And the fence came tumbling down

It’s been a hive of activity here today. We woke up to the sound of bamboo being knocked to the ground.
Aubrey said ‘Oh, by the way the guys are coming to take down the fence and start building the wall today!’
Our fence had already partly blown down due to the recent Harmattan winds, which is what fast tracked the new wall.

Feeling a little exposed

Feeling a little exposed


It was just after 7am and work was well under way!

They are working fast and our old bamboo fence at the front was already down and the first stretch of wall almost finished by ten past eleven this morning.

Fence down, ready to go

Fence down, ready to go

The kids have been loving it although I’m not so keen on them climbing the pile of bricks waiting to be used or the pile of sand for the cement, I’ve put a stop to the sand climbing but they are enjoying watching from the vantage point of the bricks and a quick inspection shows there’s no chance of them toppling over (the bricks, I can’t speak for the children!).

The brick mountain

The brick mountain

Apparently they’ll finish one side a day so it will take them just four days to put up the wall. I like our bamboo fence, it’s rustic and unobtrusive. You also feel less like you are in an enclosed space and most importantly I could spy through it! But, it’s falling down – bamboo spoils quickly here if not treated well and if it’s sitting outside in all weathers. It’s also easy for pesky robbers, of which we’ve known of two, to get in and out. Our wall will have broken glass on the top, which is pretty normal here, to make someone think twice about that!
Nearly done for the day

Nearly done for the day


It was chaotic here all day. At the same time that the fence is being built, the garage is being kitted out with shelves to accommodate all the camping kit that has been moved out of the ‘old office’. That’s a story for another day; the new ‘Partner Ghana’ office! So people have been around moving things in and out, building shelves etc. Our veranda is now storing all the contents of our garage, but we are hoping that it will give us the motivation to go through it all and sort it out!
Shelves strong? Check!

Shelves strong? Check!


Our house is also full of the rest of the contents of the garage; suitcases and kids tricyles, scooters and bikes. I actually like a good sort out but it always looks worse before it gets better.

All I can say is that I’m very much hoping we may get a gate now too as chasing dogs and children is kind of boring after the fifth time in a morning. I think the passers by will be thankful too! And as the children are getting bolder and going further each day they’ll be in central Elmina (probably naked) before I find them soon!

Nana boy taking a rest whilst moving all the kit to the garage!

Nana boy taking a rest whilst moving all the kit to the garage!


Hope your day was as busy.

And finally:
The bricks may have been stable but there was a hole down the middle that you could get stuck down! Oops, didn’t check for that one!

Isabel, can you get out?

Isabel, can you get out?


Ochina! x

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s