Water Mill Blog - Christmas Break
gathered at the water mill on the 20th December 2007 for the last
working session before the Christmas break. Another frosty day meant
that we all tried to keep busy or close to a heater.
Richard arrived much earlier than usual because we were expecting
visitors from the County Council at nine o'clock. In the event we had a
single visitor from the county archaeological service who arrived right
on time and carried out a photographic survey of the mill, inside
rest of the team arrived at their more usual times. Martyn, Colin, Max
and Headley worked from both inside and outside the mill to unbolt the
last of the rotten timbers from the hurst.
We have identified
a supplier of suitable oak and we will be repairing the damage early
next year, re-using as much of the original timber as possible.
In effect we are going to repair the repair that was done at some time in the past.
arrived with more parts of the chaff cutter that he has worked on, and
also with a partly assembled work bench he had made. He spent most of
the day finishing the work bench which will be used to take the power
saws that we have, one circular saw and one band saw.
Derek trimmed the overhanging branches from one of the laurels and did some more landscape tidying.
was too cold for bricklaying so John joined Richard in the hay loft,
nailing down floorboards onto the joists replaced on Tuesday. We need
to make the three hatches that go at the side of the loft and that
section of the hay loft will be ready to use.
The temperature outside barely rose above freezing all day and the team was grateful for the heaters set up in the stable.
more mince pies had been consumed (thank you Derek) and lunches eaten
the general air of relaxation before Christmas got to all of us.
captured the mood well with this picture of nearly all of us warming
our feet around the heaters. We did go back to work eventually but the
holiday spirit won out and we just tidied up ready for the new year and
went home early.
As we were leaving we noticed the mill stream
was very low. We checked up at the pool and the Court House team have
finished the work on the pool and have started to fill it. We should be
able to run the wheel when the MAC members meet on New Year's Day.
On that note, the Shelsley Water Mill team wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.
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