Thanks to some very kind gents from the CEDD (govt department that looks after slopes) we are now much much closer to getting the slope back into shape again. For the last couple of weeks a team of workers, ( I cannot say workmen as there are men and women involved) are gradually digging it all back so that you can walk around behind the house. You can see how much it had encroached over the years as before they started the ground level was at the height of the window in the last two photos.
Ps check out Arthur's new two in one welding goggles / sunglasses and of equal import, the partial installation of one of the new windows. Wow.