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Work ceased for the weekend and rain stopped play yesterday, which allowed time for inspections to be undertaken by those who are responsible for project supervision:

William Reviews the Result of the Slump Test

William Reviews the Result of the Slump Test

Arthur carries out an Inspection of the Shutttering

Arthur carries out an Inspection of the Shuttering

Today Denis and Neilus have removed the shuttering and a nice clean-edged well poured concrete up-stand is visible.  Work is now continuing in order to excavate the under-floor level which will be sealed and concreted before work commences on the sides and roof of The Bothy.

Floor level excavations inside the concrete up-stands.

Floor level excavations inside the concrete up-stands.

Shirley Lazenby visited the site on Monday last and, when we had finished looking at the progress of The Bothy we walked down the garden, past what I have long suspected was not simply a heap of old hedge trimmings and branches.  It turns out I was correct as she referred to the heap as a “Biodiversity Haven” .   Ten years ago I had an active organic vegetable garden operating a few meters from this haven which I am now steadily renovating and which will be informed by some of the principles of Permaculture. Our Biodiversity Haven fits very neatly into this plan.  In fact I am seeking ways this week to link it with the under-growth in the adjacent hedge because we have noticed that frogs hibernate in the haven and appear to move and feed later in the year using this undergrowth.

A Biodiversity Haven consisting of organic material left to decay undisturbed as a home for micro-organisms and insect life which in turn supports birds and acts as a hibernation place for amphibians

A Biodiversity Haven consisting of organic material left to decay undisturbed as a home for micro-organisms and insect life which in turn supports birds and acts as a hibernation place for amphibians

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