This one nearly stumped us all!

Before I relate our recent building adventures, I share with you a picture of Eurovision night in Plas this year.

Once we had recovered from the singing, we returned to the building work using an engineer’s tap to put the last of the large steels into place…

…before changing the forks for the basket so that we could clean out one of the gutters which had become blocked over the winter.

The other things that suffered over the winter were several plants in our garden. We had a really cold week, and we can now see that some plants have died in our, and in neighbouring gardens. I’m not really too bothered about having lost several conifers (which can be seen in various shades of brown below), except they will need to be dug out. I am much sadder to have lost our many pots of agapanthus which we brought with us from Norfolk, having grown them from seed.

Over the last ten days, we have happily been busy hosts, but today we returned to the building work with a vengeance. We marked out the trenches to be dug for the foundations for our storage barn…

…and, in case you are struggling to work out where this will be, it will be roughly where the bonfire food sits below.

Alistair did his usual great work with his digger, which is considerably bigger than ours…

…but then we encountered the stump. Locals tell us that several years before we arrived, a line of mature beech trees were felled, and we assume this must be one of the stumps. Sadly, it was right in the way!

Alistair dug all around it, but to no avail, so Mike got out an axe and severed lots of roots…

…and then Alistair fitted his very narrow bucket and kept clearing around the stump until his sheer cussedness…

…moved the mountain. When the stump finally began to move, it turned out to be really difficult to get any purchase…

…so had had to be sort-of rolled out of the hole…

…then lifted, and finally moved away.

Here you can see that we have dug about half of the trenches needed…

…and have a bit of a problem trying to work out what to do with this beast!!

Give us some time to sleep on it, and hopefully we will have a plan…

2 thoughts on “This one nearly stumped us all!

  1. I’ve dug out lleylandii stumps when in the way, painful long experience, but needs must and you succeeded, maybe roll it each year at your own festival…. like rolling the stone at Gt Hockam horn fair, that stump is a whopper…well done everyone

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