Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2009

Today was a great day!!

First of all, it stopped raining for most of the day so we were able to lift the tarps (blue sheets) and not only air out the walls, but actually see the walls in their entirity for the first time!! It's coming along and looking fantastic.....even though we still have a few coats of plaster to do.

Secondly, Ryan (pictured below applying mud to our walls) brougth 5 people from a small school in Vermont called Sterling College who helped us with the house build by filling most of the cracks in the first coat with a heavier earth plaster. Afterwards, we all went for an amazing soba lunch at yomogi 蓬. Then, Stefan and I returned to the house build and got a ton of stuff done.
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Rob (above), Olivia (below) and Joanne (two pictures below) worked hard on our walls as they filled many small cracks with a heavier, more binding, plaster as we prepare for our next coat of mud.

Finally, as the day neared the end, our new neighbor, Matsuyama-san, and his wife and daughter (see below) came by and visited for a little bit. Matsuyama-san will be our neighbor dentist and it was his property that we were able to use for the storage of our straw bales until they went into our walls. We also used his property for the potluck lunches during the straw bale workshop. Now, his future home and dental office is well under way and should be completed in January. We look forward to having him as our neighbor!! Good people!!

I inquired with Matsuyama-san about the USA flag on his cap. He said, in perfect English, "Because today is September 11th". In other words, he was paying tribute to America and all that happened 8 years ago. Wha a fantastic ending to a great day!!


Norman Delaney said...

Lookin' Gooooooooooood!
Lookin' Reaaaaaaaaaaal Good!
We will never forget 9/11.

Rob Sullivan said...

Hey Toby, the place is looking great! On behalf of Olivia, Jake, Erik and
Joanne I wanted to thank you and Stefan again for taking some time to
teach us about straw bale building. We had a lot of fun playing with mud
while learning some interesting things about straw bale construction. I
know it was my favorite part of the trip, and I have a new appreciation for
Straw bale construction. Here are a few pictures Erik took that day, and
best of luck to you and your wife. If you're ever in Vermont don't hesitate
to drop by, Sterling would love to have you.
Thanks again,
Rob Sullivan