Peter Bolas Observatory Working Group 19 & 20/4/2019

Hi Everyone,

Well …… when RAG Members turn out to form a Working Party they really pull all the stops out !!

Friday – twelve of us arrived with a motley collection of wheelbarrows, garden forks, various forms of spades, lump hammer, pick-axe, etc. Roger, assisted in part by his son Ben, spent all day installing the various electrical sockets, meter and extra Fuse Box – thanks Roger …… The rest of us battled valiantly with the rock hard ground, trying to dig out all the docks, while ‘Fifi Le Grand’ (alias Geoff) provided the drinks and nibbles ! 

The results were amazing ….. a superb effort as the day got hotter and hotter ! Everyone was fair tuckered out by the end.  Even ‘Fifi’ had lost ‘her’ fair complexion – and sustained real sunburn !! The pictures speak for themselves …. including a new use for a wheelbarrow as a seat, and a Guinness Book of Records attempt for the largest blister !

Saturday dawned ….. and at 11 am Angella and Alan began a stalwart attack on painting the inside of the Warm Room. Well done both of you – they eventually finished at 4.30pm, with hardly a break – except for a Pasty, and an Ice-cream !! (Thanks go, too, to my friend Steve who produced the paint, and spent all day Thursday on our behalf, preparing the room – scraping, taping and covering, mixing the paint ….and providing the trays, rollers and brushes). The picture attached is a panorama showing three sides of the room – so no need to panic – A&A haven’t transformed the shape of the building just by painting it !

While they were tackling the blockwork, Ed began the day excitedly unpacking his parcel – the Intruder Alarm system…. and then continued to begin fitting the system. In my wisdom ( or maybe not !) I decided that as I am anaphylactic around paint fumes, I would spend my day continuing to excavate the rocky region and remove even more docks ! Not the best decision given temperatures reached in excess of 24 degrees ! I was rescued at one point, when Rob arrived with friends – thanks Rob !!

The next stage inside is to give the Warm Room it’s second coat …… finish fitting the Intruder Alarm …… and then silicone render the Dome Room before the Platform is constructed. Once these tasks have been completed – the woodworking in both rooms can start in earnest.

Outside – we have the drainage down the sides of the building, and from the roof, to deal with …… and to treat the whole of the wood cladding with Treatex (the suitable coating that goes with Thermowood).

I hope to see as many of you as possible at RAG on Friday – when we have our Guest Speaker, Pete Williamson, on Remote Observing.



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