Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Newgrange Entrance Stone - We visited NewGrange, Knowth and Dowth, which Megalithic Passage Tombs, built circa 3200BC (older than Stonehenge)! The passage tombs have clear astronomical alignments such as the Winter Solstice Sunrise at Newgrange
We also visited Coumshingaun, a Corrie Lake in the Comeragh Mountains in Co. Waterford
This natural builder watches us bemused from its home built in 2 days, as we toil all summer!
Gerry and his joint!
Peter masters the chisel and mallet
Our stone mason Ken, places a lucky horse shoe under the front door step. The shoe came from Pauls cousins Jenny and Ciara whose pony Ricki died recently
Thomas - One Small step for man....
Grant, Alastair, Sam, and Graeme after raising the A-Frame
Nice hats - Thanks Els for keeping us warm in your cosy hand woven and knitted and natually dyed hats
Sam, Karen and Thomas plastering our Oven
Cottage Interior Again
Graeme, our last intern left last week for Scotland. We are very sad and lonely now that everyone has gone back home. Firstly, Thank you to Graeme for all your great work on the roundwood knee braces over the last few months - and all the laughs and good company.
Graeme, is going to Kenya, in January, to teach a Cob building project there. Best of luck with that project Graeme and we look forward to hearing all about it.
Thanks also to Ken, our stonemason, who is quite handy with them knee braces too!
Winter has arrived and our site has been white under snow for the last few weeks. We are slowing down into winter and finally have time to enjoy the memories shared with all our interns, and other instructors and visitors.
Wish you all the best for 2011
Paul & Therese