When it comes to luck, it was considered a bad move to build in any direction other than lengthwise, so our cottages are never more than one room deep.
The most common two room type has an ‘upper’ & ‘lower’ room, with the hearth gable creating a natural dividing wall.
Our lower room is staked out at 11 foot (interior wall measurement) from the gable, drawn with acrylic paint upon the ground layer of blue til, which after three dry weeks has gone rock hard.
Having re organised all stone reserves on site, what remains of the large brutes are rolled into place for foundations.
Make sure they don’t rock under foot, leveling the earth and nipping off edges then filling with mortar, in this case lime NHL5 for strength.
A rare day for Donegal, as it happens to be stunning here while the entire rest of the island buckets with rain.
The lower room makes it’s shape.
Then our weather luck changes with the approach of massive dark clouds.