10th - 11th April
Eisey Lock - Thames &
(Pictures by Richard
Back to Wiltshire for another
weekend at our favourite site on
the Cotswold Canals, location for our
Summer Camp in 2009,
and again in 2010. This picture shows last year's brickwork on
the left, and this year's blank canvas on the right.
Lashings of rain before this
weekend meant the first job was
to set up the pumps to drain the lock below the level of the
scaffolding. The scaffolding is then inspected to ensure it is
safe before any work commences.
The main task of the weekend
was to remove any broken or unstable
bricks from the wall, and to clean out joints and gaps to prepare
for the wall to be rebuilt this summer. Most of the duff bricks
be removed with hand tools, as demonstrated here by Myrl.
However, some needed a little
more robust encouragement!
All the bricks and mortar
taken out of the wall then had to be shipped
off the scaffolding via a wheelbarrow shuttle. Any bricks still in
condition will be cleaned up and reused on the lock, but everything
is crushed and used to surface tracks used by plant and machinery
around the site.
Another, more gentle task was
to give a new section of scaffolding
a lick of paint before it is put to good use. This is to protect it
from rust, and to identify its ownership.
The lock wall after our weekend's efforts, ready
and waiting for
a keen army of volunteers to rebuild it in July. If you are
in coming on the Summer Camp to help restore this historic canal,
and to meet new people and learn new skills, please
contact us to
find out more.
One of the best reasons for
coming on KESCRG digs is the fabulous
grub, this time created by Rowena. Special diets are always catered
for, and portions are never small so nobody ever goes hungry!