The ‘Breakfast’ Dome went up in the same way as the other domes (see previous Blogs) except for one innovation. We decided to put the rice husk ‘sausage’ shaped bags that line the domed roof on the outside of the frame instead of the inside. Everything went much quicker and the dome was lined in 4 days.
Next step was to weave a covering of bamboo over the bags so that the cement cap would have something to grip on to.
Cement covered the bamboo cap. This is necessary because of the monsoon rains. The top bit of the dome was finished before we began to build the overhanging eaves, which were woven bamboo and steel rebar, with plywood underneath to hold up a layer of cement.
We are now much better at applying mud to walls and so able to be a bit more imaginative.
Each of the wooden eaves is covered with mud and straw and then a unique design made on each one – done by different volunteers.
The outside of the Breakfast Dome is pretty much finished and looks great in line with the two roundhouses below, with their top-knots matching the mosaic on the dome.
Meanwhile, volunteers are working at plastering the inside of one of the domes, which will be one of the bedroom domes, and it is beginning to look fabulous!
The rains have finally begun!
It was very hot during the last couple of weeks before the monsoon began, and we are all thankful and happy that the weather is cooler. Practically over night plants began sprouting and new leaves are now covering the trees. I am looking forward to learning more about gardening and am hoping for some experienced gardening volunteers to show up and teach me!
Anyone interested in volunteering any time this summer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org