Pardon the interruption...

...in your weekly blog update.  The last two weeks have been extraordinarily busy! This past Sunday evening, at 9:35PM CST, we welcomed our first grand baby, Cameron Elaine Buttermore.  6lbs, 15 oz and 20 inches of why we are here on this Earth. [caption id="attachment_2922" align="aligncenter" width="549"]image1 Sweet Cameron Elaine![/caption] We could not be more thrilled at her arrival!  She is beautiful, like her momma. [caption id="attachment_2923" align="aligncenter" width="303"]image2 They look like twins![/caption] One day before Cameron decided to join us in this big, wondrous world, our batch plant was also delivered! There was no epidural involved in the batch plant delivery, but I sure needed a drink when it was over.  Lori documented the whole thing in a series of videos.  With our police escort, we had Center Line Road, the main thoroughfare across island, blocked for about 3.5 hours on a Saturday morning.  Many people exited their vehicles and walked up to check out what was going on, and in typical island fashion, jumped in to help and provide their expert opinions on how to get this massive structure with 9" of clearance into its final resting place. Our first attempt was short lived. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8NKmJVKsH4 Now to dig out a furrow to see if we can make it happen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dycxa8bQaU Thought that would do the trick, but not quite... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m45wNMUMiY Ok, now we need to figure out how to get enough clearance to get the last 1/3 of this bad boy into place! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvsjITpB5t4 Now that we have the clearance we need, the wires want to present one last obstacle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN1B48a2-0Q With the final hurdle cleared, its just a matter of squeezing this beast of a machine into its final resting place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhRYaODPrvg With the batch plant now in place, we can transform the yard into a concrete plant that is far superior to any in the Caribbean and the mainland.  The island has waited long enough for a quality product and supplier! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-esfDz0JYg If you know St. John, you must marvel at the skill and cooperation it took of the entire community to get this incredible machine into place.  You think its tough driving a jeep on these roads, imagine getting this thing up Supreme Corner! [gallery ids="2920,2914" type="rectangular"] Now that the batch plant is in place, we've been busy getting walls poured and figuring out the last bits that will get us to production soon! [gallery ids="2918,2917,2919,2916,2924,2915" type="rectangular"]

Now on to Calichi At Picture Point!

This concrete batch plant could not arrive soon enough.  The plumbers and electricians have been busy getting all the "in slab" conduit in place on Poolside Villa #1. [gallery ids="2911,2910" type="rectangular"] There are a lot of floor jacks in place underneath Poolside Villa #1 fullsizerender Poolside Villa #2 is on hold until we get concrete with the cistern ready to be poured. fullsizerender_8 The tower villa is awaiting some concrete as well. fullsizerender_3 The team has been focusing on the upper 1BR unit for now.  The stem walls for the southern edge of the villa are formed and the floor slab is being formed.  The team has also formed the stem walls for the walkway.  To the user, it will seem to be a simple sidewalk.  They will have no idea of the structure beneath their feet. [gallery ids="2909,2908" type="rectangular"]   This week, Sheraz and crew will waterproof the cistern and continue work on the 1BR villa floor slab.  I walked the plank over to the slab form above the massive cistern and finally got a glimpse of the view which will await guests in this villa. [caption id="attachment_2907" align="alignnone" width="640"]fullsizerender_3 View from Upper 1BR villa Living Room[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2906" align="alignnone" width="640"]fullsizerender_2 Panorama Shot from Upper 1BR[/caption] While the guys were forming and tying steel, Wayne moved a massive amount of dirt and excavated the area where the pool complex will be located.   [caption id="attachment_2905" align="aligncenter" width="480"]fullsizerender_1 Pool Excavation[/caption] That's it for this week (2 weeks).  I'll keep "dual blogging" on the concrete plant as it is now become tied to Calichi @ Picture Point progress. Apologies to Ting, but she is no longer the cutest baby on island! [wpvideo YAPpOKA2] Have a great week everyone!