Initial Volunteering Dates 2012

As the weather is looking rather lovely this week, and we are well into January, I’m turning my thoughts away from indoors and back to the building project looming at the back of my garden. A lot has changed over the Winter – namely my planned trip to Ecuador, which is going to impact the building financially as well as forcing me to delay work on it. Nevertheless, I’m going to crack on with the ground work and see if my immense cutbacks mean I can save up money to continue to work on the building.

Initially, the bulk of work needed on the garden is moving earth and building retaining walls. Tyre ramming will be a part of this. The weather will probably not be great for much of this, so starting volunteering events around March is going to be the plan. Unfortunately, I am a busy person around this time and will be working on the Six Nations games in various stadiums, so the end of that can mark the start of the work!

The garden this morning, under a thin blanket of frost.

Provisionally (and I will send out a newsletter confirming this), We are looking at the following (activities are guesswork at the moment)
24th & 25th March – Groundwork
(break for Ecuador trip)
21st & 22nd April – Digging drainage ditches
28th & 29th April – Retaining wall using rammed tyres
The weather should be pretty excellent by April. Going into May and onwards, the work will contiue to be most weekends pushing to finish the groundwork and start on foundations by the end of May. This is where the financial issues will come into play and affect the progress of the building.

I’m hoping to meet some people this month with regard to the structural frame of the building and what kind of timber to use for the living roof. Feedback on this will allow me to give more thought on the progress planned from May onwards. I’ll be sure to keep you updated. Until then, I’ll draft up a newsletter and send it out to everyone about the volunteering this week. If you miss it, get in touch with me on twitter or email me alun.king[at].