And that plan is an underground cellar! Why cellars are not a standard feature in this country I have no idea. Especially given that the original emigrants to this country were mainly from Europe. If this cellar has a suitable temperature, I plan on storing excess harvests in this cellar, as well as my preserves and any food which I would normally store in a fridge - which I don't have LOL (And it will also be large enough to store RMan's favourite tipple - Windhoek Larger.)
|Leveling the ground running up to the|
entrance to the future cellar
So, late last October / early November the digger loader came in and dug the original cellar hole a little deeper. I am picturing a half submerged cellar which will be covered with an earth berm. That should help to keep it cool during our hot summers. And, hopefully, invisible from any building inspectors who come to sign off the house... when it's complete.
It is situated roughly half way between the start of the lemon orchard and the house - and right next to the vegetable patch.
The door opening is facing east - so that should help keep the midday / afternoon heat out. I couldn't have it facing south, which would have been ideal, as the slope of the land dictated it's position. Also, our major wind comes from the south, which would cause havoc with opening and closing the door - trust me - our kitchen door faces south - and that's a b-i-g hassle.
We have a layer of topsoil, a layer of clay and then pure shale. The only thing that could cut through that kind of ground is the digger loader - and there were times where even it seemed to initially battle a bit. And the solid shale will be a perfect base for the cellar.
The entrance still needs to be dug a little deeper, but, because we were running out of digging time on that trip, we had to call it a day before I was finished...