May 3, 2016

Fabien’s finale

Fabien the big Cat driver, who single-handedly did almost all of the work to remove the stumps and roots of my trees and ‘terrasse’ the ground afterwards ready for my planned extension, broke the back of the work by the end of Thursday of last week and went to work on another job on Friday. He said that he’d be back on Monday, though, to finish off loading the heap of sub-soil that had been left on what I jokingly now refer to as my front lawn, tidy everything up as far as possible and repair the water pipe that he’d unfortunately bent and caused to leak.

And he was, and he did everything that he said he would. I bought a new hosepipe as my old one, that had been guaranteed for 12 years was fall of holes (unfortunately, it’s one of the few things that I’ve bought in France with a guarantee that I’ve lost the receipt for) and he sprayed the stone that he’d laid in front of my house before and after compacting it with a vibrator. However, I still think that it will stay very dusty so I plan to lay some 50×50 cm slabs on top of it to save keep walking it indoors.

When Fabien left on Monday he said that he’d be back today to repair the gap in the bank that he’d made to give the vehicles access onto my lawn and pick up the Cat. He said that he’ll be using it for some work on the land around the two wooden cabins that have been built down the hillside from my neighbour’s house behind mine and by mid-morning he’d fixed the bank as best he could (it doesn’t look very tidy unfortunately) and had taken the Cat away to start work.

I did a bit of earth moving by hand to tidy the bank up a bit and fill and level a few other areas. I also attached the new ‘robinet’ that Fabien had put onto the repaired water pipe to the wall and also replaced and reattached the house’s electrical earth connection. That was enough for me today and here are some of the shots that I took when I was finished.

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I’m very pleased with how everything’s turned out and really delighted to see the back of the big old lime tree that was overshadowing my house, making moss all over its roof and dropping rubbish into its gutters. This is the first small step in getting my extension built but before then, I’ve still got much to do to get the place ready before my family visitors arrive in a week’s time. So better get cracking then!