That's how this little halt is starting to look, especially when seen in today's sunshine. Just look at the mist on the Cotswolds Edge this morning:
First things first, a cup of tea, a doughnut, and a natter.
We're going to miss these little get togethers, when the halt is opened. We sit in the sun, and listen to the larks. Soon we will have the container removed (going for scrap, it leaks like a sieve).
Here Jim is fixing screws from behind to hold one of three notice boards that will be placed inside.
The roof has had a start made on it with black Hammerite.
Oh well, I guess it's irresistible to tease the one you love. In fact, he must love us a lot, because he did it every time the DMU went by.
The path is rather rough near the top, and in the area where Minnie used to ply her trade, the ground is soaked with semi hard concrete.
Paul and Dave are scraping off the top layer here, so that the edging boards can be extended upwards, and another sheet of terram put down.
Dave is using Jim H's Hilti, which is a marvellous machine for this sort of stuff.
Elsewhere, Tim and John raked and levelled the top of the bank. It was cleared of stones, so that the grass will be on a level and clean surface, should anyone come along to mow it. John also sowed much of the second bag of grass seed that was donated to us. All we need now is a bit of rain - please.
A team of 8 carried the rails down to the platform, just like the good old days. No photographs of this though, the whole team was holding on.
The posts were secured with concrete, and the notices will be bolted down with shear nuts. We just need to wait until the concrete has gone off, and the posts stand secure.
Post holes for the running in board were also dug.
You can just about make out a first fuzz of grass on the slope by the platform. More grass has been sown on the bare strip in the foreground.
Here you can see that Dave has finished the roof (we have switched to Bitumen in the end, as we needed so much paint that the Hammerite became too expensive) and Jim has started on the undercoat on the rear. Coincidentaly, this is the same colour as the top coat applied to the shelter at Usk goods yard. Our top coat however will be GWR light stone.
After Jim H completed the undercoat at the back, 4247 drifted by again.
Jim H and Dave take a breather from painting, and paint stripping.
They will be back on Thursday to advance the painting of the shelter a bit further.
Isn't it funny how it always takes a lot of chiefs, and one Indian?
Here Paul and Jim, (single handedly!), fill the many wheelbarrows of stone that are required for the path. We had 20 tons of the stuff here, then another 20 tons.
In the background, John and Tim have started on the next bit, which is to prepare the ground where the shelter was parked for repair. It's too low there, so a few rocks and spent ballast are being thrown in the void.
This is the low spot where the shelter was parked.
The path of stone chippings will come through here, and end in a gate just off to the left.
The blue line shows our property border; the camera is positioned on the bridle path.
Dave is putting the final bit of concrete into the northen rail post hole, while John stands next to one of the holes dug for the running in board, which will stand at this end of the platform.