It was a challenging day today, in more ways than one.
The tyre repair company didn't come, so our carrying capacity was nearly halved, with one dumper down.
This of course is the moment that vast amounts of ballast are delivered. Arghhhhh!
The 9T dumper performed faultlessly (after blowing a tyre with a loud bang last Wednesday) and Steve was soon seen loading it even before the first rays of the sun peeked out over Broadway hill.
There was no sign of Adam though. He then called in to say that an attempt had been made to break into the contractor's Transit he had been using, and while the theft attempt failed, the perpetrators ripped out all the wiring from under the dashboard.
We had been waiting for Adam to bring more fuel, so in his absence we eventually had to go ourselves, stopping at Toddington to collect 10 gallons. After this delayed start, ballast moving commenced, but an hour late.
The wind seemed to die down as the sun came down. It felt very cold without the sun, but at coffee time, and in sight of the sewage plant, the sky turned blue and it became quite pleasant. Not such a bad day after all.
Here is the dumper, parked up so that the Terram can be rolled out a bit more. Oops - need a new roll here. Where is it?
Returning empty to Broadway, we find that another lorry has turned up.
Annoyingly, the first lorry of the day (very early, way before your alarm clock rings) dropped his load short, leaving a large gap at the rear of the long pile, and as the last lorries came, not enough room at the front.
We persuaded this one to bypass the long pile and drop a bit more at the back.
A gull and several crows tried to bother the two Kites into leaving, but they would not be swayed and continued patrolling our embankment.
At the end of the day - the sun goes down at 15.30 already - we had just about done another roll of Terram, or 100 yards. You can see the old PWay hut as a small dot in the distance now, with Pry Lane bridge now approaching behind the camera. At this point we are level with the sewage works grounds.
We would quite like to reach Pry Lane bridge before Christmas, then do the rest to Childswickham Road bridge in the new year.
Even the ballasting team has a family !
With the sun going down, the temperature drops rapidly and it was only 4 degrees as we left for home.
The van in front of the box belongs to the S&T depatment, who were working at Broaday today.
We expect to be working on Wednesday and Thursday this week as well.