Whats Happening ?

8th September 2009

Trevor and Adrian spend time in greasing and checking the 22RB after its major work-out with Michael.  It is running very sweetly!

They then get down and dirty removing silt from the paddle chambers.  Water is flowing through them both but they still contain considerable deposits.  The exit of the eastern wall paddle chamber is now just showing above low tide  exit

Adrian is somewhat disconcerted to discover that his waders have developed not just one but three separate leaks!

7th September 2009

Adrian gives the Kubota a thorough cleaning.  He installs a new fuel filter, tops up the engine oil and greases all the moving parts.  The machine is ready to return to Chris Hassall, its rightful owner, having once again proved to be an invaluable tool to this restoration project.

5th September 2009

Michael spends most of the day removing silt from the lock chamber and found, and recovered, another curved coping stone from the wing wall. 

He has managed to reach and dredge quite a long way past the outer gate recesses but still not quite to the river. Until more hard core is obtained and the wing wall built up to extend the working platform he will be unable to move the crane to a position where he can reach the mouth of the canal.

 He has removed the silt build-up from the exits of both paddle tunnels and the one thought to be blocked appears to have water flowing through it, which is very pleasing.

Due to heavy rain recently the river is flowing fast and high.  This means that the water in the lock chamber is not emptying as much as when the river is low so at the moment the exits of the paddle tunnels cannot be clearly seen.

4th September 2009

Michael arrives in the afternoon and drives the crane forwards onto the newly levelled area of lock side so that the mouth of the canal can be dredged of silt.  He still can’t reach the very end but clears a large mount from in front of the outer gate recess. A curved coping stone from the wing wall is uncovered and retrieved.

Once the mouth of the canal is clear of silt Adrian is hoping that the water level within the chamber will fall sufficiently to expose the exit of the paddle tunnels so that they can be cleaned out.

3rd September 2009

Once again Trevor and Adrian give their attention to the paddle gate.  Eventually it surrenders and begins to lift and close quite easily.  Unfortunately the space behind the gate is full of silt and water cannot pass through. 

Having first secured the gate in its opened position Trevor and Adrian then laboriously begin to remove the build-up of silt using a long handled shovel.

The swan family come to investigate the commotion! Jpg swans  Adrian is becoming slightly worried about Trevor.  He seems to be developing a fixation on wearing rubber waders. Trevor says, ‘Hark who’s talking!’