Jonathan: Over the past couple of days, off an on, I’ve been packing up the Astra for a spell working away from home, across the water. But no, not in England or even in mainland, but in the Isle of Harris. On Monday construction work starts on the first of the ‘architect-designed’ houses for which I’m client’s project manager. This is at Borghasdal (Borrisdale), a few miles east of Leverburgh. I say Monday, but that’ll just be me setting out the first phase of the works, ready for the first machinery to arrive on Tuesday – a back-hoe excavator for stripping off the soils (of which not much) and exposing rock (of which more than enough!). The back of the car is full of surveying and setting-out equipment, from electronic total stations to wooden pegs, from measuring tapes to hammer and nails. Last to go in, tomorrow some time, will be my stuff for staying overnight – I’ve got use of the clients’ leased house in Scalpay. Starting a new build on site – especially a completely green-field site with absolutely nothing on it, not even fencing! – is always a bit daunting, but staying away from home in an unfamiliar environment adds another layer of tension. But from past experience, as work on the ground makes progress, the nervousness will diminish and the inconveniences just become part of the job itself.