Another Friday, another day at Hayles. We seem to be settling down to a regular habit of two days a week, but one that will be broken when the railway starts to run on Fridays, basically in the month of August.
Then it was off to work laying blocks. Foremarke Hall would not return until the end of the day, after our departure from the site - we only ever see them on the way down.
You can see quite a bit of progress here, with the dark mortar in the second row indicating blocks laid a few moments ago. With the warm wind, the mortar went off quickly.
In the photograph they seem to be frozen in astonishment, but the reason for their puzzlement was not recorded. It may have been that someone shouted 'Tea'.
From a chat with one of the employees it seems that this is for agricultural research into grass types. Different types of grass can be used best for different purposes - for fodder, lawns, sports fields and so on. The machine cuts the grass, stores it briefly in a box in the middle where it is weighed in lots, then ejected. In this way the yield per acre can be calculated. Neat.
Back to the case in hand, and we find Paul's team have almost completed the rear side row they were working on, and have started on the box around the catch pit.
The hole in the bottom right is to allow the water, to be collected in a pipe at the rear, to percolate into the catch pit.
In order to stagger the joints, a half block was used. Some of these new blocks have a neat split in the middle, which means you can easily separate them into two equal sized smaller blocks.
Later in the day, we were treated to a fly-by by the Red Arrows! They flew down the vale, over Dumbleton Hill, unfortunately too far away to take a picture. They flew in two blocks of 6, their red planes clearly recognisable.
At the end of the day, very good progress had been made, and you can now clearly see the shape and extent of the wall.