The Fifth Element

I really enjoyed the film, so much so that if it’s ever repeated on TV then I will normally give it the time and watch it again; that is if we had a TV 🙂

The fifth element in this case is the final finish coat of lime render, the fifth layer to help keep out wind and rain and also the prequel to taking the scaffolding down; yay!

But don’t get too excited, we still have to finish this ultimate layer; but with two walls done, once again we are heartened by the progress made and we can mentally tick another box.

It soon became apparent that Chris, our labourer, was far quicker and better at getting the plaster on the wall than me so I quickly took on the role of mixer and painter, whilst Gosia found her niche in floating the surface to a smooth finish.

For this final mix (three sand to one lime) we moved to a very fine sand which also just happened to have an orange hue, so the resulting plaster contrasted against the previous scratch coat, but this wouldn’t last long as I quickly lime washed the drying surface to prevent it going off too quickly. My lime wash mix was 1 part lime to one and a bit parts water, whizzed up with an electric drill; I will be going over the building once again before the scaffold comes down to make sure we have an even finish. This process provides a sacrificial layer for the weather to wear down and should be repeated once a year, traditionally on May Day, so I’m ahead of schedule:)

We were also blessed with two other elements last week, great weather, with temperatures up to 27°C, and water, following the installation of the water pump for our borehole. The latter went smoothly, even if drawing water was not without incident as the battery on our generator packed up, along with the pull start backup; a problem temporarily fixed by using the battery from the Niva which was them replaced by an old jump start pack that will hopefully keep us going for the next few weeks as we wait for the electricity to be turned on.

Of course the house only keeps us busy between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm, with Chris as our motivation, once he leaves we head down to the stable and start on our second job, planting up the kitchen garden and heating up the water for our tin bath; much needed to wash the lime away 🙂

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Author: Eddy Winko

Trying to leave the rat race and live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog https://winkos.wordpress.com/

17 thoughts on “The Fifth Element”

    1. Thank you and I hope so; Gosia quite liked the new dull orange look, but I insisted we had to a lime wash:) The colour will show through as it ages and wears; then it will look at its best 🙂

  1. How are you going to apply the lime wash once a year with the scaffolding not there? Oh I know, you’ll be off taking pictures while Gosia does it. 🙂

      1. Thank you, just wait until it’s finished 🙂 We hope to have a wooden catwalk that we can put on the terrace that surrounds the building, but then I will have to make it, so it could be a few years before it gets its next coat 🙂

  2. You missed the film! It was on today, by strange coincidence.
    Great work on the house Eddy mate, also envious of the hot weather. It was about 8 degrees here today, and the heating went on tonight! All that tin bath stuff takes me back to my childhood. Who got the last go, in the dirty water, with all the soap floating? Cheers mate, Pete.

    1. We are indeed; it will change the things so much, but only for a while as the terrace will be the next step, changing it from a square box to something else 🙂

  3. Wow, you guys don’t mess around! Great progress! We’re going to be doing a LOT of mud and dirt work this summer, so I hope our progress is as good as yours.

    It feels good to have that water source, huh?

    1. Oh yes, the water is good, the nest step is making sure it’s hot; solar panels later in the year we hope; our first quote came in today!
      The earth layers took so much longer, but much more fun and kinder on the hands 🙂

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