The sun was out in force today, and we were reminded of the great Adrian Cronauer, with the following conversation:
What's it like, soldier, out there in the jungle?
It's hat, damned hat !
It was certainly hot, and we had no shade until the middle of the afternoon.
At 9am, Foremarke Hall rumbled by, on its way to Winchcombe for a driver experience day.
This passing released us to get down to the track, and the first thing we did was break open one of the two pallets of 40 concrete blocks, which have now been delivered. We need supplies down there to lay.
More sand and cement have also arrived, so we are 'go'.
Meanwhile, John had brought the hedge clippers and was put to good use freeing up the area behind the blockwork, which was being invaded by the rampant greenery. We were very grateful, the brambles, nettles and thistles make a mess of your bare arms and legs here.
This was followed by a 'professional' discussion about what to do next. In the background you can see the water container slowly filling - this took over 2 hours.
Then there was a toot from the trackbed, and to our joy, Neil arrived with a truck load of 80 blocks from Winchcombe. Now that's more like it, no more barrows now.
This was also unloaded, a little more slowly this time. With the 40 brought down from topside, that makes 200 blocks moved today, and not a single one laid yet.
From the road bridge you can see where we worked today. There were 8 of us, although not all in the photograph as 2 were topside, and one stood on the bridge... getting an extension lead from the boot of the car, we should hasten to add.
The main job today was to lay the fourth row of blocks along the section we have started (which is in fact about half the total length of two coaches). This involved two teams, one at each end. Between them, they laid 62 blocks today, which we felt was good given the effort on the block delivery that came first.
In the distance you can see Paul on something else.
It was indeed damned hat. Jim G finally cracked towards the end of the day and splashed himself with water from the bucket.
Others were in sun hats, wore shorts, put on sun cream. Only in the later afternoon was there a small amount of shade next to the container, when the sun had moved round a bit.
Still do do:
- Put a fifth row of blocks on the rear
- Complete drilling through the weep holes (and knock them into the blocks, before laying next time)
- Extend the wall southwards
- Put a drain pipe in the rear
- Fill the voids with concrete.
Quiet a few bits to go then. And during August we can only work Mondays, as Friday is a running day for the next 4 weeks. We meet again this coming Monday, but not the Friday thereafter, and that for 4 weeks.