Monday, May 10, 2010

Saturday 8th May: Step replacement

It was a braw bricht moonlicht nicht... well not quite that bad but it was a raw, wet, chilly Saturday morning that saw the start of our latest volunteer task. Despite the weather three hardy volunteers turned up to help replace steps down to a series of fishing swims (also good places to sit and watch the world go by when not occupied by fishermen).
Having replaced the steps down to the Finger Lakes Conservation zone last task the volunteers quickly settled down to work removing the old steps, cutting the new and then installing them. The team of volunteers and Ranger Nicky M. managed to replace three sets of steps, fuelled by copious amounts of tea and biscuits and with a storm kettle to warm themselves around.

The picture shows volunteer Dave trying to remove the indestructible post which despite being hit by a sledgehammer, levering out with a crowbar and other forms of gentle persuasion refused to budge. It finally succumbed to repeated efforts and snapped off near its base.

As ever, grateful thanks go to John, Stephen and Dave for all their hard work and we look forward to seeing you at our next task on Saturday 5th June.

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