This week sees dramatic changes to the inside of the barn.....vehicles inside to do the work
All the loose rubble, rocks and debris is removed and the ground levelled
...so the rubble and soil heaps are rising.....
and outside, Brian sorts out the stonework infill above the new gritstone head
The cobbles in the doorway were cleared and photographs taken before they were removed
the base stones for the cart doors come out and are stored for re-installation later
All the cobbles are stored in a crate and moved out of the way; they will need cleaning and sorting ....
Meanwhile, Toddy works on the wash-room aiming to get the roof on this week....
inside floor almost all levelled out by Tuesday - just the entrance way left ....
Wednesday morning was a busy site preparing for concrete pour on Thursday
but work also continued on the wash room
membrane in place
All calm at 7.00am on Thursday before anyone arrives.....
Concrete pumping wagon on site first.....
concrete arrives - tight on cattle grids and steep hill with all the weight....
concrete pumped in
all hands on deck to level it out
first load emptied, and wagon leaves for 2nd load - 3hr round trip....
half way there - like a mirror
2 1/2 hours later....2nd load arrives
and just half an hour later, the barn is all filled
Meanwhile, the wash room is rendered up, and lead flashing is in place
back wall rendered up
and the front corner too...the ground alongside the building is levelled and rocks cleared
lead flashing now in place
the metal roof colour (Merlin Grey) looks good with the roof and stonework
Friday this week was eclipse day & with proper glasses, we did manage to see the eclipse a couple of times through the gaps in the clouds - hand held so apologies for the camera shake
Concrete all drying out; no one allowed in until Sunday
Tidy up for the end of the week in readiness for blacksmithing course on Sunday - needing to clear spaces for parking and forges and anvils in the big barn
dumper truck, tracked wheel barrow and digger all tucked alongside wash room
so, all in all, an action packed week building wise.
We did also take delivery on Thursday between concrete loads of a pond liner which is part of a local Wildlife Project to help increase biodiversity here
.....by Friday the news on the wildlife grapevine must have been out .....
because Jeremy? Fisher appeared on site!