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My thatched roof cottage

I always thought it would be nice to have a thatched roof cottage, I just thought it would be in Ireland rather than Uganda.

I've got a pretty big yard and I've now started construction on building a round hut in which I hope to be able to waste away the hot afternoons while snoozing in a hammock. It's more of a screened in porch as the walls will only come up about 3 1/2 feet then the pillars will go up to 7 feet and the windows will be screened in. It'll have a nice thatched roof on top.

The best part will be that I'm having them build large veranda on it which will have a fire pit where I can hang out in the evening and grill up some chicken. Hopefully the firepit will be a little ways away from the grass roof!

Oh and I'm wiring ethernet and power from the house as well so I can hang out with my laptop as I don't think the wireless will reach (If I ever get a wireless router working!).

Here's what it looks like after 3 days of construction. It should be done in a week or so.


They will cover the bricks with a layer of cement before paintiing it as well as laying cement for the floor and veranda.

The funny thing about building this in the yard is that it is somewhat like popping the hood of your car in your driveway, every guy in the neighborhood stops by to talk shop. Of course just like with the car, I have no idea what they are talking about and just nod along pretending I'm a real man who knows about things like construction ("Yeah. 220... 221, whatever it takes.").

My big idea is to christen the building with a big 4th of July party with hamburgers and hotdogs and toasted marshmallows. My only problem is I don't think you can get hamburgers, hotdogs or marshmallows around here. Maybe we'll just stick with beer and chicken.

And as long as I've got the workers here, I'm starting to think that I need a wood fired brick oven for baking bread and pizza!