Water Mill Blog - 8th January 2008
The Christmas and New Year break is over and the team gathered at the
mill this morning refreshed from their break. Well some of them, anyway.
weather defied the forecasters for much of the day and stayed dry-ish
and mild. Not that it bothered most of the team who stayed under cover.
John took advantage though, and managed to make good progress on the
retaining wall towards the farmyard. Another day like today should see
stayed inside the mill, replacing the bearing hanger and bearing for
the PTO shaft and bevel gear.
We need this in
place so that we can check where the bearing at the other end of that
section of shaft needs to go.
The hanger has slotted
holes so that the gear can be disengaged from the pit gear when the PTO
is not required, although it is not a quick change process.
did some more landscape tidying, getting the site ready to plant some
hedging. We have a supply of laurel bushes ready to plant but we
haven't put them in yet.
and Kim started working on the hayloft floor at the paddock end of the
loft. This part of the floor was occupied by the chaff cutter and there
are some odd arrangements of joists to allow for openings in the floor.
some time in the past a very neat circular hole had been made and then
boarded over. Another rectangular hole gave access to a chute for the
Some of the joists needed repair but we have
preserved all the oddities for future generations to puzzle over.
last member of today's team, Richard, made three hatches to complete
the floor repair in the first part of the hay-loft. These hatches were
probably above a manger or a hay-rack in the stable below and would
have saved a lot of work carrying feed or bedding.
mid afternoon the forecast rain had finally arrived, putting and end to
outdoor work. The indoor workers had all got to stages that needed more
material so we had a quick tidy up and headed for our homes.
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