We had two house minders to cover absence for five days, they were actually with us almost a month. Kimberly and Jeremie from Montreal became WWOOFers you dream of: excellent company, imaginative, happy at all sorts of work... family.
Jeremie is a landscaper who had done a lot of dry stone wall construction, but had never worked with mortar. He built the required structure. Kim's experience has been as an office administrator. She approached the business of making mosaics with an intense focus on the intricate, a delicate sense of style and ... and a discovered enthusiasm for hitting tiles with a hammer!
They very happily took on a creative project for Helen, to demolish and replace a sink base in the backyard, that which I had constructed in 2013 (with doubts evident from Helen and two French WWOOFers, David and Nicholas in photo below) had succumbed to its own ridiculousness...
|The way it was.|
|We used some of the demolished blocks, some wood on hand, and some old bricks we had.|
Dennis did some slave work cleaning bricks.
|Some special items, like this half cup, need placement last,|
for which a little polyurethane glue is used
|To grout, you put a bog of the grout, toothpaste consistency or thicker, on the tiles, |
after the tile adhesive has set very firmly. Rub carefully in and clean off the tile surfaces.
Compare (two photos back) with how this end looks before grout.
And a week later, some more photos.
|Detail of Kim's work. Fine and light... we will have to get the grout right!|
Here's the whole structure again. Thanks Kim and Jeremie!