From Joey Waterson, who looked after our Community Build team working on The Linhay, our Centre for Land Based Learning. Http://www.embercombe.co.uk/linhay
After an exilharating friends working weekend and council meeting ,the evening was followed by the welcoming of the third community build group arriving to be with the embercombe build company for 5days on the Linhay project .
the evening began with shared evening meal and introduction to accommodation followed by a good nights rest ,
each day a get yourself breakfast followed by a shared clear up,after which we the community build group started with a morning checking in meeting and sharing of ourselves both on a personal and practical nature.
we then ventured forth to the Linhay project nestled down amongst the garden flowers vegetables polytunnels and lake ares of Embercombe.this is where we were met by Phil ireland and his team of builders under whose guidance and wisdom along with valuable instructions we were going to spend the following few days.
After the usual health and safety and site ppe instructions that some of us were getting used to ,you can never hear it enough in terms of taking care of each other ,we met the professionals as we like to call them , who welcomed us with admiration humour and curiousity of who we all are ;within a short time 10 of us in total were all working away on various tasks using tools we couldnt name exploring ways to hold them sharing stories asking many questions of our professional builders, the whole scene was a pleasant experience cold sunshine looking like we all belonged and all looking like wasps in our yellow jackets steel boots and helmets and googles a community build team in action .
our work was mainly around carpentry ,making joints in oak frames for a balcony , we also completed a carvings on two pieces for a gable end apexes which look stunning ,the balcony structures we had started on previous builds and were kept back as our project . this was a very humbling experience for us who had started this part of building ,we were grateful that the amount of responsibility the trust shown to us that we were capable of achieving such task that was going to be seen by many people for lifetimes was such a gift of the professionals of the embercombe building company and its team .very appreciative.
We also enjoyed the wonderful opportunities of the well deserved tea breaks amongst the apples being pressed along with flap jacks /bacon and good humour well needed with cold sometimes wet windy days ,provided from phil and his A team .
We also had some more brick and stone work going on which was a continuation of various techniques, along with preparation of wood for future decking floors,
in our spare time we also helped in putting first coats of paint on some of walls in various rooms on walls and ceilings in preparation for other trades to continue their work.
All in all a very good week full of humour and experience of achievements from teaching instruction from good hearted down to earth people .
All of the builders who helped show us the way ,gave us their tools showed us ways of using them safely and efficiently and also learned from us in this exchange of meeting of hearts and minds .
all of us are so much richer from having worked alongside the embercombe building company team of people .
our team of community builders were a mixture of those who had been previously some volunteers from embercombe some local people trying building for the first time we also enjoyed embercombe’s founder joining us for a short time amongst his busy schedule,
we also enjoyed the beautiful cared for meals created daily from the embercombe garden up in the cosmic kitchen provided for from the apprentices and volunteer team, the evenings were also full of choir singing, womens and mens circles, knitting circles and stories around the fire on sofas sometimes sleeping reading playing music or just wandering out into the night towards our beds via the gift of a beautiful bowl of stars nestling us in the dreaming of this our community build full moon week.
much love joey xxx