Today the labourer arrived late again, family eh! No matter, at least it gave me time to think about the work ahead. It seems to have rained heavily last night which at first I didn’t think would be a problem. Wrong! It made the soil very tough to dig. Every attempt to scrape, what was easy last night, made the digger groan and struggle. In the end I resorted to scraping thin layers. Luckily, the soil drained very quickly and it got easier and easier throughout the day.
My brother Jason turned up around mid-day and lent a hand. Glad he did too as that extra pair of hands, and eyes, really does help. He quickly cleared the concrete slabs and other bits of rubble that were in the way of the digger as well. He then had a go at digging and realised that it’s not as easy as it looks!
Dad was supposed to leave at 3 pm, but I think he was a little excited about the impending success. I also think he was hoping to be around for the marking out of the foundations. We continued scrapping the site until all was level by eye. We then set to with the laser level again and marked out areas of the soil that seemed a little high here and there, ready for scraping tomorrow. 6pm and we had lost all our usable light (and energy) so Dad left and Jason stayed for a Chinese.