We started two big projects today. firstly Paul started to excavate the area for the reed bed filtration system. It's going to be about 50 square metres in total and about a metre deep. It's been really handy having the big excavator on site to do these jobs, it would have cost significantly more if Paul hadn't been such a collector of all things mechanical.
The other project was to build the spiral staircase in the cottage. We've purchased a great kit from Italy which whilst looks simple to install, having only 2 pages of instructions, I'm sure it will be a bit more tricky. Luckily there is a "dummies guide" DVD with it which tells you which bolts (B5) go into which holes (C24) though it is not that practical to keep running in and out of the house after every few instructions :-)
The most amusing thing about the DVD is at the start it explains that you get a DVD with the kit and it advises you to watch it before installing........derrrr