I managed to convince a few friends to come up and join me for the next chapter in preparing the barn for the wedding. It turned out that all it took was the promise of some beer and food! Karler, Erlend, Simen, Stig, Lasse and I took friday off work and drove up to Hellesylt right after work on Thursday only to arrive at Matvika at 2am after a few detours (we drove the wrong way on purpose of course). The plan was to finish the floor of the barn as well as building new toilets and fixing up the pathway that had caved in some time ago. It turned out that even with two civil engineers as part of the crew (I’m looking at you Karler and Erlend) estimating the actual work was harder than expected. Building a floor on the foundation of an old barn was WAY more work than we anticipated, and from the pictures below it does look like we didn’t get that far, but to be honest we have done a massive amount of groundwork. The work is progressing and it will of course be ready just in time for the wedding! Nils Roger and Marit along with some family and friends (one of them, Jon, was actually a carpenter which was very helpful) were also in Matvika working outdoors and prepared all the meals for us so we could focus on doing the things we had no practical experience of doing. Nils Roger and Marit had also transported quite a bit of the materials for the floor beforehand which was of great help. Have you ever thought about how much wood goes into a 100 square meter floor? Neither have I.. turns out you do think about it when carrying it up from the boat to the barn. Around 2500 kg of material had to be carried by hand!

Huge thanks to the guys for helping out with the building process and putting in the long hours necessary to get to where we are today. On Saturday we worked until 23:30 just to get a feel of the work hours we were doing.

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Simen and Stig making sure the floor is level

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Erlend and Jon putting in place more beams to support the floor

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Making sure the floor is level is a lot of work!

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Beer is a necessity

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Simen leveling the floor

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Finally ready to start with the actual floor!

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Well deserved break

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No work camp complete without a selfie

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Working until 23:30 and getting up again at 06:30 is hard work!

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The floor is slowly coming together