That's what we received today! But first things first, Tea and a doughnut on the terrace.
Lucky the Dalmatian came by on his morning round. He soon worked out who was eating doughnuts.
He subjected Jim to an intense stare.
Jim can't believe the cheek of this young hound, can you believe it?
You're not having any, this doughnut is private! Rick in the background is enjoying the dialogue, and has his own mug of tea and doughnut, which seem to be quite safe from canine interest. For some reason Lucky always homes in on the same person...
Here we see Steve extending his embankment smoothings northwards, taking off the stubble and weeds, and giving the slope a more gradual surface, which goes all the way down to the edging. Meanwhile Rick, John and Paul rake out the stones to make the new surface ready for grass seeding.
A shower of rain put paid to any idea of painting the corrugated iron shelter, but we did make an attempt at straightening some of the bent edges (with mixed success, have you tried straightening bent corrugated iron?).
Here in the picture we are barrowing out the last of the previous chippings pile. On the right is the slope before Steve got to work on it today.
Here Steve has nearely finished grading the slope. He makes such a lovely smooth job of it, finished off by John M and Rick, with Julian here spreading out the grass seed. We used so much of it that John had to go back cap in hand and ask our neighbours for some more. Mind you, it's not just our sowing, we've had a bad attack of mice in the container, and they chew straight through the polypropolene bags. The seed comes pouring out when you lift the bags up, the cheeky things.
Tim did some further work on the foundations of the shelter, and then moved on to the two rails for the trespass notices. Some further holes needed drilling, as it turned out that we could not use the holes in the 4 corners of one of them, as that corner, with its hole, was the subject of the repair and was no longer capable of load bearing.
Steve lifted both rails to their approximate positions. Now all we need to do is dig the holes for the posts, 75cm deep.
With Stevie still about, we had the idea of using his wide bucket to fill two wheelbarrows at once.
During this short time, the two wheelbarrow operators can sit back and relax (for about 15 seconds, but hey). Then it's get up and heave them down the slope for tipping. This morning they also had to load them up with shovels!
We're back next Tuesday, Monday being a bank holiday.
The B&W impressed with its attention to period detail. They have selected a theme (1950s) at Bodmin General, then stuck with it, with charming attention to detail. This train, with its BR black engine and carmine and cream coaches, fitted in with that theme perfectly. Great stuff.