Sunday, October 30, 2016

Saturday, October 29th

Do you see some shape taking place?
The team from Kiev complete their work this day and got 
the trusses up on the columns.

Alexe and his team raised the roof, 
not quite a barn raising party like they had in the old days.

from the inside

from the outside

the main four up

In the garden, below - we were able to complete the temporary metal fence, again.
haven't had any more complaints that I know of

The fence, is up!
All the trees are fenced and insulated for the winter with leaves leaving only the grape vines to trim back this coming week after we plant 2 more trees to fill the holes. It dipped below freezing Friday night so leaves that were left are falling fast.

Tochka, our security pup, evidently thinking he's going to 
help with the cleaning process.

One of our newly transplanted evergreen trees in the foreground.
I think this is a Juniper variety in the evergreen family, not the pro.

On the right is our second attempt to get an apricot tree in the garden, 
hoping this one will make it through winter.

A new plum tree, again a second attempt, 
with the plan to get a Japanese plum this week to cross pollinate.

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 27th

Long work day yesterday, but we got the back fence back up, smile, hopefully to our neighbors satisfaction this second time round. 
The Lord has given me the insight that compassion for her is going to go a lot further in the long run and we want neighbors for these young men that will try to relate genuinely, sharing time with them and be a blessing to them. Hopefully this neighbors compassionate side will show it's face if we show her a some more ourselves.

In the house,
up on the roof 
things are moving quickly this week.


Alexe and his team setting the vertical columns in place.

Sasha lending a helping hand

handmade crank crane



and more rafters - this is a good thing, we've been waiting a while to see some

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Okay, so there's some progress that's starting on the roofing, especially since much preparation had to go up before today. 
Why today, Wednesday, October 26th
Well it's not a big holiday, just the rest of our lumber from Kiev arrived with the carpenter and his team today and the interior finished pieces that will bear the load of the roof. 
Excited, a little bit!

unloading of the truck

These are the eight columns with the premade trusses on the right.
All the wood in this photo has been finished with a light gray, natural look to match the colors that will coordinate in this main hall and the kitchen, an open area to one another.

Looking into the house at the side door, through the utility room
 and hallway into the main hall at the premade trusses.

Up on the ROOF TOP

The guys that were there to help today worked hard, but there was a challenging couple bumps in the day, to say the least.

 Maxim working on getting the ground prepared for an apricot tree and Sergei finishing the wall around the garden plot before winter sets in.

Because the decorative metal work going along the back of the fence is not ready yet, we put up a temporary simple metal cover for the open space through the winter at our neighbor ladies request. She wants people to stay off her property, so we met her request.

This is how it looked when finished

It's just we put it on the wrong side of the brick wall that's up, and the neighbor watched the whole production and came to tell us as the last screws were being placed in loose spots that she wanted it on our side of the fence, not taking 10 cm from her side of the fence. So after a day of work and lots of complaint from the neighbor, as she will use those 10 cm through the winter, the guys began to take everything apart and begin again. 
Tomorrow I'll share with you the end results.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19th
Updates on the roof, well trusses for the roof

I think I got all the perspectives except the one from up on top, 
not fond of homemade ladders and heights.

Went tree hunting today, now is the time to transplant them.
If the home is going to be lived in, it needs to have some provision of shade and fruit.
We lost three of the trees through this last year, the summer was especially harsh and dry. Those we do have are doing very well.

We looked at a nursery across the river from Darivka, outside the town called Ingoo. 
There is already a town called Ingoolets on the river Ingoolest, so this one just took the shortened version.

This dirt road took us to a barred dirt path, we walked the rest of the way. 
rather determined, or is "ruther" appropriate here?

Looking across at Darivka

It was so nice to see some trees I recognized.
The maples here were diseased, but the oaks were really pretty.

Japanese plum, a youngin'

Our tour guide with my 2 project managers.

The three water towers are always a delight to my heart. They sit on the plot right next to where we will build Naomi's home for the young ladies.
So it's been a while since I've posted anything. Part of the challenge with building projects is that when builders deviate from the building plan it takes a while to get back on track, fix problems that have been created. Yes, it's taken us a full three weeks to fix the problem and get the supplies needed to begin building again. Grateful we are building again, but we're about a month and half behind schedule at this point. 
God has a plan, trusting.

October 17th, Monday morning

From the day: Project 1
Getting the water off and out of the first floor house parents quarters
As there is no roof yet, with the rain we've had, it's been a challenge to keep this area fairly dry, the basement under it too.

From the day: Project 2
Getting the the current trees in the garden prepared for winter, it's cold already.
A new adventure on this sunny day.

Yes, that's fresh from the local gal with 2 cows. 
Gifted her a bit more than a dollar for this fine donation. 
We sorted through the fresh and older dried pieces, set the fresh aside to dry for next spring.

Did I do okay Pop?

Very inexperienced here, so heavily dependant upon the advice of others, we got lots, 
often conflicting, so we did our best.