Sorry, darlings, I was out until after 5.30 and I slumped with a glass of beer. Because I only had enough wine for a single glass and that just wasn't going to cut it. By the time I realised I hadn't taken the photos today, it was getting dark, so I'll have to do it another day. Not tomorrow, I'll be out from 7.30 am until 9.30 or so in the evening. Out most of Friday too, so I'm making no promises before the weekend.
However, I can give a verbal report - I had to get ready for my meeting this afternoon, so I only worked for just over an hour. But it was enough to add a row of bricks, the penultimate row, on one side of the pillar. Meanwhile, Dave finished off the central pillar. He didn't add the cap, as it's quite heavy and he wants the mortar to be set firm on the pillar. On the other side of the pillar, there are two courses of bricks still to go - but that's only one morning's worth of work. We are actually within three days of finishing, we believe.
Whether all three of those days will happen this year is another matter. We'd like to finish the brickwork, but if the weather turns, this may be it. Last year, we did carry on until the 26th October and were abruptly halted by Dave's illness, although it was getting jolly cold by then. We shall see. I've got two or three days free next week if the weather's fine, don't know about the Sage.
In any case, we will have a party next year - May or June suit you? You are all genuinely and cordially invited and we'll pick a Saturday to suit as many as possible, if you let me know....no darlings, not yet. Far too soon, the eggs aren't laid yet, let alone hatched.
It does look brilliant. I'm so pleased with it. The only thing for which I regret the thought of finishing is that Dave won't come and see us unless we give him a job to do. He points out that a social call doesn't suit his workaholic ethos. We could, of course, find a lot more jobs - there's a toolshed to be built, a boathouse to be demolished and reconstructed, a summerhouse to renovate - but no more bricklaying.
Still, we're not there yet. Still a few days of fun to come.
Sunday - pictures added.