Actually it's a 'microstation' - the most modern form of a septic tank. It took most of yesterday to install and also had to be inspected by SVL - our version of the Water Board.
By the end of the day, yesterday, all of the trenches had been filled in and the area smoothed out...
As you can see from this last picture, a bit of the microstation will always protrude from the ground but I shall disguise it with a cunning and strategic placing of potted plants!!
Also by the close of play yesterday, we had marked out the digging area for the swimming pool -
Not only that, but Danny (with the help of two strapping friends) had brought home the new fireplace! You may recall we'd arranged to buy this fireplace a couple of months ago but obviously the people were still using it at the time. I had visualised the homecoming of a "fireplace" but obviously, it is currently just a pile of granite blocks! So here it is..... our new fireplace!
Today dawned, a beautiful sunny and warm morning. The men arrived, as usual, around 8am and pretty soon they started digging the hole for the swimming pool....
It was all going.... you might say "swimmingly" and then disaster struck! They hit a water main! I didn't see it but Danny said there was about a 30ft jet of water. (He said it was a shame it wasn't oil!!). You can see the 'pool' of water still in the hole tonight....
The workmen had to call SVL who came out about 2 hours later to sort it out. The guy didn't quite finish the repair before lunchtime but he did come straight back after lunch - and finished the job in about 5 minutes....Grrrrr!
He also told us the pool had to be no nearer than 5 metres from this mains water pipe which means we have had to not just reposition the pool itself but we've also had to rethink the whole area around the pool. So the men have got to fill in the hole and start again in a different place tomorrow. It's not the end of the world; and the up-side is we get a bigger grass area near the pool where we can have a gazebo, table and chairs etc. And we are so lucky to have a large garden that gives us alternatives and options.
One day, when it's all finished, we will forget today's aggravations and just enjoy what we've been lucky enough to achieve. I have this vision of the family, sitting around the pool, the grandchildren jumping in and out of the pool, me serving up another table full of lovely food, glasses brimming with wine....... yes, I think we'll get over this hiccup!