Trail blazers or crazy, hmm, not sure!
Our building consultant Brian has told us that he's never seen anything like it - in fact we are trail blazers! The rock in our earth really is something. We have been working all weekend to get more stumps in - and we are now up to the single holes that have been excavated. They are pretty big. it takes 20 shovel-loads of dirt to fill our trusty wheel barrow, and it takes 15-18 barrow loads to back fill a single stump excavated hole with the stump in place. So today Peter and I have shifted 4 cubic metres of dirt. Trouble with this dirt it that it has lots of rock in it, which has to come out. Rock and shovels don't really mix. This slows us down considerably. Despite this, we are quite enjoying ourselves. We have surrendered to the fact that this is taking 5-7 weeks longer than a normal site. We have a plan, and soon enough, we will have all the stumps in. Next weekend we are attacking the large trenches with a dingo digger, a vibrating plate and an auger/post hole driller, to get them all done. Funny how we now have to get the dirt back into the holes (that took weeks to get out!), then compact it down in 150mm lots, and then get the holes dug again. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. One stump at a time, and then we will be done.