Blue Flower

We loaded up with the time capsule and tools and went to the mill. Graham told everyone that the human skull was back from Durham University and testing is being carried out from samples taken, and that pegboard has arrived for displaying finds in the wagon, Dennis volunteered to make display cabinets.

There were 6 of us at the start, Graham and John moved the display panels in the wagon so that extra notices and photos could go between them, David put up new pictures including a certificate showing we received a grant for the Clean for the Queen event and a picture of the wagon being taken to the mill.

David and Eddie cleaned brick wall bases near the wagon ready for them to be built up level, John and Dennis enlarged the hole to fit the time capsule which contains various items showing present day life including newspapers, magazines, and pictures, it will be opened up in 10 years time. The children of Narborough School prepared the packages for the time capsule and came along in the afternoon to put their entries in, then the top was put on and they buried it with sand.

The children were shown round the bone mill site, they enjoyed looking through the tunnel at their friends who were at the other end. We showed them the cistern which had water in it and the channels running into it. They viewed the finds put out on show and were very interested in the chimney base, then they looked inside the wagon and saw pictures of the restoration before going back to school.

Dennis cooked the lunch today which we all enjoyed, in the afternoon Eddie tried to refit the table top made from a gear wheel, but despite rubbing down and oiling, it is seized on half way and will need a puller to get it off, so Dennis and John measured up to make a tool for this.

Finds in the container stored in cardboard boxes that got wet were sorted by Graham and re boxed in plastic tubs and marked up. Items found at the weekend and today were recorded in the finds log. 

The top of the time capsule hole was filled with soil, raked over and covered with grass seed, we have some wild flower seeds to put down when we decide where to place them. A trough was dug against the end wall by Eddie, John and Dennis to discourage vehicles going on the newly grassed areas, and to show the new wall.

At the weekend our swing footbridge was installed over the staunch opposite the blacksmith area, this enables us to work on the other side of the river and allows walkers to join us from the footpath to look around the mill.   

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