The sign stays the same. The background is changing every day.
Our foundation, poured up to ground level.
An assembled rebar skeleton for the bond beam of our foundation. Because concrete is extremely weak in tension but strong in compression, rebar helps reinforce it to be strong in any type of stress (hence “reinforced” concrete).
Unloading our Chinese bricks. Very carefully. They were packed with hay to avoid chipping and cracking during the bouncy journey from Nepalgunj to Surkhet.
The “Chinese” bricks from Nepalgunj, 2.5 hours away.
A sample wall. The brick is triple functional – 1) it hold up our formwork as we ram 2) it looks beautiful with a natural earth wall 3) it protects the lowest 6 inches of our walls from rain splashing.
My formwork, hanging from the work shed on the lowest terrace. It’s hanging because some of the workers painted it (it was rusted and annoying to handle). The shed is for pulverizing and storing clay.
Piles of our clay with the largest rocks sifted out. We’ve since decided to switch to much nicer clay, while forgoing the idealistic hope that we’d be using the clay straight from our land and still end up with a beautiful color.
The Great Wall of Surkhet. Now starting to settle a little bit, it actually looks a lot better than when it was brand new.
One of our three Gabion walls. In the back jungle, it’s going to end up retaining a terrace along the ravine- about 20 feet below our High School. On the terrace we can put a secluded meditation garden, gazebo, and study areas.