Friday 29 November, and the intrepid DPA volunteers marched forth. I don’t think I have used that form of words before! It’s hard to be original after so many blog posts, this is no. 51. Anyway, Plymouth Leat, built by Drake in 1591, was again the object of the exercise and did we whistle along it?!

Work begins, some bracken and regrown gorse.

Work begins, some bracken and regrown gorse. Click on the photos see larger versions.

We started where we left off on the 14th November, in the area shown in the photograph above – with a little bracken and regrown gorse. There were five brush-cutters working and fairly sparse vegetation to be cut.

Another work scene on Plymouth Leat.

Another work scene on Plymouth Leat.

While the brush-cutters are important in that they cut the vegetation, there would be an untidy mess if the cuttings are not cleared away and the site left in a tidy condition. The photograph above shows some of the tidying being done.

The well earned lunchbreak.

The well earned lunchbreak.

While much of the day was overcast and a little dull, it was brightened considerably during the morning coffee break and again at lunchtime by the appearance once again of CAKE! There were two varieties sent along by Rachel – chocolate brownie (very nice) and orange and sultana with icing (also very nice).  I am now certain there is a DPA “cake mafia” behind the scenes who arrange the regular cake supply between themselves. Ladies, Cake Queens, we salute you!

The work party consisted of Stephanie Ackland, Ian Aldersley, Val Barns, Derek Collins, Chris Francis, Sylvia Hamilton, Nigel Heath, John Lucas, Keith Ryan, Elaine Viant, John Viant, John Watson and Helen Wilson, making 13 of us.

Back to work, a common cry on the leat! Our finish point, at 3 pm, was at SX 52289 65058, which means that we covered 760 metres. This was helped by several stretches of leat where there was little or nothing to be cut. Today’s effort has been added to the project’s aerial Google map.  A view of the area, without the track of the project, can be seen in the side-by-side Bing & Google maps.The total length of leat cleared so far is 2.301 km. There are another 450 metres to attend to and assuming the 9th Dec. work day goes ahead then we will finish the leat on this side of the Clearbrook road. Then we start the other side of the road ……………..

As mentioned in the title above, we had a very black sky forming in the east and creeping nearer to us. We finished work and were taking the tools back to the cars by 3 pm and fortunately did not get rained on, although the possibility looked very likely.

The Rock Inn, Yelverton, with a marquee for a Movember event.

The Rock Inn, Yelverton, with a marquee for a Movember event.

Once the work was done and the tools were loaded, many of us reconvened at The Rock Inn, Yelverton, for a much needed period of rest and recuperation. It looked quite different today with the addition of a large marquee outside the front door in readiness for a Movember event the following day.