FIlling in the gaps…

…has become a priority for us. We have been building foundation walls for weeks now, which requires us to walk around the bottom of narrow trenches, and we have had enough! During dry days, of which there haven’t been many, we began to finish the final course of these foundation walls.

Below you can see Mike putting the last block into the last of these courses. The gap you can still see in the wall is not a mistake, it is where a foul drainpipe will exit in due course. Now that all the foundations courses are complete…

…and all the ties are in place…

…you can see we are ready to put the earth back around the walls, once the mortar in the walls has had time to set hard.

Because we still have deep trenches on site, we have had to leave signage near the road…

…and we still have large piles of soil and rubble in the car park, which is not the most attractive of views.

The weather being unfavourable meant Mike and I moved from working on the foundations for the store onto working on the foundations for the accessible suite (because we know how to party)…

…where we have to create the wall onto which a lintel will sit across the internal door into one of the accessible suites. As it turns out, the wall supporting the doorframe to the right of the picture below extends into where the wall on the left hand side needs to go, so we have partly dismantled the door frame which we will reinstate once we have finished building our new wall.

Today, to our delight, our friendly neighbourhood big digger driver dropped by, and began to move the piles of soil and rubble into place.

We laid the water main (carefully insulated) in the bottom of the trench and backfilled as far as we could. we have had to leave gaps in various places for foul drains. We needed to infil with rubble, after which we lay the pipe (at the correct angle) and then surround with pea shingle before finishing burying the pipes. So we need to install the pipes and then invite our colleague back to finish burying the pipes…

…which is why we still have several piles of earth and rubble in the car park still, as they will be needed next week.

On the plus side, we have unearthed some lovely large stones suitable to be the base of the dry stone wall we plan to install on the boundary one day soon.

With school holidays starting this weekend, we hope to be very busy with hospitality for a week or two, but with any luck will be finishing these foundations next time.

2 thoughts on “FIlling in the gaps…

  1. I wish you sunshine and fine days, enjoy the hoildays and don’t forget to have a few days of your own, it’s all coming along

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