ABOUT SKY HACIENDA

June Donaldson and Edward Garry live at an altitude of 2,600 metres in Mosoj Llajta, Yotala, 20 minutes from the colonial city of Sucre in Bolivia, South America. Using earth and stones from the land, we have sculpted beautiful buildings which compliment the high desert landscape and incorporate creative and innovative elements of design.

We have designed a high quality hotel in Sucre for guests who want to get off the treadmill of travelling from city to city in South America. At Sky Hacienda you can dictate your own timing and choose how to enjoy your stay, whether it is doing very little or exploring the best that the Andes in Bolivia has to offer.

19 December 2011

TERRACING ON THE POOL SIDE

After their great work on the dry stone wall that formed the terrace in front of the bedrooms, Rosando and Marcello moved to the other side of the Roundhouse, above the pool.  Although we had stopped the wind blowing the dust into the pool from the prevailing northerly direction by building the pool wall, we still had the occasional storms from the south.  So we set to work terracing the slope that ran down the side of the pool to contain the muddy water that ran down the slope during the rainy season.  Grassing the area adjacent to the pool would prevent mud splashing into the water in heavy rainstorms.

Our team construct the steps in the wall.
The wall is backfilled with rubble and small stones.
Ed and Carmello help haul a huge stone into place on the back wall of the terrace.
A mixture of leverage and brute force is required.  
Our workers leave for their 2 week break for Christmas.  On their return in the new year they will finish up the walls and prepare the ground below the terrace for grass sowing to take advantage of the highest months of rainfall in January and February.

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