|They don't know how lucky they are, do they?|
So, builders and architects and general dogs bodies' travels from all over the UK (Leeds, Brighton, Suffolk, Edinburgh, Brighton... Winscombe) are congregating to build The Sheep Shed. There are still debates as to its name, JAM ² (or (JM) ²AC. It might just be called the Sheep Shed.
So, on this first proper building day, they were four extra builders down - one flew on an airy-plane from Scotland mid morning, and the other arrives tomorrow.
There was a marvellous safety course, in which people were told not to cut themselves. So far, only J has managed it. (Minor digits, don't worry, they'll survive.) But it's all falling into place: the wood arrived in TWO trucks on Wednesday (not sure why they didn't just bring a bigger truck), as the foundations and hard-standing were laid by little M neighbour B, and J a few weeks ago. (With an extra hand from a friend, H, in the village - thanks!). So, here is where they started, at the beginning of day one:
|The sheep are impressed even by the wood, so we're hoping|
they're easy to impress!
There was a split between the older and younger members of the team: the younger wore hats, and the elder didn't. In this glorious sun, we have had some burning despite being enticed by this:
Now, I', even less than a dogs' body. I think I could be some kind of Chihuahua. So whenever I came to see them, I just listened to them talk (even when they're not talking building, they might as well be talking pig latin they're all so clever!) and decided my little job in feeding Baby Nancy was good enough. She was always pleased at absolutely EVERYONE because she thought that there was a chance EVERYONE might feed her. I think she got pretty confused, poor lamb.
|Nom nom nom.|
The rest of the sheep were either: completely uninterested, or quite keen to run around the concrete:
Luckily there were no sheep related injuries either, as some of the tools looked very sharp indeed:
|If I were a sheep, that would hurt|
Lots of clever things were happening:
|A having fun with the saw (it's harder than it looks!)|
|M sawing away.|
|C eating cake counts as action, right?|
E briefly got her moment in the limelight (even without a role):
|And E's arm were exposed to the sun for the first time in seven years.|
No hyperbole. Pretty impressive, huh? Good vantage point for photos
And Little M's amazing builder's boots have to be shown because they are pretty awesome:
All in all, the five builders seem very contented. To my untrained eye, it certainly looks more structural, and, although they were talking about some of the angles being wrong, it seems to be staying up. And some of the joints (I don't know the technical names), look really beautiful:
|It's on stilts! So it can technically move, but find someone|
who can carry a structure this big...
|Tiring work, but we think that the cake helped.|
The barn so far - it actually looks like a barn!
Bring on tomorrow! And the designer will come to survey his work...