There has been some good progress on the building work during the last two weeks. The old entrance porch has been removed, the floor areas dug out and the concrete floor slabs have now been poured throughout the building.
The ground levels have also been adjusted to make a reasonable gradient for the access from the gate to the garage and parking area. The tiles have been removed from the cottage roof and scaffolding is in place ready for putting up the walls and working on the roof. The external and some of the internal wall panels are on site and should be in position this week.
The additional excavations for the floor slabs have left us with an even bigger pile of soil that occupies most of the space between the house and our perimeter fence. Hopefully most of this will be re-deployed in sorting out the garden levels after the building work has been done. The digger driver seems to have had a good time sculpting the soil pile into a very smooth shape.
We were planning to camp in our tent in the garden on Saturday night after a long session of very hot and dusty gardening but we were delighted to be invited to stay with Mike and Karen at their cottage just up the road at Barlocco. After a leisurely breakfast and coffee in the morning sunshine we were back at Craig Cottage to meet Phillip and Miriam who were over from Newcastle for the day.