Day 27: Remember Ozymandias?

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk a shattered visage lies . . .

Poetry is one thing to bring comfort to a would-be builder who has just been ticked off by the site manager for being condescending.  OK, I know I suffer from what is at last recognised as a real condition: obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, The fact remains, though, I really do like straight piles.

But now I know that the straightness of the pile of blocks is secondary in importance to its placement: both in relation to the work area and to the next pile (you have to be able to get a mixing board in between the columns.)  But I’m not going to tell you any more about piles of blocks because I’ll only get ticked off again.  So here are the blocks for the front of the building that remind me of the Shelley poem:


And these are blocks on the eastern side for the children’s room.  I missed the chance of seeing the dumping of stone into the trough and then being covered in sand as seen here.  The sand will prevent the damp-proof membranes from being punctured as the cement floor layer is poured.


On the western side, Graham is digging out the ground in preparation for the two new rooms on the western front.


Now, it would be really great if someone – or preferably loads of people – could click the Comment box and say how glad they are that I am covering this project and how much we are all learning before I’m banned from the site.


16 thoughts on “Day 27: Remember Ozymandias?

  1. Have commented before – but just want to reinforce the fact that I really love your daily blogs – keeps everyone informed and keeps the excitement going re the potential for this project…

  2. Priscilla, I am really enjoying the pictures of the ongoing work on the site, and do appreciate you keeping up this excellent blog. (Any details yet on which room the lances will be kept?)

  3. I am so enjoying keeping up with the progress, P, through your blog, as I haven’t yet managed to visit the site for myself. Thank you for your wonderful attention to detail in words and pictures which satisfies all my curiosity. Don’t stop or you’ll leave me all at sea!

    1. Thanks, Annie – there’s something extraordinarily satisfying about seeing how a building starts to take shape from endless meetings, to Dan’s vision, to the paper plan, more meetings and then to the real thing. I had to look at the plan at the crack of dawn this morning to work out why Gordon had started to cut the concrete from the manhole in such a weird direction. But it did make sense. Of course.

  4. Thanks so much Priscilla, it is wonderful to see the Comunity Centre finally taking off We owe so much to the committee for their time and dedication. Look forward to your daily updates Karyn x

    1. And thank you for continuing to believe in it. The Team have been great, I agree – and we are lucky to have an excellent building team on site bringing our dream to reality.

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