I tuned into the BBC not so long ago to learn that it us in fact the wettest winter since records began. Great! What a perfect time to be trying to build a house, how typical!

This constant rain is seriously slowing up work, but I never thought it would have such dire consequences. It’s 08:00 hours and the stone mason has turned up on site to start work. My phone rings. It’s not good news. The excessive rain has gotten into the 200 year old cob and lime pointed boundary wall, its got incredibly heavy and a massive section of it has collapsed under its own weight. I need to get to site ASAP to have a look and take action.

10 minutes later I’m on site and he’s right, it doesn’t look good. A few passers-by have become spectators and everyone has become an expert in walls, what its going to cost to repair and how it should be done. The boundary is between my land and the church so it’s only right I contact the church warden to let them know so he can come and have a look as well and we can decide what is to be done. A few hours later he’s here, incredibly understanding and very helpful. It’s not clear who’s responsibility it is to repair the wall but I offer to take it on since I’m building next door and I can’t afford to waste time. Church warden sighs with relief. Church/council would be incredibly slow to sort it out.

A structural engineer, retaining wall with plenty of concrete and steel my side, lovely stone work from Nathan Eade on the church side, 6 weeks and the best part of £10k later and all is solved and work can continue on site… weather permitting…

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