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, 10 April 2014
A Progress Report
After yesterday, when the wind went round into the southwest and brought us a day of driving rain, it was a joy to go down to the castle in this morning's bright sunshine to see how work was progressing. There's a lot going on, and every sign that things are gearing up for a big push through what are usually, from a weather point of view, the better months of the year, May and June.
The sharp-sighted amongst this blog's readers will have spotted another change to the castle's appearance....
....it's being clothed in netting.
With three stonemasons arriving next week, and more workmen thereafter, building work on the walls will proceed apace, and this is best done with some protection from the rain. The netting is what builders call 'dust and debris' netting, and it's not what would usually be used to keep a building weatherproof, but the normal material is thicker and more wind-resistant, and wouldn't survive in local conditions.
Scaffold subcontractor John Forsyth is fitting the netting. For him, yesterday, while not pleasant, gave him an opportunity to see whether this netting is effective in keeping the rain off the walls - and it is.
John was being assisted this morning by Paul Hickman, who can be seen using plastic ties to fix the netting to the scaffold poles. It's also stapled to the vertical scaffolding board which runs around the edge of each 'lift' (walkway).
John has also almost competed the scaffolding of the upper part of the biomass boiler house so it can now be built up until it's level with the car park.
Meanwhile, the lads are continuing with the long job of pointing the outside of the great curtain walls. Picture shows John O'Neil working on the east wall, with the heather-clad hill called Glas Bheinn in the distance behind him.