Beaven's team were continuing their work on the workshop and it is looking great! They only really need to now put the door on and waterproof the roof, then it is down to us to paint it and start putting everything back inside. It really is looking fabulous and much safer than the old workshop!
Also this week we had to fell a number of trees that were extremely close to the site of the old workshop and were leaning towards the area where Sunset Cottage is going to be.
It would have been dangerous to leave these trees so close to where the new cottage is going to be located, so we had to have them cut down. It is heart-breaking having to fell trees, but we will plant some indigenous trees further from the cottage in the Spring.
Some of the trees we had to have felled were huge and there was no way we could cut them ourselves, so we hired Derick from Trickytrees.
If anyone needs some tree felling work done, I would highly recommend Derick and Trickytrees. They were fantastic! Very safety conscious and accurate in getting the trees to fall where they wanted them to fall!
Everything went according to plan, with the only problem being that once all the trees that needed to be felled had been done, with the branches cut off the trunks and the trunks chopped down to a manageable size, we had to clear the area!
It took 3-days to move everything and now we have aching bodies, cuts and bruises and two huge piles of brush to burn after the winter dry season! The area does look great though and work can soon start on the new cottage! Hard work, physical work, but very exciting to see the progress. We even have some great plans for the tree trunks!!
The other large project that we started on this week (well Bryan and Henry started on it) was laying the pipe for the overflow from the small pond.
In the summer, when we have large storms with plentiful rain, our trout dam becomes very discoloured as the rain water rushing into Spurwing Dam carrying lots of sediment with it. This is less than ideal for any guests wishing to try their luck at fly-fishing!
Bryan has planned a system where we can hopefully, re-direct the majority of this dirty water through an overflow pipe and along the open trench to the waterfall behind the trout dam!
This week Bryan and Henry started to lay the pipe. 36 metres of it! it is still a work in progress, but it is looking good!
So, I think that is all the updates for this week. As I said a very busy week, but a significant one that was very productive.
Before I sign off though, I have one last photo I wish to share. Whilst I was busy gardening and weeding on Monday, I came across this colourful chap! I took a quick snap as I thought his markings were stunning! What do you think?!