Reinforcements arrive

Gareth and his decorating equipment
Gareth and his decorating equipment

My great friend from University days arrived this week to lend a hand. Gareth a retired teacher is a dab hand at decorating and offered to come and help out with the massive task of painting all the fresh plaster. So long as I paid for hisĀ beer!

Testing the new drain connection
Testing the new drain connection

I also roped him into other tasks. Here he is helping me test the new drain connection to the septic tank before it is covered over.

This week also saw the arrival of Jim Baxter and his digger on site. He had a couple of important tasks to complete.

Jim clearing up the site
Jim clearing up the site

On site there was a large amount of builder’s debris (half bricks and broken tiles) as well as a large quantity of waste timber and pallets. All of this made it very difficult and unsafe to walk around the house. I had the wood taken away by “Oxford wood recycling”, a social enterprise which aims to recycle wood which is surplus to requirements. It is cheaper and easier (they collect it up for you) than getting a skip to take the wood away.

Once the wood had gone, Jim set about clearing the rest of the debris to leave a nice flat oversite around the house. He then collected some of the chalk from the garden in order to back fill around the house to enable the laying of the drains for foul to the septic tank and rainwater to the harvesting unit.

Moving a mature laurel bush
Moving a mature laurel bush

Finally he moved a mature laurel bush I had in the garden to repair the space in my neighbours hedge caused by the groundworks nearly 10 months ago. Hopefully with some care it will take root and complete the hedge.

He will be back in June to start the landscaping and remove the garage for the new bat roost.

 

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