Best foot forward….

When I returned from my travels on Thursday, I wanted to do something that would make a difference, so Mike helped me with digging up a few more rhodo roots.
You can see here the scale of the problem with one root that we have managed to get balanced vaguely into the wheelbarrow, even though most of it is above not in it:

Mike in characteristic working stance
Mike in characteristic working stance

and here, where we have stored approx one quarter of the stumps we have lifted to date on this bonfire site. Unfortunately, I am not convinced that this photo captures the size of the problem as well as I would have hoped.
Carrie in casual pose over the current bonfire heap of rhodo stumps
Carrie in casual pose over the current bonfire heap of rhodo stumps

Mike is a happy bunny these days, as we have now received both the detailed architect plans, and the engineers drawings for the new staircase. We have calculated what supplies we need to buy and also where to store them, so that we can approach the building in a logical sequence (or shall we just continue to do it in the order Mike fancies?)

Mike has begun to construct the stud wall which will be the back of the new staircase
Mike has begun to construct the stud wall which will form the back of the new staircase

This wall needs to continue up through the building, so we have started knocking down existing walls which are in the way.

Wall which separated rooms 17 and 18 on floor 2
Wall which separated rooms 17 and 18 on floor 2
Wall in room 17, recorded for posterity
Wall in room 17, recorded for posterity
Wall, what wall?
Wall… what wall?

Oh, that old thing - Mike has removed it
Oh, that old thing – we have removed it

We have also continued to work on the landscaping, mostly because we are both keen to remove the railings which are such an eyesore. To remind you:
View from cafe of the fire exit slope
View from cafe of the fire exit slope

...now in a bit more detail...
…now in a bit more detail…
Slope and rock face, now mostly cleared of rhodo
Slope and rock face, now mostly cleared of rhodo

We started to remove the railings as it made it easier for us to move the large rhodo roots

Beginning to dismantle the railings
Beginning to dismantle the railings

but we took this to new limits last Friday, as shown below:

More details of the view
View from the cafe now the railings have gone
Slope, now that railings are removed
Slope, now that railings are removed

The only other important project news is that Carrie sustained an owie this week. In a momentary lapse of concentration, she overbalanced whilst swinging the lump hammer at a particularly recalcitrant bit of wall and put out a foot to stabilise – but unfortunately, trod on a newly exposed nail on the footplate of the stud wall. Nothing that a bit of sticking plaster won’t cure, but Mike’s first aid training and bedside manner were much appreciated!
Next week is due to be dryer, so I suspect I might have to return to painting duties….

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