Blest with some fine weather, a somewhat recalcitrant scarifier, an array of spreaders (need a proper collective noun here, Ed), seed, fertilizer, 2000kg of loam, luter & assorted rakes (non-human), barrows and tea, the GCC winterizer squad set about repairing the square to ensure even better playing conditions for 2017. The process started fairly gently while watching Wiz & Jerry attampt to start the scarifier in the face of loads of helpful suggestions. Finally underway, a little raking provided a welcome distraction while the others moved the 80 25kg bags of loam into so regular and tidy piles.
The pace picked up a bit with tea and biscuits while watching Wiz scarfifying and unloading the debris. Seeding and fertilizing were also fairly relaxing although I did manage to spill a fair amount of seed on a rather verdant patch of outfield. Meanwhile the loam lurked (or whatever loam does while resting) in its 25kg bags which are heavy enough to start with but somehow double in weight when you lift the 20th and upend it in to the spreader. But even that paled compared to the joys of luting the 2000kg of loam now evenly spread over the 8 tracks of our fine square. Finally it was all over and the various equipment packed back on to its trailer only to find the Adnams was not quite ready… Oh well!
Here’s to even more runs at Spring Lane in 2017.