What an ending to a tumultuous and nerve wracking week. Firstly, bumbling Boris is bounced into calling a 2nd lockdown with the use of dodgy data. Whitty/Valance forced to apologise for saying up to 4000 covid-19 deaths a day will occur, then one modelling team admitting they found an error which meant they were overstating, by 50%, the number of projected covid-19 deaths.
Secondly we have the bizarre spectacle of the US presidential elections, culminating with Biden being called as the next president. The relief worldwide is palpable.
Thirdly, Inert continue restoration of Manor farm. Yeah! I popped down on Thursday morning, and could just make out a digger, in the fog, working on the land mass. No idea what it was doing, as it had stopped when I wandered around at 9:30am, but I couldn't see much due to said fog.
I returned at 7:00am on Saturday, and heard ominous sounds of clanking emanating from Chandlers farm. Inert working on Saturday again. I took a chance and legged it onto the site, hoping that either Inert were confining their activities to Chandler's farm or that they would do what they normally do and not arrive on Manor farm until 7:40am.
As I trekked along the south vehicle track, first sighting worthy of mention is that water levels have dropped considerably with Finch pond now looking very dry. Making my way to just east of the copse, I noted that Inert have been working along this area again, this time pushing spoil further onto the land mass. Other than a flattened and levelled piece of land, it is rather difficult to fathom what has been done or why.
By now it was 7:10am. My hopes of getting onto the land mass to the east of my mighty mound we dashed as I spotted our bulldozer clanking out of the mist along the south vehicle track. Time to beat a hasty retreat.
I walked eastward, along the south footpath, to see if I could see anything. Not much really. Our bulldozer driver was working in an east/west direction, shovelling stuff from the middle of the land mass into the west shore of Cormorant lake (south). There seemed to be more piles of stuff, arranged in long lines, where he was working, but it was hard to tell if it was a significant amount or if a long shallow wide trench was being dug - I've seen this before.
Well there you have it. A very short visit, with very little to see or report on. Progress seems back to glacial pace, but at least it is on going.
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