The first machine has come onto the site and the first task is to clear a route through for all the other machines. This is the view from the current house before today (apologies for the quality):
and here's the same view as of lunchtime today.
The clearance has sadly involved cutting down a hawthorn and a holly plus some unlovely shrubs (not so sad) and the 1960s garage has gone too - you can see the roof of that behind the laurel in the first picture. So far the site is a lot less green than it was but once the build is over the oasis will return so don't panic. You can't, as they say, make a omlette without cracking eggs.