I have been working in sections just in case we have rain. The prep work has taken the most time. I take off a section of plastic, straighten the bales as best I can, fill holes and cover all exposed wood and metal with mudded burlap.
Wood with burlap and cob (mud and straw) stuffed in the cavity above.
There was a cavity that I couldn't get to from inside that ran all around the house. This had to be filled with cob as well.
One thing I've learned: the better and straighter the bales are stacked, the less prep work. That is easier said than done! Because the house was completely covered with plastic we could not see the other side to see how well we were fitting the bales and how straight we were getting them so we're having to do all that work now. Every hole has to be filled with straw and/or cob. BUT, once this first coat is done, the rest will go a lot faster!
Our friend Beth, came by to help!
Our friend Jo, came by as well, but my hands were too covered with mud to get a picture of her. Next time!
Here's the wall with the olive oil bottles. I'm really happy with the way it's looking. I think it will be very nice when all the plaster is done and the bottles are cleaned.
With the monsoon rains came the flies! They have been terrible and they BITE! SOOO, I just said the heck with it and spread mud all over my legs - no flies!!
Our friend Carol helping
All the plastic is OFF! And most of the slip coat is DONE!
And it's starting to look like a house!