The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
It's Wet, but it's Progress
It's a week since I was last at the castle and, during that time, the weather has continued to be about as wet as it could be. Today, after almost 24 hours of rain yesterday, started grey and dry, but it's forecast to be raining by lunchtime, and there are gales promised for both tomorrow and Saturday.
In the circumstances, one can only take one's hat off to builder John-Paul and his men, who have worked through the wettest winter that anyone can remember, and continue to make steady progress despite the sopping walls. In the courtyard, the pointing of the stonework has continued - under the shelter of black polythene sheeting.
The work in the courtyard is drawing to an end, though the pointing needs to be brushed off once it's dry - which may take some time.
Meanwhile, the biomass boiler house grows apace. The mortar here, too, is going off miserably slowly, so there's a limit to how quickly the courses of blockwork can go on.
The steel girders for the flat roof have arrived, but it'll be some time before they can go on as the masonry partitions within the building have still to be built.