It was a very wet start to the day. I was sitting at my PC when I saw the usually proud and regal cock pheasant looking rather bedraggled in the hedge. (Later this evening I saw the little stag feeding in the field.)
Luckily it had stopped raining when the pump people came. This time the boss came along to look at the situation. Sure enough the tank (under the green oval lid) was half filled with ground water which is coming in through at the bottom of the concrete lined inspection hole (under the metal lid). He's just sent us quotes for the different options but we're going to have to have the old chamber dug out and replaced as well as a new pump.
By the time they had finished peering into various holes the sun was out. Once they had gone the first thing I did was to split more wood as it's still quite cold in the evenings.
Once the wood splitting was done I had a break before going back out to continue working on the latest wall. It was rather muddy and slippery underfoot but it felt good to be getting things done. I've already worked out which plants I can move from other parts of the garden once the bank has been tidied up.
The last few rays of the evening sun.