Work got under way again with the arrival of the digger on Thanksgiving Day. Foundations reset, and re dug to the required specifications. One of the two cattle grids was installed, so that visitors and ourselves will not have to open a gate to come in and out. The fences and gates to the cattle grid still have to be installed, hopefully this will happen soon. The weather hasn't been quite as wet as it was, though the ground is still waterlogged in many places. Sebastian had his birthday yesterday and Ben Tombs, Sebastian's brother returned from a week away. Good to have him back again as things seem to happen when he is around. He knows how to get stuck in and has done all this kind of thing before in New Zealand. Ben and Sebastian are working on getting a water supply to the new barn, which has become our main living space. They put the yurt into the barn in an attempt to make a cosy living room and a second floor office above the kitchen for paperwork and writing. It's all quite cute really and apart from the fact that it is quite damp and cold it is wonderful.
Eva was born in the Hague in the Netherlands, lived in the USA, a registered homeopath she qualified at the NCHM in Newcastle in 1986 and has worked mostly in Edinburgh. She managed Aveva Natural Remedies for 10 years, brought up 6 children and gained a post graduate degree from the University of Edinburgh in Medical Sociology/Anthropology and qualitative research in 2010. Sebastian was born in Sussex, is an architect by training, qualified at Cambridge in 1975. He managed the RIAS in Edinburgh for many years and was a founder of SEDA and the first CEO of Architecture and Design Scotland.