Now isn’t that nice, I am loving the yellow of the digger and we are quietly contemplating stealing it from Dean, selling the engine and wheels to make a garden out of what’s left…..I am only kidding but with the spring daffs and sprouting willows it just caught my eye. We are actually looking for a very cheap tractor to make another themed roundabout garden and that is keeping Mike quiet for hours trawling through the free ads.
The Lovely Jerome came over today to inspect the installation of our very own sewage system. Dean tramped down from the field during one of yesterdays down pours and announced he was ready for the S.P.A.N.K inspection. Mike and I jumped in the car to go to the offices of the communaute de communes to put in our application for an inspection but we were told quite bluntly that Miriam, the ever efficient lady who deals with these affairs was out until Monday. I explained that we had an open wound in our garden in danger of going septic if we didn’t get it covered soon, but my please fell on the deaf ears of the not so efficient lady who covers for Miriam when she is out and we were sent away until next week. Mike was very cool, and came straight home and called the lovely Jerome who is not only the designer of our system, but is our guru and mentor on the subject and just happens to be the inspector as well, how clever is that. I explained our situation and he agreed to come and inspect us and sort the paper work with Miriam next week. Back to front logic and positive thinking is what makes Jerome so lovely. Dean and Aime came over to be present at this “ohh so” important visit and I am very pleased to say that Dean’s work was passed with flying colours and Jerome was very impressed with the accurate and professional interpretation of his plans. We were very pleased but sent the young Goundworks family home to revel in their success and start again as soon as the rain stops to fill in the trenches and put all the mud in one place where I can control it, call it “the mound” and plant something meaningful on top.
I wanted you to see cuisiniere in her summer outfit. We have run out of coal and now that the temperature is way over 10 degrees we are in no need of her services but Mike gave her a thorough clean and she is ready to power up if we should get a bit of a snap. I am however quite confident that we are in for the long haul through until Autumn now. I am , reluctantly, cooking on the gas and electric cooker now and made a batch of scones to mark the moment which I over cooked and slightly burnt. My little cuisiniere gives me time to get three other jobs done before I have to think about anything in the oven but electricity is heartstoppingly aggressive and you have to be there or you burn your buns. I will never conscientiously admit to wanting to see the winter back so soon but I can’t wait to get cuisiniere stoked up, hot and cooking again