Stage two surges ahead

A few months ago I wrote a post about stage 2 of our house plan.

I wrote about our desire to knock down the building next door so that we could create a tropical escape for us and the kids. With our trip to NZ/AUS and then Por Yais death it got put on the back burner but not for long.

When I was in Laos and just a few days after the funeral of Por Yai one of his close friends was walking down the road past his final home when he commented that every time he saw the place it made him sad so when we were going to pull it down like was originally planned. It was quickly decided that nothing was really holding up the project and that it might be very therapeutic for some people and withing 24 hours the job was started and 24 hours later the job was finished.

Dozens of people turned up to help out and almost everything was salvaged for one thing or another. Most of it was saved for my brother in law Khum to build a shed out on his rice farm.

This is what the view was like from our balcony before work begun.

Original garden pic

And here are some pics showing the progress. I really like the one with my two girls watching proceedings.











With everything removed it was time to build the land up to the same height as our house which means raising the entire block over 1 metre in height. Of course that will be another post another time!

In Peppers Bakery and Cafe news we getting very close to opening the doors to the public. A few more days tweaking the menu and it will be all go. We finalised the staff today which was a great relief. All the shop signs are due over the next few days. Staff uniforms were printed today and coffee is already being produced for eager staff and friends and initial responses have been very favourable.

I haven’t been in the shop that much the last few days as my best mate has been in town for the last 48 hours and he heads home tomorrow. It has been great to see him again but it has also been a very busy time. I have also been unwell and even worst Marisah had a night of vomiting two nights ago and a day of bottom vomiting today. Tonight thank goodness she seemed rather frisky and well!

6 responses to “Stage two surges ahead

  1. What a transformation now with the building demolished. I am sure it would have been very therapeutic for all that helped.

    As for “bottom vomiting” the mind boggles!!
    Love Mum

  2. Could you also please post the pictures of you working during the demolition !!

    MeMock replied “I was too busy lugging logs around the Laos countryside when all this was going on!”

  3. Hope you will remove the concrete base before filling with soil? One meter will provide enough soil depth for most things to grow okay, especially grass, but I still think it would be better to at least break up the concrete for better drainage and allow roots to go down through the gaps to search for water in the dry season.

    MeMock replied “When I first read your comment I thought of course we would of and then thought twice when I realised what country I am in! I just asked my wife and she assures me it was ripped up with a tractor which is good news!”

  4. Where did the two very large pots go ???

  5. The pots are still there Doug!

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