The guys arrived at Southminister Station at about half past 7 & Martin picked up 4, taking them straight to the field to start stacking the bales in piles of 8 for easy loading purposes
Martin then drove back to fetch the other 2 guys & brought them back to the Sanctuary. Then in Keith's excellent Van (thanks Keith) he drove them to the field to start loading.
In the meantime Jo & Derek arrived to help stack the bales
It's a small World isn't it?
Incredibly, Cliff, who owns the land, drove out to meet the Pune team who he was delighted to chat to as it transipred that his Father was born in Pune !!!
Rahul, Darshan, Cliff & Chetan
The hard work was then begun in ernest as 50 bales at a time were loaded into the van, driven home, unloaded & stacked into stables by the other team.
Where shifting hay is concerned, many hands do make light work !
Back at the Sanctuary, Chetan made friends with Peanut !
The Hay Team !
Not forgetting Jo & Derek, who had left before the cameras came out !
Back L-R Surjeet, Pradeep, Martin, Me, Darshan, Rahul & in front Chetan
Plus Sagar who took this picture
Thanks to all who have helped with this years Hay collection - it's not over just yet by the way...
The guys left to catch the 10:17 train back to Brentwood & we managed to get 7 in the little Astra to make just one journey to the station ! (Don't tell anyone)
As Darshan said, "it may be a record number in an Astra for Asheldham, but it's nothing to back home" - eheh