Friday, 24 June 2011

The Last Post

Not for me - though the effort nearly killed me!

With the help of my neighbour, who is in her 70s, I got the post out.  She went and had her pickaxe re-handled (is that a verb?) specially, as I had gone to borrow it this morning and she found it - handle-less in her barn.  She came round with it as soon as she heard me hammering the post again - what a sweetie! She had already lent me her sledgehammer, which I couldn't have done without.

The post was buried about 18" deep in the ground, and in a base of very strong concrete and stones.  It had a better foundation than my house!  (Actually, my house doesn't have ANY foundations...)

Here's what it looked like when I cleared the earth and gave it its own bomb crater...

Base of post

It took us five hours hard work to get it out.  It looked as if it was made from 2 pieces of small-gauge railway line...

Post out

...and here's the hole it left...

Hole left

So - not much done today and nothing to show for all that effort as its all filled with soil again now!

4 comments:

Carolyn said...

My goodness! Such persistence. I would have tried to bury it and build up some sort of bed around it. Well done to you and your neighbour.

Wipso said...

Thanks for letting me know. It seemed I was having probs with my pics. Please have another look cos I think I have sorted it now.
A x

Helen said...

Well done you. Jobs which take a lot of effort with not much to show for it are so annoying but at least you know you've done it properly. And how kind of your neighbour to help!

Joy said...

Great neighbor! I haven't been here for awhile--need to catch up on what you have been up to.
I explained my cake ingredient measurements in the comments under my post about the Pound Cake. Let me know if you have more questions.