Saturday, May 30, 2009

We did it... we started!

In spite of predictions the sky was blue and the sun was shining today. Nine volunteers turned up on site. We did very well. Gravel was spread around the main traffic areas. Protective fencing was put up. There was some sorting out and tidying of the containers. Dave's throne room (site toilet) was erected. The profiles were done and it is all ready for excavation work for the foundations. The only black spot was that Elizabeth got hit on the head by a falling toilet wall! (Dave's fault) It is just great to make a start! Well done team, in spite of the cooling wind you worked hard.


Top: The completed profiles and marking out. 

2nd: Daniel, Martin, Richard and the new David working on profiles.

3rd. The two Davids making sure the toilet is on a solid foundation. Elizabeth looks on with some doubts.

4th. Findlay and Barbara erect a protective fence on site.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Oh no! the rain is falling.... but we'll try again....

It is Friday afternoon and the rain has started falling again here in Dunedin. "It looks like we'll be blessed with a little more rain." Some of us are keen to go up to the Habitat site in Ashmore Street tomorrow (Saturday 30th May) and try to sort containers, erect toilet and do the profiles. We will be there at 9 a.m. If the rain is bad we will have to cancel again. We really are hoping it will stop long enough for us to do what we want to do. If you want to know if it is cancelled phone 4774848 and listen to the message. If there is no cancellation it will still be on.

Anybody is welcome to join us. We really WANT to make progress!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Water and work!

The digger has cleared the building area. A pile of gravel is there ready to be spread. The tool and kitchen containers are in place. The surveyors have marked the boundaries. We are ready to start our build.... but there is water, mud and more rain still coming down everywhere. There were some keen volunteers wanting to work anyway, but the consensus was that it was too wet, cold and muddy. Apart from picking up and delivering some chairs to the container we all went back to our warm dry homes. Some of us will work Queens Birthday weekend to make up for lost time.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Working day 23rd May.

On Saturday 23rd of may, if it is fine, we will be doing some preperation work for out build. The two containers have been moved on site. We have to erect the toilet shed (throne room) and clean out and list off what is in the containers. We need to check what tools we have and what building materials. We also need to spread some gravel around the site.

If it is fine we will start at 9 and go through to around 4 p.m. Come when you can go when you must.

If the weather is doubtful you can phone 4774848 and check the answer phone.

Friday, May 15, 2009

What's Happening?

We are starting to build a house with Christine and Mike and their big family. The section is purchased, the plans have been finalised and consent has been granted. Tomorrow, 16th May we have a ground breaking ceremony at 2:30p.m. at the Ashmore Street section.

Our first working day will be Saturday 23rd May at 9 a.m. At some stage some of us will go over to Shona's house to do a fence there.

We will have a rest over Queens Birthday Weekend and then every Saturday after that there will be a working day. Ring the Habitat office for any enquiries (4773507) We will have updates, progress photos and news of work to be done on this blog.

Steps to keeping warm on Saturdays during winter. :-)
  1. Work hard at the Habitat House.
  2. Enjoy warm company at the Habitat house.
  3. Get warm fuzzies as you complete jobs at the Habitat house.
  4. Get the ultimate warm fuzzy when Christine, Mike and the family move in.