Archive for July 28th, 2006

Done and dusted

Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

You can hardly see anything happened – give the sun another hour and it will just be a memory…

Well, it did make my blog go off with a bang :D

After cleaning the street, they even watered the replaced plants…

Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

They cleaned the whole bit where they worked so as not to leave any mud, for safety reasons. The even watered the plants they replanted – don’t know if they’re going to grow again, but it certainly is the thought that counts :)


Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

Uploading the big stone saw – I kept well out of reach!

They’re almost done – packing up their stuff after a morning hard work…

Lunchbreak :)

Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

There was loads of exciting bits inbetween – just go and check in Flickr – otherwise you will have to scroll until you’re blue in the face ;)

And yes, I did bring them some drinks inbetween – poor guys – can’t have them completely dehydrated!

A big lorry with a small bulldozer just came round for a look-see. They will have to break up the street and remove a bit of the hedge too, to check if there isn’t any subsidence. As our side of the street still has water, he advised me to better stock up a few buckets to be on the safe side. It could well be we’re without water later on :(

I’ll keep you posted!

sand – the crack in the street is where the ‘springs’ were

Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

And as our house was just across, they probably didn’t want to take any chances – luckily we don’t have a cellar, so no worries after all…

You can find the rest of the pics on Flickr :)


Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

This was what was left after the police, fire brigade and PIDPA (water works) went – after getting me out of bed at 3.25 in the morning because a water pipe burst just in front of my door. There were pretty little bubbling wells – but I didn’t take any pics then as I didn’t want to make a spectacle of myself with about 15 guys milling around :D

We’re having this heatwave – very unsettling – so I don’t sleep much at night. But this night I did. Until 3.25 in the morning. Frantic ringing at the door. I wake up – almost – think I’m dreaming, turn over, but the ringing continues… I go and check at the kids’ bedroom window – that’s in the front. Good grief! Police, Fire Brigade – red and blue and orange lights flashing – 2 combis, 1 fire engine – the works…
So I stumble downstairs – yes I’m wearing my Winnie-the-Pooh baggy T-shirt – and open the door, still half asleep.
“Good morning Madam, sorry to disturb you, but the waterworks have burst a pipe just in front of your door and it’s looking serious. Can we check the cellar?” Me:”eh? Wha’? * blink, blink* I haven’t got a cellar!” “Oh, that’s allright then, no worries!” Me again:”Hey, you know what? When I lived in London we had a flood when the river broke her banks and they came to get me out of bed – at the same time!!!”

Yes, that’s right – it was the same ungodly hour, believe it or not! But this time it wasn’t Halloween, nor was it that serious. Just a load of mud it seems now, washed away from underneath the bushes at the other side of the street…

And no, I didn’t take any pictures. It’s pitch dark outside anyway, it’s raining (finally!) and I wasn’t going to go outside making a spectacle of myself with 10, 15 guys milling around :P So you just have to imagine it :D Maybe in a few hours, when it’s light. But probably everything will be sorted then already. The water company is working on it as I type. Police and Fire Brigade have gone. Maybe I will get some sleep still, otherwise I’ll nap during the day. Luckily it’s holidays and the kids are in London, so they don’t need to worry neither :)

Right – who said anything about upheavel? I should have kept my big mouth shut :D