Br. Magdala Maria, C.SS.R. empties bags of cement into the tractor-mounted concrete mixer.
The mixed concrete has to be brought to the wall in wheelbarrows, as the tractor cannot get close enough.
The inner shutter is lowered into position with the JCB…
…and then secured in place by the brothers.
Concrete is poured in the gap between the shuttering.
Br. Wolf Maria, C.SS.R. works on the reinforcing rods.
The fresh concrete is vibrated using this vibrating tool to ensure that it has no air bubbles in it and that it is as compact as possible, to give it maximum strength.
All done. Once the concrete has dried, the shutters can be removed, the hole in the ground covered over and the wall will once again ensure the safety of Papa Stronsay against the never-ending onslaught of the sea.
Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, Star of the Sea,
Pray for us.