We had a lovely family staying in Forest Cottage in April and it was the children (of which there were four) who wrote in our guest book before they left. We enjoyed their comments so much, I thought I would share their entry with you here.
After our busy month of guests during April, May began with us starting our new projects!
During the course of our time at Kamberg Valley Hideaway, we have realised that the old workshop is actually extremely badly build and very dangerous! The walls had big cracks, which had been bolted together to keep them from falling down and we noticed that the walls were not actually built on the concrete slab, but on a row of bricks which were actually separating more and more over time from the floor. Really not a safe place for any of us to be. We decided therefore, that we would knock down the old workshop and re-locate it to the field where the water tanks live, so that it was away from our guests staying in Forest Cottage!
The first week we spent clearing the workshop, and removing all the benches and shelves from inside, so that it could be knocked down.
We also had the TLB come in to clear away all the wattle, and the large pile of wood that had clearly been discarded at some point in time, from behind the workshop, so we could actually see the river and gain access to it. It is such a lovely part of our property, but totally overgrown and of little use, as it was!
Bryan took a couple of photos with the drone and here is the before and after!
So, one of our jobs over the coming months is to landscape this area so that our guests can enjoy walking along the river and viewing the sunset over Cleopatra Mountain, Mount Lebanon and the valley to Highmoor!
Once we had cleared and emptied the workshop, and the TLB had cleared and levelled the land for the location of the new workshop, Beaven and his crew at Ezweni Construction, started work on the foundations, concrete slab and brickwork! As we know from last year, Beaven and his guys are phenomenal and here is a slideshow of the progress over just two weeks!
As well as starting to build the new workshop, they also dismantled the old workshop. We will be using the windows, door, roofing and roof beams for the new workshop so once the guys had dismantled and salvaged the materials we want to re-use, they then hit demolition mode and seemed to have a lot of fun doing so!
Incidentally, once they removed the wooden roof beams, the entire back wall completely collapsed. The guys in the building when the roof beams were removed could be hear shouting and were seen frantically running out of the building as the wall went! So, in essence, the roof was currently keeping the wall up! Not safe at all!
So, at the end of two weeks, we now have a new workshop that is basically up to roof height and a flat, cleared slab area!
The location of the old workshop is going to be one more guest cottage! It is going to be fantastic with an incredible view from the patio! Sunset Cottage...
I will be writing the blog (hopefully) from week-to-week, with progress updates as we continue with our various projects for this year, so I hope you will check in to see what is happening, unless, or course you are coming to visit us!