It was a beautifully warm and sunny Sunday.
So today we hung cork while the sun shined.
We bought the battery-powered drill on Saturday,
and it was a lot smaller than the picture suggested,
small enough, in fact, for Marmalade to use it
(with our supervision, of course).
So Mohamed put in some foam insulation to fill in the missing pieces,
then I re-measured the wall to plan where to out the panels
(they are 1 meter x 1/2 meter, and 5 cm thick,
but of course, our wall isn’t).
Luckily the cork panels are easy to cut,
even though almost 2 inches thick,
it cut like stale bread.
And even easier to hang,
especially with our new drill.
We hung the top pieces while Marmalade was distracted
playing with her lego-like fire truck that she got from Pai Natal
(a.k.a. Santa) at her holiday party at school.
Then when she started to get interested in our work,
we let her push the trigger to operate the drill,
while I held the screw and drill near the bit,
and Mohamed held the panels.
Within a few hours, we had a whole new exterior bathroom wall.
The second one will require a lot more measuring and cutting,
to fit around the windows, so we’ll tackle that when we get the time.
And they have a really nice natural smokey smell!
All in all, they are a great product,
locally-made, carbon-negative, 100% natural cork,
steam-treated, with no additives, and no production waste
Otherwise, since it was a Fruit time,
Marmalade helped me plant some more peas in the garden.
I also cleared some of the overgrowth from around the cherry trees.
Tomorrow’s my birthday,
so I’ll be making a cheesecake.
And since the oven will be on,
roasting a small hokkaido squash for a soup for dinner.