The end of October has brought the building season to an end, and the completion of about 35 meters (some 40 yards) of flint wall, taking us round the bend in the Horseshoe Track. Having got round the bend in the track, means that if you look down the track from the road the wall appears continuous down the left hand side, and walking up the track from the Golden Valley you can see the wall before you go round the bend. There is still a short length of retaining wall to be finished on this side of the track.
This year was a little more complicated with the need to leave a gap for a designated footpath, and dealing with two mature trees which had grown on top of the wall. Thanks to the muscles of the foresters who felled the trees and dug out the stumps, we have been able to rebuild the wall in the areas which had been occupied by the trees. This required rebuilding the wall from the foundation up. Normally we only have to reconstruct a partially collapsed wall. There were a few further tree stumps which were encroaching on the line of the wall which had to be trimmed, to make room for the wall. We have built in the stanchions for the steel estate fencing which surmounts the wall, and all that is required is for the contractor to come along and install the rails, and lastly some landscape gardening has been carried out to tidy up that side of the track.
Thanks to Ray Cox.
Great job by the flint waller team.
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Well done Rowan and Ray, a really good piece.
Why we stop building at the end of October is because of the type of mortar we use. The mortar is based on lime putty, lime putty is created by mixing quick lime with water. The putty can be stored for a long time, sometimes years. The mortar is created by mixing the putty with sand and the British Standard for using this type of mortar states that it should not be used at temperatures below 5 degrees Centigrade. Generally the temperature in November gets below 5 degrees centigrade.
Many thanks Ray Cox