When looking back over blogs, what tends to be forgotten so easily in the mists of time are the surrounding events that provides more of a context to proceedings. Thus, this year's restoration of Manor farm, Fleet Hill farm and Chandlers farm has rumbled on against a background of
- Covid-19 pandemic, with the government's total mishandling
- A US election, seeing an sociopathic, tantrum, child not getting re-elected, then throwing a hissy fit by embarking on a coup attempt worthy of the very worst of dictators.
- Brexit negotiations finalised at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the twelfth month, when bumbling Boris blinked and caved in.
- We were to witness some of the very best of the British spirit in coping with the pandemic, along with, it has to be said, some of the worst.
Through it all, when they could, the unsung work force of Inert, Cemex and haulage firms kept up their restoration of Manor farm.
Which brings us to this, last entry, of 2020. Well, nothing has happened. I held off a weekend report as last week's site visit (Wednesday, 23rd December) revealed a silent Manor farm, with gates across the bailey bridge firmly locked. The latter being a bit of a laugh, as there is a large section fencing, near the sewage works, that has fallen over.
There was the possibility that some work was happening on Chandlers farm, as I heard machinery noise coming from the direction of the old works building.
My site visit yesterday (Wednesday 30th December) proved another silent one, both on Manor farm and Chandlers farm. Water levels were high, the south footpath particularly saturated, but funnily enough the south vehicle track looked rather dry. Perhaps Cemex/Inert decided it best to shut down for two weeks. It should be interesting to see which Tier the various areas are going to be in next week, and whether plant operators are permitted back to work. We shall see.
I have a feeling that the yellow road bridge has disappeared. It might be my imagination, but I am sure I missed it as I headed east, but then forgot to check on my way back west as I headed for my car.
Well, that's me signing off for the year. I will only starting posting when Inert et al return to Manor farm.
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