|foggy morning breakdown?|
Originally the digger was going to be coming on Wednesday, but that didn't work out, as the digger called yesterday morning (about 15 minutes before he was supposed to be arriving here) to tell T that his other job was running longer than he expected and so he'd be here on Thursday, if that was alright.
Not a problem. We rearranged our day and went grocery shopping.
Fortunately, T had not hired an extra pair of hands, nor had he arranged for the plumber to come.
(Ah, the instincts, they develop after a time... sort of like Hercule Poirot's "little gray cells" n'est pas?)
He decided that he too will connect to the trench and the pressure station as the water pressure is much better, and he may need it when he builds his house. (also as T has paid to have the trench dug, all our neighbor needed to purchase was some hose to run into the trench! He didn't think it necessary to purchase the galvanized tubing as he will be running his water hose next to ours...)
Still he needed run to the store to purchase the hose (he borrowed T's receipt for the size hose needed, and the location of the store to purchase it.)
A problem, you say to the start of work? Not at all. The digger had a flat tire. (Alekkos the driver had a dream about it last night) Thankfully, our other Greek neighbor in the back, has a large compressor and could pump up the tire.
The digger started working and dug the trench across the road to the pumping station, then started down the road towards the houses (T had strung the water pipes Tuesday, so all that was left was to drop them into the trench and wait for the digger to cover the holes and continue digging the trench.
Deep discussions ensued.
|the first 100 meters|
And they all were chattering away, happy as "guy" clams. (The younger man standing apart, is, we believe, the Albanian helper of the one of our neighbors, who actually DOES speak some English!)
With a total of 200 meters to trench out, Alekkos, the digger driver is very good at what he does.
|our neighbor's land (with new hose)|
Apropos to not much, I do wonder at the fact that in the forty one years we've been married it's only been in the last 8 months or so that diggers and large trucks have figured so prominently in our lives! Still, we are always open to new experiences.
So it took Alekkos all of a day - about 7 hours- to dig-
-and then to fill in the 200 meter trench.
The last 100 meters took a bit longer than the first 100 meters, as the road was narrow and more difficult.
So now T will finish the connections and ta-da! All will be right with the world!
He will disconnect the temporary connection to our back neighbors' water supply, and connect to ours. And with noticeable effect on the water flowing into the house, all will be right with the municipal water connected to our house.
Now we only have to think on the next project...
Our well that may not really be dry at all- just muddy- maybe. (but that will be for another post.)
postscript: I didn't post any pictures but Alekko filled in the trench so well after T laid the water pipes that he made the road actually better than it was before the trench!