To begin with, tea.
Here is Paul, with two cups ready to go, and rather taken aback by Lucky the labrador, brought to us today by Mrs. Lucky. What are you snuffling in there, Lucky?
Gerroutovit, you scoundrel!
He didn't even notice the freshly caught mouse in the trap, just after the sugar rush, he is. He got a doughnut for his trouble too. Some of us are softies, and he knows it.
Dave P trundled in first thing with another pallet of blues. That must be about the last one for us now, as the corbelling is really doing well now.
We hoped to have Stevie doing some landscaping today, but other things intervened. Maybe lucky next time then, it'll get done sooner or later.
Last week the slings approach was gaining ground, but a last minute outsider in the form of Neal won the day, with a set of brackets that fitted nicely under the front and rear edges.
Here is the first slab being lifted.
Dave lifted it carefully on to the prepared bed of mortar.
The placing has to be very gentle, as you don't want to disturb the bed and end up with a crooked slab.
There she goes, handled by Paul with the trowel and under the supervision of Jim on the left.
This is how they did it, with the brackets designed by Neal and assembled in the loco dept. at Toddington. A nice bit of inter-departmental cooperation.
Once the slab is down, there are two worries:
Is it level, and is it in the right place?
With the blue gauge you can make sure that it is the correct distance from the running rail.
'No, not there, there'
To be honest, fine weather or no, this is where we have to sit, as there is nowhere else, unless we all squeeze into the dark and dingey container. It has to rain really hard for us to do that.
Today's menu said 'soup'. Or, if in France, Consomme. But we're in England here, so it's soup and a roll. Very heartwarming it was too, just the ticket.
Dave D gives instruction on where to throw the water. Go on, don't be shy.
We're now going to take a bit of a Christmas break until Januay the 9th. It's not a holiday, it's all those 'looking after the grandchildren ' duties. Look at it another way, we're building up those Brownie points, so that we can come back wih a vengance in the new year.
See you then, and have a lovely Christmas, and a happy new year 2017!
All from the heritage team at Hayles Abbey halt.