It started with a disc cutter….
Cutting through the yard concrete….
Then the mini digger came to play!!
Then a few days later we have trenching everywhere….
Pipes connected to the septic tank, electric cables laid, water pipes dug in!!!
Now to await the building control officer to sign the trenching and pipe laying off….
Always feel nervous when he is called to site given how long he stopped us for in October!
Drain clearance!!!!! Yes leaves, rocks, silt all blocking the drains and causing the road to get some very large puddles!!! So I am trotting off down the lane each fortnight adorned with my new wellies and a shovel and clearing the drains!!
The weekend before last James’ parents came down for the weekend, and stayed in the lovely B and B my parents enjoy!
We got a wealth of things done and now have a new outside light, electrically powered pointing out to where we park up when we arrive, expertly installed by James’ dad.
James and his dad also fixed the leaky tank in the hovel!! (See previous post)
Whilst this was going on James’ mum and I took a shovel and went off down the lane which had flooded and was a bit of fun to navigate after all the rain… On our wandering we had found the water pouring over the bank rather than down the pipe into the stream…..
Not having wellies I couldn’t get close, James’ mum bravely waded in with the shovel accompanied by the Labrador Bella who was over the moon at having so much water to splash in!! She located the drain and managed to clear the leaves that were clogging it. The vortex in the water once the leaves were cleared was immense!!! Once the water went down a bit, I could get close and cleared the rest of the leaves by hand and we moved onto the drain on the other side of the road….
This one was also invisible and had to be dug for….. This time through rocks and silt from the hillside, which had been washed down… The owners of the top fields have been digging out and clearing the drainage ditches and I think this was just the run off from that. All the loose stuff being washed down due to the heavy rains we had had! So once the second drain was cleared the pipe was once again gushing water in the right place!! Bella was a little disappointed though that her splashing pool had gone!!
Mental note has now been made to find myself some decent fat calf wellington boots!!!
James’ mum and I also found some more interesting bits on our wanderings and we have found that the drain cleared earlier in the year….
takes a good load of the run off from the hill out of the second stream!!!
Bella the Labrador was also pleased to find this water to splash in!!
Yes Leaks not Leeks!!!
The same weekend as the building news in the previous post…. Water began to leak from the hovel ceiling….. Now the previous owner had kitted it out in a rudimentary and temporary way, but then had lived in the place for 10 years!!!
We turned on the water, we turned on the heating as normal when we got there (the concrete slabs all round the place like to suck out the warmth and the place can feel quite damp on times)
Then the dripping started…..
It started above the green cylinder in the corner of the room drip….drop…. Drip…. Ugh….. James opened the hatch…..
Turns out the over flow ballcock wasn’t working as it should so the tank was overflowing into the ceiling space and dripping through the pipe holes…..
Thankfully last weekend James and his dad spent the morning taking it in turns to be legs poking out of the ceiling hatch and rigged up a temporary solution to the issue!!! Hurrah!!!! No more drips!!!
Yes it took three and a bit days to drill to 240 foot and then install a tank and all the pipe work!! But there is now water again coming out of a tap at the smallholding!!! The amazing borehole company helped us out with extra connections and they connected up the hovel!!! Hurrah and despite my fears for the hovel pipe work!! No explosions of water ensued!!