From simple sketches and notes in my journal, the ideas slowly grew into more drawings and plans. As I spent time wandering the landscape, the bush and hidden views gradually revealed where each tent should go. It took time to unfold, like a good story, one page at a time. The inspiration came when it needed to, like rain at the right season. As the ideas and plans for the camp structures grew, so did the larger vision. The inspiration for this was wrapped in red and walked around with crooked walking sticks. But that is another story for later.
Several visitors to the camp last year asked me how the camp came into being. It is a lengthy tale and I will have to tell the story in bits in more than one blog post. To keep you informed about the most recent developments I will combine bits of the camp’s history together with the more recent accomplishments.
The drawings seen here was made between 2005 and 2006. The vision for the camp started several years before that. It is still in progress and the camp is far from complete. Perhaps it will never really be complete?
Life is just too short!
In January 2012 we had the privilege of receiving 4 volunteers from the UK who came and assisted us to build a wooden deck for one of the accommodation tents as well as the building of an earth oven. These were Andy Bray, Michael Hector, Dave Hastings-Barnes and Rod More O’Ferrall. We are very thankful to these men who sacrificed their time to help us accomplish this task.
The floorboards here is from the White Mahogany(Khaya anthotheca). These hardwood timbers was harvested from a tree in the forest that died of natural causes. As the drawings above suggest, this floor will eventually be covered by a tent under a thatched roof. As an intermediate stage we are using fly-sheets instead of thatch.