Ground clearing

Physical progress at last. The canopy attached to plot 3 has been getting more and more dilapidated. The snow at Christmas really tested it's strength and it failed the test. A bit of the covering fell off and the supports really took a hammering. Subsequent high winds over the last few months have all taken their toll and then the week before last it took a further turn for the worse  in the strong wind. Emergency action required, so we arranged for Carl the builder to take a look and he agreed that it needed dealing with sooner rather than later.

 Before....

Before....

 After....

After....

 The brooding beast

The brooding beast

Demolition day arrived and unfortunately I was at work so missed all the excitement because a humungous digger thing arrived to knock it all down. That is the canopy, not the barn:)  For some inexplicable reason, I have a  deep fascination with mechanical things, especially big diggers. 'Easily entertained'  could be my motto. The big digger can only travel at 12 miles an hour so it took a while to get there, but when it did, it really made short order of removing the canopy. It just extended it's long arm with the prongs at the end and lifted up the canopy, which promptly broke in various rotten places and was laid to rest on the floor. It was then just a clear up job picking up the corrugated sheets and putting them in the skip and moving the wood to one side for burning later. And then, joy of joys, it knocked down all the conifers, roots and all,  so we won't have any laborious root digging to do. Hoorah! A big bonfire is on the horizon now, and this should be much easier to do because there is much more space to do it in.