A duck's eye view of the magnificent erection, showing the back end of the barn, still hidden by heaps of mud. But you get the general idea, I hope. By the end of what was a gloriously sunny day all the roof trusses are in place, and a sprig of oak has been attached to the right hand truss for luck. As night falls and the builders feel rightly proud of a good day's work we all celebrate the topping out by downing some fizz - in this case sparkling cider made from the 2006 crop of apples.
Next day and the builders are perched on the apex, fixing the sections that will create the hipped ends. I haven't dared to ask when the first slates will go on.