Their cotton socks. Bless their cotton socks.
Mikaela and Keegan have been clearing, clearing and clearing for four days in a row. And they are doing a thorough job.
The brambles were first to bite the dust, with some gorse thrown in for good measure. There is still a large amount of gorse to be tackled in that particular area.
As is the case all over the land, but that has to wait. I've already been surfing the internet on how to deal with an invasion of gorse in an ecological manner, and without setting fire to it.
Power tools have come out and Keegan is a happy bunny. He trims the rushes and grass that have been liberated from furze and briars (or gorse and brambles)
Mikaela is opting for manual tools.
These youngsters are so motivated and always with a smile on their faces.
The brambles have been cut to about 40 cm. They want to use the stems to lever them out of the ground. If that fails they'll have to be cut all the way back, but Keegan has been able to lift some of them out by the roots already.
Here, at the front, vegetation has been strimmed back and it is looking fab already.
Bert came up with the idea of making a fire pit. Our volunteers love the idea and are looking forward to the project.
It is always nice for any volunteer that they have the chance to 'build' or do something for us that lasts. Leaving a little of themselves behind, something that we can remember them by. Not that I have forgotten about any of our many, many volunteers over the years. They all hold a special place in my heart.
While they're here I like to feed them well. And I just love it when they have a good appetite and enjoy food.
Life is good.