Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Little Pig, Little pig, let me come in............

I can now confirm that just as the nursery rhyme would suggest, structures built from stone are indeed harder to blow/knock down than those built of wood. Maybe it was because it didn't contain any tasty swine but it took a whole afternoon of huffin' and puffin' to bring down less than half the old coal store and the entire next day to clear away all the remains and dig up the foundation stones.

This was the first bit of proper work we have done so far, once again my bro and Naomi showed up to give me a hand knocking it down on Saturday but I was on my own on Sunday, and I can tell you it was tough digging up those rocks on my own, never mind moving all the mortar to the other end of the garden, I went into work on Monday with some achy hamstrings and shoulders but it felt good.

We're starting to see some real progress now, here's a time line of shots from the back corner of the plot. Click to enlarge.

Apart from the obvious pile of rocks in the foreground you can see the ever-growing pile against the fence in the background, that's this weekends mission, to get all the concrete blocks, slabs, mortar, earth, and ash off to the skip. My bro is back down to help out once again as I don't think I'll manage  it by myself, there must be at least a ton or two by now. I have decided to keep all the rocks and use them to put an outer wall around the breeze blocks of the garage to give it a nice stone-built look and help it blend in with the other houses and gardens in the area, the mortar binding them together basically turned to dust as we were knocking them loose so they are perfectly clean and ready to go again. If I had had to spend days and weeks chipping off old cement it wouldn't have been an option  but they are way to good to throw away as they are.
The greenhouse is on ebay so that should be gone by next weekend, we even put the bush on ebay so that should be gone soon too. Once they're out of the picture it's just the remains of the coal store to get down and we can start some proper building work.
Here's a another time line from the bedroom window: