We have a huge spoil heap 80% blocking our drive. The trenches are nearly complete. The archaeologist will make a 4th visit tomorrow. There is no sign of treasure, just a deep layer of dark earth top soil, then actual clay.
The concrete foundations will be poured on Friday and then the walls will be carefully rebuilt in brick and stone.
The builders have a little cafe area beside the garage. The table had a kettle in the middle of it and also a sandwich maker! They said this was the best job they'd been on.
A friend of mine said the most wonderful thing: at my party she felt amazingly listened to by the other people there. What a compliment!