broken bridge

Our latest project was a bit daunting, we’d put it off thinking it would be difficult and time consuming. There is a bridge over the stream at the bottom of the hill in the rainforest

1.before1

and the timbers have been deteriorating since we moved in. No longer was it safe to traverse in a tractor…….

2.before2

……the time had come. Michael had sourced hardwood from a local sawmill and it was already stacked and ready to go. After cutting them to length

3.cutting

we laid them out to make sure we had enough

4.laying out5.laid out

and drilled the nail holes in preparation.

6.drilling

The old boards were easily prised off

7.prising8.prising

and the new ones were dragged down the hill a few at a time.

9.dragging

One by one, they were set in place

10.new ones

and nailed to the supporting beams (old telegraph poles).

11.nailing

We were pleasantly surprised at the progress we made

12.newones2

and the old ones were stacked for future use.

13.old ones

The last of the old ones came off

14.last one off15.all old ones off

and the new ones were all laid.

16.all laid

It was hot work but the surroundings made up for the discomfort.

17.scenery118.scenery2

Side rails finished off the edges and Poppy was on hand to give advice.

19.siderails1

We thought it fitting that she should be first to test the strength of the new bridge.

22.finished

After that hard work in the heat, there was only one way to get back up the hill.

23.up the hill124.up the hill2

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