Well, with the exception of one, who was painting some new doors made up. One, it is thought, is for Winchcombe signal box.
Someone has to keep the home fires burning, but the rest of the gang climbed into the truck and headed north.
The contractors putting in the new road were in early and were removing the straw put on the most recent pour, to protect it from frost.
This picture was taken from the gate, so you can see that the length left to do is getting much smaller now.
Before they could get started they had to remove a pallet full of new slabs. These had been off loaded right on top of the area they were about to work in.
It was a good warming up excercise. The new slab lifter could also be tried out. It has a little vacuum pump in it, and works a treat. Very clever, those Germans.
No further granite kerbs could be laid as both mini digger and operator were employed digging a new trench down the approach road for a water supply pipe.
Instead it was decided to start laying slabs behind the stretch of kerbs laid previously.
Here the first one goes down, next to the pile of new slabs just moved.
The second row was then prepared, with a nice layer of mix spread out by John.
The slabs were laid in the same way as in an old picture that we have, at right angles to the building.
Once you have laid the first few and have somewhere to build from, the rest gets much easier.
The vacuum slab lifter is very busy now.
After lunch slab laying resumed, now in the shadow.
Here the team is already on row four.
At the end of the day the team had laid down 5 rows.
You can now see what it's all going to look like.
Here two corner cut pans and cisterns have been fitted. The third, planned to sit on the right, was sacrificed for a cleaner's sink instead.
Cubicle dividers will be fitted in due course, following a question from a visitor. The first answer provided shocked him a little; 'our toilets will be open plan !'
Note also the copper piping.
On the left in the Gents as you go in is a line of heritage Edwardian basins with authentic taps.
We learned that the legs were more expensive than the basins, but don't they just look the part ! They also provide useful support at the front.
A modern hand drier is on the wall.