What a weekend we've had.
The driveway was filled with big trucks offloading huge drainage rings for most of Saturday morning. It was a slow job unloading them as due to the huge weight they had to stabilise the trucks very carefully on our slope before being able to use the crane to lift them into place on the edge of the grass.
You can see the scale of the concrete rings better in this picture with Lovely Hubby in the background working on the next set of polytunnel raised beds.
In the next couple of weeks these will no longer be seen, so it's important to have this photographic evidence of them, as they will be sunk into the ground where the truck is parked in the picture above. There they will form part of our new soakaway. We have to have these, and the pipework that will be connected to them as we are excavating part of the hillside for our open fronted garages, workshop and water harvesting tank. The soakaway will be there to prevent any water from draining down onto the road and causing potential problems.
Meanwhile inside the house on Saturday was a flurry of tidying and cleaning and on Sunday filling the worktops with food and drink for our annual neighbourhood get-together, this year it was at our house as we wanted to combine it with a bit of a late housewarming party, so that all the neighbours could see just what we had been up to here, and of course so they could admire Steve and his building teams handiwork in putting the new roof on our conservatory.
With twelve guests and us it made for a happy, chatty affair with entertainment provided by three of our guests with their instruments and singing. We were treated to a lovely musical interlude in the newly re-roofed conservatory .... which incidentally has brilliant acoustics.
The picture above is actually what was left over after the guests had departed, what with my usual over catering and all the lovely food and drink that was brought by the guests we had lots to feast on. There were still a lots of left overs in the fridge after Lovely Hubby took a selection of salads, cheeses and cake back with him to his digs, so the dogs had a very luxurious tea last night of chicken drumsticks and then they breakfasted this morning on bits of the leftover ham sandwiches with their usual dry dog food, even Ginger the cat was in on the action with a saucer of salmon for his breakfast.
As for the scones, well I think with a mug or two of coffee I should be able to tackle these little beauties that came with their own jar of Firs Cottage homemade jam .... thanks Mary.