Our activities on site were intermingled with those of the PWay dept, who were reinstalling the level crossing. With all the rain and to-ings and fro-ings of the JCB, the area outside the container was one huge glutinous mess. Not to mention the challenge of a JCB parked outside the container, with a flat battery.
|Mud, we don't care, we 'plough' on.|
In charge of the barrows were Tony and Brian, while John S was on hand with the trowel and the level to smoooooth things out. The front of the pour was secured by a line of blues laid by Bob last time, while the rear is a temporary row of blocks.
Next week then the block laying starts again. We are hoping for Peter Q to come down and help. Are you reading this, Peter? We need you ! You do it so well....
We got through a vast quantity of paper bags from the cement, which your scribe was eventually requested to incinerate. By inserting a couple of broken bits of pallet into the fire and it being a very damp day, a considerable cloud of white smoke ensued, which enveloped the brave 3 building the level crossing. Bad idea! A bucket of water, well aimed, cured that problem, and happiness soon returned.
One final look at the end of the work site, with John S filling in with reds, and Brian in charge of a barrow of mortar. We sure got through a load of that today!
And then here is the promised gadget for our readers who want to follow our progress. Bob very kindly made up this chart, which shows all the different sections involved in 220m of new platform wall, and the dates that we have completed each one so far. Now you too, dear reader, can follow us, and fill in each section. With only one more row of corbelling to go on the next, 130m section, you may be able to fill the next line in by this time next week, if the weather plays ball. Enjoy!