The scaffolding was removed at the weekend to reveal the newly painted windmill in all its glory. With the black pitch glinting in the spring sunshine, we were at last able to admire the freshly restored exterior woodwork and weatherboarded cap.
Inside, the floors have been sanded, the walls distempered, and the provender mill reinstalled.
This week, weather permitting, the sails (sweeps) will go back on. On Tuesday the site will be prepared for the arrival of the crane, and the millwright will be on site on Wednesday to put the sails back in the stocks, or supports. The sails will then be hoisted back on Thursday, with Friday as a contingency day.
After that the underpinning, landscaping and final minor works go on up to the finish date which currently is 20 April.
So if you are free on Thursday, do come along to see the sails being replaced – it will be a moment to cheer!