A special day today, the shelter was going to be lifted in. The weather was beautiful, the doughnuts plentiful, the tea hot. We sat outside on the 'terrace' and marvelled.
Our neighbours DLF Seeds were very kind and gave us two big bags of grass seeds, some of which you can see John spreading here on the slopes, which he has prepared with a rotavator.
In the foreground, some edging has also been applied to the rear of the platform surface.
It's looking very neat here. The growing grass should suppress the weeds.
Inside the corrugated iron shelter much banging and drilling could be heard.
It was Tim and Jim who were fitting the angle iron bottom frame that was missing here.
Hurry up, Tim and Jim, a big Telehandler is due shortly to lift this little beauty up in the air!
Here is the new bottom frame that was made. It was measured up here, cut and drilled at Toddy, and fitted on site. This will make the shelter stable again, it wobbled awfully when we moved it here.
Paul brought his lead shaping kit and made these little caps for the handrail posts.
It looks like they will be better than the originals!
Gingerly the big green machine lifted up the hut and crept over to the fence, from which we all had to remove our cars to a more distant location.
Down on the platform a reception committee of experts was waiting for the big event. All other work came to a halt.
As it flew over and up to the Cotswolds Edge, Steve was re-fitting the straps to the forks of the Telehandler. The machine had put the shelter down to change sides, otherwise it would go down back to front (we thought about this, you know!)
Then up it went, high over the fence....
This shot from the southern end of the platform shows the other rebuild of the end, done earlier in the day. Looks much better.
Loud bangs came out of the shelter, to persuade the new frame to sit exactly on the bricks. They were persuasive, it worked, with a thump the shelter came down the last two inches in the northern corner and now sits squarely on its new foundations.
A call for a group photograph.... OK then:
As we were tidying up for the day, there was a loud claxon call from the road bridge, and a familiar Dalmatian rolled by.
It was Lucky, accompanied by its owner in a classic car that was being taken out for a spin.
Lucky is now familiar with us (and our left over bacon rinds and bits of last week's doughnuts) so gave Jim a friendly welcome with a few gruff barks.
What is this car then? It was a Lagonda, with a curious radiator cap.
This turns out to be a thermometer, which you can read through the windscreen. What a marvellous idea.
The car was a 1980s barn find, and is completely restored. The paintwork, now over 30 years old, is thick and like new.
The engine is spotless. It has a very advanced DOHC, but alas only a single carburettor.
Lucky and the proud owner enjoy our admiration.
Lucky was very well behaved, and sat meekly in his co driver's seat, getting out only when the tiny little door was opened.
Jim, the birthday boy, is thinking to himself - I wish I could have a go in that....
In the not too distant future we are planning to have an official opening for the halt, and we are cooking up something special and very suitable. Can't say what yet, but you'll like it.