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Staying out of the shade…

Operation `Ready For Teddy` Blog 2 – Off and Running

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Wow…what a couple of weeks! We have been so busy that I haven’t been able to get Mummy to sit down for long enough to type my Blog!

Week 1

Three days ahead of schedule the works on site started with a visit from boiler Engineer Ollie who came round to make safe our oil pipe before the diggers started digging, and on Tuesday; two days ahead of schedule the big day was here!!

The DIGGER!!!

Breaking the first ground - a momentous day for us all.

Breaking the first ground – a momentous day for us all.

I was so excited when I saw it roll in and Daddy got me ready so I could head outside and say `hello`. I was so lucky that Paul the digger man let me have a sit on his digger even before he unloaded it. Paul let me have lots of shots of his digger and even let me use the controls!

Digger Boy

Forget the double buggy Mummy, this is the way ahead!

Forget the double buggy Mummy, this is the way ahead!

So: in this first week we had the trench for the foundations dug and two skips of soil later (one filled by hand by Mummy and Daddy) and one collection by a huge soil grabber and we had some very big holes in the garden!  Apparently it is working wonders for Mummy`s Bingo Wings – I didn’t even know she played Bingo!!!)

Mummy and Daddy looking a bit disheveled after an evening of shoveling soil

Mummy and Daddy looking a bit disheveled after an evening of shoveling soil

Paul, Daddy, Eddison, Josh and Trevor get us off to a great start

Paul, Daddy, Eddison, Josh and Trevor get us off to a great start

Week 2

Week two got off to an equally exciting start with a Monday morning wake up from a very big concrete lorry. Jake and Ashley popped back again and had a very busy start to their week with Daddy, getting the shuttering ready and water out of the hole (lots of weekend rain!) in time for the lorry to tip 8 cubic meter/A LOT of concrete into the holes.

Eddison supervising the pour

Eddison supervising the pour

Down time while the others ready the hole before the concrete pour

Down time while the others ready the hole before the concrete pour

I still am not quite sure why we spent all that time digging out the hole only to refill them…but these guys look like they know what they are doing, so I didn’t mention my concerns!

Ashley and Jake then worked even harder to level the concrete (with my help), in the hot sun, before it set, and by lunchtime all was done and all we had to do was sit and wait for the concrete to go really hard.

Checking the levels

Checking the levels

Set in stone x

Set in stone x

Mummy , Daddy, Trevor and Lesley were all very excited and said this was a very key moment for us all, and to mark it Mummy wrote me and Raifes names in the concrete…lots of tears were had by all. Not me, I don`t know why the Mummies cry when they are so happy!

Trevor and Brian decided to top up their tans and spent a day out on the site sorting blockwork three separate piles for three different sizes. I didn’t like to say anything but to me they all looked the same, still they seemed happy sitting in the sun chatting while they worked.

Trevor and Brian taking a well earned break from block sorting

Trevor and Brian taking a well earned break from block sorting

The week wasn’t over there. Not wanting to miss a day, I met Andy on Friday who is going to build all the walls for my new room. Having mastered the skills of digger driving this was my chance to start my apprenticeship in brickwork, and after watching Andy I soon picked it up (see my facebook: Teddington Trust: for my instructional video on brickwork).

Andy explains the finer points of mortar mix and brickwork to his new apprentice

Andy explains the finer points of mortar mix and brickwork to his new apprentice

By the end of the day Andy and I had set out the whole shape of the room in blockwork.

So all in all a very production week!

Week 3

Again another week started with a flurry of activity. Two wonderful volunteers, Brian and Kate came onto site and they along with Trevor spent a full day laying hardcore (lots of stones) for a base under the floor. Opps….whist sitting back and admiring their work they realised they had forgotten a very important layer, but after a quick redo they were done.

Volunteers Brian, Kate and Trevor prove to be `hardcore`

Volunteers Brian, Kate and Trevor prove to be `hardcore`

As it was so hot and looked like such hard work I told Daddy to let them have some of my Freeze Pops and I must say they looked very pleased to have them.

After a weekend away (at Auntie Cara`s Wedding)  Mummy came back on Monday and was thrilled to see all our efforts – more tears!

She was very impressed with how well Daddy and I had managed the site under the watchful eye of our Project Manager Trevor. I am now officially Trevor`s deputy and second in command for all key decisions.

Tuesday Daddy spent sitting on a wall with a hammer, thankfully he didn’t fall as I didn’t see any Kings Horses or Kings Men!

Daddy, Daddy sat on the wall...

Daddy, Daddy sat on the wall…

Wednesday afternoon I was very excited to see my friend Paul (digger man), back again and he and his friend Robin worked past my bedtime to lay the floor. Even Mummy was  able to pop out to help move some blocks after Raife and I went to bed.

Paul and Robin lay the final floor blocks

Paul and Robin lay the final floor blocks

Thursday and Friday we had Andy back on site who has been very busy with his bricks. It has been too hot this week so I haven’t been able to go out and help much but I have been glued to the window watching them all very closely and I told Mummy what a “cool dude” Andy looked outside working in his sunglasses.

Current status after a wonder 3 weeks work on site!

Current status after a wonder 3 weeks work on site!

Project Managers (Trevor) Comment of the Week

“Stacking of materials and not causing a bottleneck in the early stages of the build was only achieved with the expert help of Eddison and approval of the plan by Raife. Thanks boys I feel very confident in what I am doing knowing you are both there looking over my shoulder”.

Eddison`s working model for the Garden Room

Eddison`s working model for the Garden Room

Acknowledgements

After three incredible weeks of amazing progress Mummy and Daddy would like to thank the following people for their involvement in the early stages:

Ollie Stanley @  OHOC (oil supply works)
Ashford Demolition (skip hire)
Paul Ingleton (ground works/Eddison`s digger tuition)
Ashley and Jake @ DNA Property Services (ground works/concrete leveling)
Glynn @ Bretts (concrete delivery and pour)
Butlers Grab & Go Waste Collection
H+H Blocks (materials)
Josh Everett (volunteer labourer)
Kate Stevens (volunteer labourer)
Brian Battye (volunteer labourer)
Andy Cooke APC Brickwork (brickwork)
Travis Perkins (materials)
Neil Shorter (materials and delivery)
Lesley & Trevor (Project Management, Raife and Eddison entertainment and being there); and
Auntie Rebecca/Trust Treasurer (placing orders and paying bills)

Mummy and Daddy`s Final Thought

“Over the past three weeks we have had an incredible group of people who have come to site and really made the start of this project very special for us. We have been especially moved to see how they have all interacted with the boys and made Eddison feel so involved in the process. Our special thanks to Paul Ingleton, Andy Cooke and Glynn (Bretts Concrete Delivery Driver) for taking the time with Eddison ”

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