Lucky visits us every morning, accompanied by his master from Didbrook, and times it beautifully (wisely?) with the issue of tea and doughnuts.
First he checks the tea....
Then he checks for doughnuts...
Bingo! Paul has one.
But Paul is hard hearted, and Lucky is left empty handed (or should we say 'empty pawed').
Finally Dave cracks and tosses him half a doughnut, then the other half. They are gone in an eyeblink.
Tim and Lyndon continued with the third layer of corbelling. They finished off two more bays today.
We profited from the mild weather with a decision to close the gap in the wall on to the platform. Who knows if it will start to freeze next week?
Paul T and Paul M laid the blocks in rapid fashion, and after a decent interval yours truly and Dave filled the holes with concrete from above. That now completes the block wall. Access to the platform is now vial a small ladder, the path to the southern end being blocked by the creosoting line for the planks.
While the teams are brick and block laying, Neal and Dave spent the day on planks, which you can here see being drilled through, so that the holes are all in the same place.
Dave being left handed, Neal brought in a little wrinkle for him to use when drilling, a drill bit with a left handed cutting thread. Works a treat!
Minnie the mixer behaved badly today, threw a wobble, and a wheel fell off! I ask you, such behaviour. We shall have to tempt her into submission with an extra helping of cement dust, which she likes to use to blow smoke rings at us.
No trains again today, things are very quiet and the tracks acquired a thin layer of rust during the day, the result of the lunchtime drizzle no doubt.
At the end of the day, the platform looked like this. The blockwork is finished and the gap closed. Corbelling is making steady progress, and a third pallet of blues was delivered, and opened. John is painting the planks, while Neal and Dave spent the day cutting and measuring, so that on the woodwork all the planks have now been cut to size, and all the uprights bar one fixed into place. Next week all that remains here is to screw them into place.
A tempting meal of peanut butter was left on a little wooden platform for Mickey the mouse... there was no sign of him this week (last week we plugged the obvious holes in the container floor) - but next week we will know if he came in for his final meal or not.