As the dying man crawling across the desert muttered, ‘Is that a mirage?’

OK, I hadn’t quite got to that state but I was getting pretty close to it. But last week the man said that Véolia would be along either at the end of last week or the beginning of this and they duly arrived today. It’s not a pretty sight, even after I’d straightened the standpipe, that was originally at a drunken angle, and made it vertical but I guess I must be thankful for small mercies.

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Considering it cost me over 1500€, I don’t think you get very much for your money. As I told them in the office a short while ago, I could do it myself in a couple of hours and it took two of them less than that to ‘complete’ the job and disappear up the road again. I say ‘complete’ because now I’ll have to go over the area with a rake to remove all the rocks they’ve left on the surface and level it off.

But as they say, ‘It’s an ill wind…’ The rocks will actually come in very useful to use as hardcore when I get round to laying the concrete base for my metal garden store which I soon hope to be able to start building. All I need now is electricity so it’s time to chase up SDE24 and Enedis. Where’s my phone…

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