I've completed the first few courses, but in truth it hasn't gone too well. Due to nothing other than carelessness on my part (especially as I have the right tools), the first course wasn't perfectly square, and rather stupidly I figured that I could correct it with each successive course. I did actually manage to do that, but the first two rows of the rear wall were obviously wrong (as viewed from the kitchen window) and I decided that I just couldn't live with it like that. So today, I took out three bricks as you can see, which I will re-lay when it stops raining. Luckily the bond is pretty strong and I had some difficulty with this. At least it didn't collapse! The pointing isn't too great either, but I am not a builder and I am learning fast! There will be another central wall going from left to right, same thickness as the back wall, so the base as viewed from above will look like a letter 'E'. Therefore there will be two log storage bays accessible from the side. Overall size is 1200 x 1500mm, and the oven assembly (which is quite small) will sit on four pavers, each 600 x 750mm. At least (so far) it's all perfectly level, so here's hoping for the best...
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