Saturday 28th January was our 13th work day on the leat – and what a day! I watched the weather forecast with the usual anxiety but there it was: clear sky and sunshine all day but clouding in after 3.00 pm. In the common vernacular, it was “a cracker”. Cold, clear blue sky and sunshine – those bones I cast must be a good set!

We met at Clearbrook as usual and then walked to the near end of the tunnel while I drove the tools around. We cleared some larger trees that were left on previous occasions.

Lunch time photo with sheep

Sheep join us for lunch ..... Click image for larger version

I have to thank Adam, Andrea, Barbara & Roger, Barry & Tanya, Becky, Bill, Bob, Chris, Helen & Tony, John & Rachel, Kathy, Mally, Stephanie and Sylvia, who, along with myself, made a total work party 19.

I also want to thank Mally for bringing two varieties of cake, again! Walnut and date or ginger – spoiled for choice again, James! Ho yes – the leat is the place to be!

Besides the cake, or empowered by it at coffee time, we worked very hard. Perhaps both with the calories it gave us and to burn it off anyway, just in case?

When we sat down for lunch at 12.50, we were almost invaded by a flock of sheep who were grazing the ivy on the trees that had been cut on the rising bank of the leat. I believe there are 26 in the photo above. The photo shows how close they came to us. This could be the start of another “working in partnership” scheme?

I want to say a special “Thank you” to Andrea, the Dartmoor Ranger for the area, who joined us for the morning. Her visit was very helpful in deciding some of our actions.

By 2.30 pm some of us had worked so hard that we were at a stand-still. More than enough work had been done to warrant clearing up and repairing to The Rock Inn at Yelverton for the usual discussion, libation and responsible rehydration. A good day.