There was bright sunshine, but a bitterly cold wind, and on arrival we found all the volunteers crammed into the container, to gain a few extra degrees of warmth, and a cup of tea.
Paul was 'mother' and poured out a length of mugs of the brew.
Doughnuts were available too, but due to an error in the supply chain, these were the cheaper sort, with a great big hole in the middle, where the jam ought to be.
Hey, these aren't doughnuts!
After a while of huddling, there was no option but to get Minnie out and start her up. She started second pull again, we are now wise to her ways. A brimming barrow soon headed north, bumpety-bump over the rough infill, with John struggling only slightly to get it all the way there intact.
Life's a bitch, but when he got there, he was told the barrow was actually needed at the other extremity of the platform.
Bumpety-bump all the way back again, and a bit further.
We completed laying the last 3 on the northern end, and the picture shows Julian filling in the cracks.
This is the last slab being laid on the northern end, a small milestone for us.
Paul and Jim stood back, and had to admire their handiwork. The top was so level, 'you could roll a marble along it'.
They are right, it did look good.
Here is Julian having a go on the stomper.
Paul and Peter discuss where the next blow should fall.
It's quite a skilled job. Whomp one end down, and the other goes up. So chose your target area carefully.
The pace of laying was determined by the cutting to square of the old slabs, many of which had rough edges or, as this one, an entire corner missing.
Dave soldiered on bravely on this, all day long. A magnificent effort. He emerged at the end, completely covered in white dust.
This newly cut slab was then carefully placed on the northern end, the one we said should go off and we could then lay the others up against it.
Without a reference point, great care had to be taken to get this one right.
A string line was drawn, and then it was stomped down with our patented fence post stomper.
After a while, a honk and an interuption - Batsford Timber arrivd with a roll of Terram.
This was manhandled behind the fence, and in the evening, into the container, together with about a dozen lengths of galvanised pipe for the handrails. These only fit in on the diagonal, and we have to get them out again every time we open up. They're a real nuisance - can we please build the handrails along the path soon?
The strong wind today also rolled back our sponsor's sheet, which we tied back on to the pallets on top. Another job done.
Not your fault, you say? Yeah, right....
We also had a nice bonfire to burn off the broken pallets, and try to dispose of the pile of tree roots that Stevie has piled up at the top of the path.
The isolated slab at the end of the southern slope can be seen bottom left.
Two others, less generous than Julian (or less rich, they said, Julian having worked in a bank) decided to copy this, and embedded 20p, and the other, a miserly 1p coin. Bet that one survives the longest!
Rumours of a £1 coin being embedded proved groundless, there is a limit, after all.