Monday, 5 November 2012

End of an era ...

It served us well ... once the Education Centre ... then our Youth Centre ... and now ... all packed into a skip!
 All the machinery arrived early this morning to begin the demolition ...
 ... and it was fun to see the quick work that it made of the flimsy buildings.
 Section by section the "huts" were squashed, the metal removed and the remainder compacted and left ready for the skip which arrived many hours after it was supposed to be on site.
Eliot was also on site to check out the machinery and took the opportunity to meet John.
 The ground was icy cold and a bit slippery in places this morning ... but Eliot doesn't seem at all bothered by such trivial concerns!
 By lunchtime a huge section of the buildings had been flattened and the guys began to salvage the metal which was going for recycling.  Can you believe that lorry does only 8 miles per gallon!  It means that there's not a great deal of profit in recycling.
 They did have fun throwing the flimsy sheets as high as possible!
 And the angle grinder sorted out the more stubborn sections ... though Eliot is not a fan of such noise.
 By evening ... you'd not know that there had been a building there ... and the small amount of rubbish remaining will be sorted out very quickly in the morning.  Then begins the job of filling in the small trench, adding a kerb and a tarmac surface!  Anyone for tennis?
 The whole site was then checked over by Eliot ...
 ... he, and his friend Angel, had the place checked out in no time at all.
 Not a place un-sniffed ...
 ... every corner of the digger scrutinized ...
 You have to admit that he is a thorough worker ...
 ... rather dwarfed by this huge CAT!  I wonder does he realize that it is a CAT ...
So, with the huts gone, the photocopier fixed with a new drum, services planned up to the Feast of the Epiphany, open church at lunchtime and a half dozen other things squeezed in ... today has been reasonably (and pleasantly) filled.
It must be time for coffee and some reading.

Almighty and eternal God, 
you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints: 
Grant to us the same faith and power of love, 
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs, 
we may be sustained by their example and fellowship; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

BCP ... Collect of the Fourth Sunday before Advent

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