Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Repairs at Uncle Tom's Cabin

Our house here is a cosy but odd little place. There are three bedrooms, two of which are extremely small (a single bed nearly fills them). The main bedroom off the living room is larger and has plenty of cupboard space. But the step up from the living room is nearly 18 inches high. We have been managing, but it is a bit daunting, especially in the middle of the night. Yesterday the school sent some workers to build a step to make it more accessible. Dan was home and took several pictures of the process.

They mixed the cement in the area outside our door.

Building up the step area with bricks and rocks.

Nearly finished, with a rough layer of cement on the bricks and rocks.

Smoothing the cement.

And the final result (not to be stepped on for at least 24 hours). The slight offset of the step made it easier to get in and out of the bedroom yesterday and today.

They'll come back to cut a step-shaped hole in the coir matting on the floor and bind up the edges. Soon it will look as if the step had always been there.

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