Dry, dull. Team gathered at Casa Semear at 9.10am. Esther led devotions.

Caio brought the paint for the kitchen corridor. His wife Dorothee had chosen turquoise. Unfortunately Dorothee was unwell today and could not join us.

We had planned to continue with the following tasks:-

a) Fire ahead with cementing, plastering and painting the art room walls;

b) Finish painting the toilet walls;

c) Sand corridor ceiling and paint it;

d) Continue painting the kitchen corridor;

e) Paint the bathroom ceiling.

Robert was anxious, however, that, seeing how well the team had worked up till now, there were 3 other major jobs that were preying on his mind and he wondered if we could discuss them with Senor Luiz, to see what would be possible over Tues., Wed., and Thurs. (we leave on Friday, or so we thought!). The three “other jobs” were:-

1) Build a temporary balcony outside the art room windows (which are 200 feet above ground level) and cement and plaster the outside wall.

2) Build the concrete staircase from ground level up to the first floor level of the flats in the backyard.

3) Knock down the lower half of the wall in the art room, expose the open light well, (which is only 100feet above ground level), and build a concrete floor over this 4 sq. metre area which would then become a large storage cupboard for the art room.

No.1 was dismissed immediately as insanity, as it would have meant attaching a rope around the pensioner (i.e. Gavin), although willing, and lowering him over the window with his bucket (of cement) and trowel! (Only Esther and Ray were concerned. The rest of the team were worryingly silent!)

No.2 was declined as it was felt by the time Senor Luiz had built the shuttering to house the staircase steps, ready to be filled with concrete, the team would be in their beds!

No. 3 was the winner, which then knocked the planned programme on its head.

So, the day went like this:-

1) Orlando cleared the blocked drain in the art room sink;

2) The children arrived for their Bible club at 9.30am with Robert;

3) Senor Luiz was asked to make out a list of what materials were required;

4) Craig and Caio were despatched in the Kombi van to buy this;

5) Sand, stones, cement and chalk, were delivered to Casa Semear within the hour;

6) The guys started to bag the large amount of rubbish in the back yard, ready for uplift by the cleansing on Friday;

7) The girls carried on with their painting tasks;

8) The lorry arrived with its’ full load, and deposited it in the street;

9) The Combi was parked in the street and caused a traffic jam as nobody had the keys, so we had to push it out the way;

10) The guys shovelled and bagged the stones and sand, and carried what was required up to the art room,

11) A leak was noticed coming out of the water pipe at the front door;

12) Senor Luiz, just at that moment , put his chisel through a water pipe, and we had to turn off the water until he could fix it;

13) Ray polyfilled the wall in the art room;

14) Senor Luiz fixed the burst pipe;

15) Craig returned with all the concrete beams ordered by Senor Luiz;

16) The guys mixed the concrete and the new floor was laid as the base for the art room cupboard;

17) Walls were plastered and rubbed down, ready for painting;

18) The children’s club came in at 3.30pm and some of the team were engaged with them until 5.30pm.

Work then progressed as planned. It became another long and exhausting day but much was achieved, ready to progress tomorrow. We finished at 7.00pm.

Gavin on behalf of the group.

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