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Standlake Ranch, Witney, West Oxfordshire20 May 2012
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This is the part of the lake that we are to bridge

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We will be using these bits of old telegraph poles for uprights

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And these old pipes to span the gap

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Starting to dig a hole for the first upright

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Pounding in an upright with a sledgehammer

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Meanwhile, elsewhere on the ranch, some steps are going in to a steep bank

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And some more steps further along the path!

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Putting in a half-round upright to hold the step in place

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Back at the bridge, a support is going in for the upright, and a hole is being dug for the second upright

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Chris takes a break from supervising

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These steps are coming along nicely

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And so are these!

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Second bridge-post going in slowly but surely

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And this one gets a supporting strut too

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Until our bridge is complete, this rope bridge is the only way to get to the island...

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...unless you want to try floating across on a telegraph pole?

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So now this lovely tranquil site has...

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... new steps and a handrail, ...

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...two extra steps here, plus another set of steps not pictured,...

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...and one end of a bridge. We'll be back another day to complete the job.