A cold wind.

There was a freezing northerly wind whipping across the site today, although, the sun was out.

We had the thatching material delivered yesterday, 260 bundles of wheat straw. This will be our main roof covering for building 851 as we will be trying several different thatching materials on building 547.

260 bundles of wheat straw.

Some of the 260 bundles of wheat straw.

Much to everyone’s delight there is still a large pile of chalk to crush, however, today it proved to be a better option to be slightly sheltered by the walls around the area we are using to crush chalk than be weaving out in the bitterly cold wind!

Crushing chalk was the better option today!

Crushing chalk was the better option today!

We also started the experiments on the first of the quartered sections of building 547. This involves using coppiced hazel with brash on (brash is when you leave all of the side branches on the hazel). We are trying to test the theory of whether it is necessary to cut off the brash, as we do now, or leave the brash on to see if it helps the daub adhere to the walls.

A section of wall using hazel with the brash still on.

A section of wall using hazel with the brash still on.

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