Saturday night was our belated 2008 Chase Trails Christmas meal & party. This is the one time each year we get to thank all our regular volunteers and their partners for all the time and effort they put in. I'll spare you the details (mainly because I can't actually remember most of the night) but I think it is safe to say we all had a good time.
Numbers for Sunday morning trail building were unsurprisingly a little low but full credit to everyone who made it, new volunteer Tom also joined us. As an added bonus there was lots of party food left over so any one who could stomach it was able to feast on sausage rolls and cake.
As the ground was relatively flat there was no easy bench cutting for us today. The technique employed was 'cut and fill', cutting a trench to reach good ground and then filling it with good quality surfacing material. Compared with bench cutting this is much harder and time consuming with lots of wheel barrowing being needed. The vast majority of 'Follow the Dog' was built this way but we have become spoilt by the easy bench cutting on most of 'Phase 2'.
While most of the crew were digging Martin was clearing and prepping for a new section of woodwork. The plan is to lay two fallen trees side by side and deck between them (similar to the new bridge on FtD but not as wide). When not circulating distributing food I was supervising Martin (sitting on a log) as my head didn't seem to like movement or noise!
Apart form me everyone else seemed really keen to keep building today and so we kept working well into the afternoon (probably all the food they eat) and got loads done, maybe we should have a party every week..