We don't always work '19 to the dozen' you know. Some days you get to the site and it's no stress.
Paul is waiting for the next volunteer to arrive, to help him lift up the mixer in the background. He has everything else already set up, in reality we are raring to go.
Today we laid 60 blocks, with two teams. When we had 3 teams, we laid 90 blocks, so you get the idea, it's about 30 blocks per team per day.
Yours truly on the mixer also noted that he made up 6 mixes, so that's a barrow of mortar (say 90 Kgs) for every 10 blocks.
Most of the blocks we laid today were along the back, as can be seen in this picture.
We are getting seriously short of blocks now, just 36 left, not enough for a whole days work. More have been ordered, but the delivery date was not known to today's crew.
An interim question for the older folks among us. Does anyone know what was in this bottle, or know more about its background? We found it on site; a similar one but broken turned up at Broaday. This one is complete.
As you can see, it says SCHWEPPES around the base, and the sides are mottled to a rough finish. It is also quite heavy, pointing to an early age. On the other hand, it is made for a crown cork, so that makes it younger again.
Underneath it gives a patent number, and the date of February 1922.
Can anyone say any more?
For lunch, Maitre d' Paul treated us to Beefburgers and ketchup in buns, it was very difficult to get back to work afterwards.
Briefly in the afternoon we saw this white plume. Was this a banker pushing a train up the Fish Hill incline?
Today was a diesel driver experience day, carried out with a class 47. We missed it on the way down, too quick. After reporting to the signalman that we had vacated the site, we heard that it would be back very shortly, but no loco materialised, so no picture of it. Must have had more tea at Winchcombe.
We will be back on Monday.