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 Reconstruction

August 24th and we have arranged for a tractor and trailer to collect the roof. It takes four of us to load it: thirteen sections of heavy corrugated iron about thirty feet long and a metre wide, plus some long pieces of panelling and a long upright. The journey from Cendrieux to Rouffignac is interesting to say the least. It’s a very narrow winding road with numerous Dutch, Belgian, French and English tourists sight-seeing as they drive. Fortunately we manage to make Rouffignac without mishap, taking to the grass on occasion on particularly tight bends. It’s great seeing our roof eventually pulling into the village.

Now we have all the hangar parts safely at the new airstrip it’s construction time. Bob has marked and numbered every piece, and fortunately when he was a kid he loved Lego. I preferred stuffed animals – so I’ll be the gopher. My gopher status is required rather quickly – for digging! We had our tractor man come in with a hole-digger to dig the eleven two-foot deep holes for the uprights. Very glad I was too since the ground is solid clay with a goodly layer of flint partway down. After the digger had finished I got to dig out all the loose dirt, and also widen some of the holes which were slightly out of position.

Holes done we now put in the uprights and then attached the cross pieces, then Bob went to work with the concrete mixer … well … actually he was the concrete mixer!

Concrete Mixer!

He mixed a bucket at a time and put it around the base of each post. The next day with the concrete set we can started putting the panels on. I was surprised at how quickly this went. Bob put the bolts in and I was given a quick lesson on pop-rivets, and was let loose with the rivet pliers. In no time at all both sides were finished.

Next stage will be to put the roof on, but first we need to find a machine to lift the sections.

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