The photos in this post may be a tad overexposed but stick with me because the story is an oldie and a goodie.
Topping out is a building custom that can be traced all the way back to the ancient Scandinavians. It is a custom that takes place when a building has reached its highest point and is a celebration of the completion of the frame and a job well done.
Topping out acknowledges the building achievements so far, the safety of the builders and it bestows good luck on those who will live in the building in the future.
This afternoon we had a Topping out ceremony at my parents' place at the bottom of our hill.
It was my Dad's suggestion. He said he's seen buildings with branches nailed to them over the years and done a little research and loved the idea. His builders had never been to one but knew exactly what it was and loved the idea too.
The tree is a symbol of respect for Mother Nature, a symbol of new growth and an announcement to the world of how far the building has come.
Mum and Dad's builders, Scott and Andrew fixed an evergreen tree, which is the traditional tree used, a eucalypt because we are surrounded by them here and because Scott and his partner Tamela's business is called Eucabuild, and a wattle because it is August and they're in blossom.
Then we sat around a table the builders had just knocked together and my Dad gave a speech explaining the custom and thanking the builders for the great work they have done so far.
He explained that according to the custom the builders were entitled to beer but that they had asked for a red and a white wine instead.
Then we cheersed to the builders.
Our contribution was a rainbow cake we made using all natural food dyes. Would you believe they were all the colours of the rainbow when they went into the oven? We renamed it the sunshine cake.
It felt like such an honor to be included in this little ritual today. We're so busy, busy running around and around in our lives, it's so great to stop sometimes and be reminded of achievements and to celebrate and to sit and drink wine and eat yummy food outside on a sunny winter's day. Yay!
Don't you think?
Have you celebrated, are you celebrating, will you celebrate a grand or tiny occasion soon?