After our well earned rest and break for Easter, big sis and brother-in-law arrived, which was well timed (in one sense) as we had to dig a channel in our recently compacted hardcore for our soon-to-be replaced mains water pipe. While my brother-in-law busied himself with this, M dug a trench across the existing lane for the new pipe to enter the house and I made the requisite number of phone calls to ensure the water board turned up before our builder did.
Day One of concreting and our builder arrived with his trainees who quickly took over the mixing. M resorted to power tools to turn boulders into large stones which we positioned on the hardcore to form our first course of the wall. Together, we then laid and cut reinforcing mesh ready for our builder to lay the concrete.
Day Two and the removal of some old loose concrete revealed a broken sewage pipe and another thing to fix. Day Three saw the cement mixer almost grind to a halt but fortunately it limped on to the end.
There’s now a period of drying, and unfortunately, whilst the trainees were invaluable in the concreting, they would only be spectators in the building of the wall. Therefore, not only do we have another break, but the next phase may be done in shifts. In the meantime, we are doing all we can to stop our neighbours driving tractors and ape on newly laid concrete. Pity we can’t do the same for Tracy, our very curious cat:
According to our builder, this is the stamp of approval from ‘the boss!’