This little object, arrived at the landing stage today and was loaded onto the barge, along with a set of sluice gates, a small dumper truck, several scaffold boxes full of kit and a pump.
The reason for all this extra kit was to get the barge low enough in the water to fit under the low suspension bridge that goes to our neighbours garden. (The pump was to pump water into the barge). It didn’t work….. The thing was still 6″ too high.
Sokoban in real life.
Try again tomorrow.
Today’s work is to dig the hole for the draft tube ( big steel trumpet). Are they going to go through the earth’s crust or am I just a natural worrier?
On the home front, we’ve finally sent off our response to the EA’s 250 page statement. Glory Hallelujah bring out the booze and biscuits. We’ve also had a surprise invitation from Robin Smith-Ryland, ( who kindly let’s us use his land for barge access), to play croquet. So a great evening’s entertainment ahead. Go club later.
Shuttering removed today and a very pleasing result. The tall steel members on either side are grooves to receive the stop planks which will enable us to crawl up the draft tube for repairs if necessary, and will form the main defence against flooding of the works as soon as the outlet channels are finished off. The top of this new section of wall is slightly below the downstream water level.
Yesterday, the next 20 tonnes (or 8.5 yards for you traditionalists) of ready-mix arrived by barge and grounded about 100m above the works. Scaffolding boxes were turned into make-shift hoppers, and taken by tug to the stricken vessel. Concrete was hastily shovelled off into the boxes which were taken to land by tug. At last the barge floated again and all was well. We were not left with a barge of rock solid concrete as a memorial to our folly.
Shuttering almost ready to pour concrete walls on Monday.
(not so good this morning as pumps tripped out again overnight)
The final submission for our appeal to the Environment Agency is due in next week. They have provided about 200 pages of documents which we have to comment on. This blog is just prevarication
The pumps tripped out overnight and this morning the builders arrived to an underwater site. The shuttering is almost in place for the concrete walls to be poured next week. Meanwhile, it’s all hands to the pump to get it dry again.