Many years later, with good intentions and common sense thrown out the window (proverbial rather than oriel :-), phase one of the reconstruction of this 3D jigsaw puzzle begins, namely cataloguing the stone blocks and moving these on to palettes, as requested by Angus Council. Despite the recent snowy weather, the man with a "tele-handler" and my builder managed to fit in one day of this. Good progress was made, and currently we expect one more day should complete the task.
The two collapsed vertical stacks of masonry have been labelled "L" and "R" and then the massive stone blocks have been further categorised by number. These stacks have been dubbed "the twin towers", but not, I should add, by me.
There has been some fantastic news for Kirriemuir, which is the nearest town to Balintore Castle. Through the efforts of Angus Council, it has been awarded £600k to improve properties in its incredibly picturesque, but somewhat run down, conservation area. Through the ongoing work at Balintore, I hope along with Kirriemuir to "raise the tone" of the neighbourhood. :-)
|"the twin towers"|
|initial paletting by tele-handler|
|collapsed masonry more than half cleared :-)|