.
The workers convinced me to strike while they had all their equipment in place. They’ll make me a roofed area of 6×8 meter with sloping concrete floor of 4×6 for a labor cost of 12,000 Baht — about $400. I’m guesstimating another $600 for materials. How could I deny my 72 year old self this last request?
The holes for the 6 posts are being dug.
And one of my interesting projects is to construct a gate and motorcycle entry point near the tamarind tree so we can run our motorcycles into the New Sihlamb if the beautiful garage transmogrifies into a cafe.
I’ll have to reinforce the fence posts (that are spaced 2 meters apart) if I cut the barbed wire and then create two further sturdy gate posts next to them. Fun.
Meanwhile, an earlier picture showed the three quarter inch galvanized pipe that made the framework for the Old Sihlamb. So many projects, so little pipe. This morning Nam and I took Banana fritters to the laborers at a work party at the reservoir. This Saturday there will be a party there for the surrounding villagers who use the water from the dam.
People will bring free food. Nam wants to make a dish cooked over charcoal that will show off the herbs in our garden. We will need to take the lorry. I was thinking that maybe I could put together a tent out of the pipe and the heavy duty tarp that was the roof of the Old Sihlamb.
Could I hoist these 7 feet into the air and stretch them between two posts in the New Sihlamb and make a giant storage rack?
Well, that is, could I get my workers to do it? But semi-seriously I’m investigating the concept of the idea of watching YouTube videos about learning to weld. It’s big here and the workers pop up the frames for buildings like tinker toys.
Meanwhile, to give my brain a break I spend a few hours a day with my new weed whacker. My electric machine died a couple of months ago and we’ve been paying someone to come and mow the yard but we can’t get the result we want like that. So I bit the bullet and bought a gas powered whacker that seems to be a Chinese made copy of the wonderful Honda Whacker. It’s doing a great job but man those weeds had gotten high.
Nam continues to experiment with the many bananas we are reaping. What will she do with the two big boxes of mangos I picked the other day? We picked them just as they were becoming ripe and the few that we’ve eaten so far were great. Nam is making lots of blended fruit smoothies and including herbs that are supposed to be good for what ails you. Today she produced two bottles of aloe vera gel.