This is the picture from the end of the balcony outside my room this morning (Saturday 11th June.) You can see that the concrete infill of the bricks is partially complete on the wall on the left.
The bricklayers - quiet, methodical workers who start at first light and rarely finish before dusk - have begun laying the brickwork in the foundations. You can see the accuracy of their work! Also, note the reinforcing rods, just peeping over the top of the bricks: the bricks are filled with concrete, and new rods will be inserted for the next layers above.
These pictures were taken on Thursday, 9th June.
After a long delay, due to an usually prolonged wet season in Port Moresby, the foundations of our extension have at last been laid.
Progress has been swift, once the builders made a start. The first photo you see below was taken on Sunday morning; the last, this morning (Tuesday.) Both architect and builder are delighted with the 1.8m foundations. The black, alluvial soil was not as deep as we feared, and the soil below will make a good foundation. "You can build four stories," the builder assured me confidently. But two will suffice for us now!
Enjoy the snaps ...
Fr Martin Wallace has been assigned to Dominican College since February, 2009.