Several important things happened today at the Racecourse! First, Mary (& Dave T) spotted a grass snake under one of our metal covers on the Platform 1 embankment. Sadly the snake was quicker to depart than our trains and almost beat the camera. However, here is the end of a snake:
And a shy butterfly:
Good spots Mary!
Also I think (I hope!) we discovered the missing Klargester – so Operation Fetlock may yet be considered a success. After digging various holes in a continuous line and finding a waste pipe buried at ever greater depths today we think that we struck ‘gold’. The picture isn’t very inspiring but here it is with spade and mattock in the foreground:
Sadly by the time Bob and I had conferred on this likely being the right thing I was too tired and it was too hot to go any further. So the great opening – to see what’s in it after 20+ years without maintenance/emptying is delayed ’til Saturday. Needless to say I’ll report back.
Elsewhere, a decent crop of volunteers included Dave G, Roger, John & Mike as well as those previously mentioned. Garden watering, weeding etc was carried out plus some burning of the resultant refuse whilst ongoing painting tasks were pushed a little further on. The platform and ramp were ‘billygoated’ for the first time for a week or 2 whilst Bob continued Mare’s Tail extermination wherever it is to be found – though we fear this task may outlast us all! Here is the man himself doing a decent impression of a cyberman:
And as usual, here are a few random shots of the Station in the sunshine – this time featuring our handsome spear point fencing: