4.30am - Who knew birds already started to tjirp at 4.45am? Taking over the talking stick from the frogs who sure got some action last night. I love the early mornings with Mr. Bojangles (nickname for my camper), waking up slowly as the natural light emerges from the horizon, and nature quickly making the most of each ray of sunshine. This time though, my body told me I could've sure benefitted from another hour of sleep but my brain was on. And I know, once that switch has turned, there aint no turning back..
Enother exhilerating day today with Joost, Roelof and the great help from volunteers Erwin, Margo (mom!), and Petra (future Strobox DIY-er). Not to forget the busy bees who contined to work in the workshop. The 100 year old oak log behaved quite stubbornly. But no competion for the worlds' finest carpenter, Joost, who gracefully wiggled its way in place for it to become amagnificent center piece.
Ending a hot day with the log placed, all wall panels up and two roof panels installed, and even the first skirt wrapped around its bare bum. As buildings go up, the slower things get to be. Plus, a common fear of height doesnt allow for the average Joe to keep up with the way Roelof balances up and over the edges and gracfeully swings through the ropes of the crane.
The continued rush of adrenaline rushing through my body during the day, along with the dozens of spectators (mostly neighbors) who want to have a quick chat and ask you questions, and a team of hard working friends that you want to look after too, doesnt allow for many moments to catch a breath. And that doesnt even account for the beatings your body endures during the day, with legs covered in bruises, blood frequently escaping a scrape, blisters and stiff fingers, a sun burn and dehidration from 25+ degrees, the list goes on.
BUT, we found the best cure for that!! A jump in the Ijssel (nearby river), just a few 100 meters away. Added benefit: it rid me of the layers of sweat, dust, and what not I had happened to cover myself with.
More tmorrow ~ And remember, theres more images in the gallery!