The quality of the tea has now improved, as we get individual tea bags, with which we can brew our own strength. Paul was 'mother'.
Note to Hayles participants: from now on, drop a pound into the coffee jar, to help Paul buy the materials, currently out of his own pocket.
What do you get for your money? Well, several cups of tea of coffee during the day, but also...
Dave and Lyndon raised the row at the front to the second level at the southern end. All in all, we laid well over 90 blocks today,a new record for us. We have got through two out of the three dumpy bags of sand, half the cement, and about 3/4 of the 480 blocks from the first shipment. Only 96 blocks remain. A hurried site meeting agreed that we urgently needed to re-order supplies to keep us going after the Friday session.
Tim and yours truly laid part of the rear row of blocks around the return, which is apparent in this photograph.
This area is now 4 blocks high, which is as high as we will go. After this level, it will be three rows of corbelling bricks. But not yet, we still need to infill the voids in the blocks with concrete. That will be a major job of concrete making and barrowing.
Paul, Tim, Jim, Paul (again) Dave, and Lyndon. Out of the picture Jim (again) and yours truly.
While they receive a morale boosting lecture from Paul ('the beatings will continue until it improves'), Jim is away fulfilling their desires for... mortar! Yes, the spot is empty, and Jim is beavering away at the mixer, some distance away. With three teams, the demand for mortar is high and relentless.
Tim has just laid the 5 blocks in the foreground, which you can identify from the wet mortar in the joints.
At lunchtime, the rumour about bacon baps (or should that be cobs?) turned out to be true! Paul cooked us all a bacon bap each, with ketchup, and second helpings for those that wanted them. Stevie Wonder also dropped in, and his dog Gypsy was allowed a half a bap. It's a pity dogs never seem to savour their food, it goes straight in and then it's gone. Oh well, we enjoyed them.
A catastrophe occurred during the bap eating, as Jim fell through his chair.
While Jim bemoaned the poor quality of the chair material, evil tongues wagged about the weight of its occupant.
A backup supply of fresh chairs was brought in later in the day, but we can't go on like this Jim, you'll have to be more careful with the facilities provided.
Having gone as far as they can around the catch pit return (blocks need cutting to an angle here now) Tim's team moved to the southern end and started a second row on the rear here. That's about as far as we got for the day.
We reckon we have enough blocks left for a further day (if three teams) and as a back up we should be able to start filling in the voids with concrete as well. New supplies will be ordered though, and if all goes well there will be no interruption to progress - we are ahead of schedule in fact, and very pleased with the way things are going.
We will continue on Mondays and Fridays, so this Friday is the next session at Hayles.
Finally, a plea for some heritage items. We need a GWR type Beware of Trains to borrow, so that we can have it copied for the halt, and indeed also for the future barrow crossing at Broadway. Who can help with lending us one? It should look like this one:
There are many similar notices about, but we would like to cast from a GWR type. Notice the corners, and the fact that the sign is more oblong than square, with a smaller word 'OF' in the centre.
And can anyone lend us one of these? Again, we would like to cast two further examples from an original.
This would be for Broadway.
Any offers of help would be much appreciated at breva2011(at)hotmail.co.uk
See you on Friday!