Work on our place has stalled due to construction jobs elsewhere in the desert. We stole one day to lay a few courses of adobe block on the arch, but have several more courses to go before the ramada west wall is done.And we continue to experiment with plasters, as you can see on the adobe wall. They will eventually be chipped off before the ‘real’ plaster is applied.
With a few hours to spare at the end of one day, and with a bucket of heavenly red clay sitting there shouting at me every time I pass it, I mixed up some of that clay, black volcanic sand, and a couple handfuls of chopped dried grass that we harvested from alongside Terlingua Creek. Bit by bit I added water, played with the cob, and a lizard started talking to me. And now I have a dark reddish brown lizard buddy that is still solid despite drying in the sun for nearly a month. I think he is deserving of a red clay slip to hide the grass clippings and look more elegant. Then I’ll have to find a place to incorporate a vertical block!
A new addition to the El Punto family: a 2,700-gallon capacity tank. We’re very happy!