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Field 1 Finished ! — 12 Comments

  1. Have slowly through the years come to better appreciate civil engineers– hot and thankless work to plot, then scope out the varied grades involved in a road of any kind. And engineering combined with implementation, double everything. Looks like a nicely compacted and smoothed surface, good for wheelbarrows, walkers, bicycles, and even opinionated geese. Congratulations on another project checked off the list!

    • J > Thank you! It could have been better executed, but in these islands have limited options… And I have to hold myself back : it’s only an agricultural track – don’t over-engineer it!! And don’t expect too much from small island contractors with high fixed costs, limited access to machinery, and not experienced in the technology ,let alone the science

  2. The geese seem to approve of the improvements! It all looks brilliant and presumably will make life easier now everything is finished?

    • J > Already vastly easier. No more struggling up and down the field with heavy loads eithr on my shoulder or in a wheelbarrow. It was the unevenness and tussocks as much as the steep slope itself.

  3. I don’t know, really, what I’m looking at but it all looks marvelous–so Scotland! What’s going on the concrete slab?

    • J > That’s civil engineering for you! we wrestle with and command the forces nature for the benefit of all mankind – and then bury the fruits of our labours under the earth. The only openly apparent manifestations of this work of unsung heroism is a new gate, a stretch of rough track – leading to a hole in the ground with concrete slab without apparent purpose, and a patchwork of disturbed ground. And the question on everyone’s lips : Is that it? But perhaps better that than to move on to the construction of a building on the slab : No matter the archictural merit (or lack of it) of the building – the architect always steals the limelight, and the works of civil engineering (that may well have cost more than the building) are quite forgotten, though if commented on favourably at all, are attributed to the architect. Grrr! I almost feel that we should never build anything on that slab, as a point of principle! However, our plans are – or at least were, when we started this project – to construct a shed (albeit an interesting, attractive shed) for over-wintering livestock, and specifically sheep. Even as we were still in-filling the ground on which the slab is laid, it was apparent that the combination of privacy, commanding views and closeness to the water justified building something of far greater value. (We can accommodate the sheep in another building, which is likely to become redundant in the next couple of years.) There’s talk now of building a slipway, and making the building two-storey (it would still be largely hidden from view) with living accommodation above, and the undercroft for … Well, we’d call it The Boat House.

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