Saturday, 28 September 2013

Original Soggibottom, Soggibottom Original

Dartmoor hares have been more popular than I imagined.
One of the hares above is for Wendy.
Wendy asked for a Dartmoor Hare for her pay it forward. Although the hare has been a while in coming, little paws will be making their way over our little bridge early next week.

We said goodbye to the cheeky stonemason's yesterday that have been around for what seems like months during the Summer.
For the time being, their job is done, the water relief channel (ditch) has been built.
We're still expecting them back to repair our little medieval bridge. 
We won't however miss what must be the loudest concrete mixer in Devon, right outside our window every morning.

 At least we know the water channel works. This morning we woke up to thunder storms and the sound of running water. Soggibottom Cottage is now officially on a small island, at the bottom of the hill. At least the downpour helped to clean some of the road outside.

Sandbags and flood gates haven't been mothballed, not yet anyway.

There's still work to do on the surrounding area. In case your wondering where all the red water has come from, it's not just from building the new water channel, most of the water has run off from the new road being built at the back of the village.

This is quite a stretch of mud, in fact this is the middle of the new road that is going to by pass our village. Not finished obviously.

A water culvert along the route. They are also building bat runs that will allow bats to fly safely from one side of the road to the other.

The weather is changing, our normal wet Autumn weather is here, I don't envy anyone having to work on the new road, in all that mud.
We are however so pleased the new water channel that sits beside us has been finished, in the nick of time maybe. 

You can find Freya and her high Visibility coat over at the Catflap Cavalier. 

Have a very dry weekend. :-) x x x


WoolenSails said...

Those bunnies are so cute, love the look and the head tuft. I am glad they are done but hope they clean up the area for you.


Tweedles -- that's me said...

And we are keeping our paws crossed that the new water channel works perfect! What great photos you took to show us all the steps they are doing to make things better!
And we love the Hares!!
They are soooooo adorable- and of course filled with love!

Jo's World said...

Willa Mary thinks her new little brother and sister are very cute!

I think you have sent us all day rain and hope you can shut it off for tomorrow. I also hope all is Very Well with you.

Jo, Stella, Zkhat and Willa Mary

Caroline B said...

Funny how a piece of discarded fabric has turned into so many lovely hares - glad we got the first one!
I'm curious, how will the bats know where to go?

Unknown said...

LOL we were about to say you'll miss the cheeky chappy....but maybe not. Hope it works and you stay dry. Have a serene Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

Molly the Airedale said...

The Dartmoor Hares are just adorable!
What a huge project this has been!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Al said...

Nearby construction certainly gets tiring quite quickly. I'm glad that British autumn weather hasn't changed from what I remember :)

Sue said...

We're on the same wavelength, I've been making bunnies too. I just finished one this morning and am getting ready to start another. They're multiplying like rabbits.

WendyCarole said...

:) Looking forward to him arriving

Glad your channel is working

Soggibottom said...

Hi guys :-) so many comments to answer.. Your all very valued, especially now. AS THEY SAY.. "TIS BEEN A STRANGE YEAR"......
Not at the end yet :-)..
Would we really wish this on anyone else, defiantly not. you are given what you are given... Will we miss the stonemasons :-) ????? Lovely as they are. :-)
Will we miss the large lorry loads that travel and damage our little bridge ????
We will however miss all the laughs that we have had over the last months.. HEY.. NOISE !
Pick that up.. You can't park that there...
AT THE END OF THE DAY.. TIME WILL TELL.. if we get a year like last year then the new water DITCH might help. But, for all those that have been in the same position as us.. We still have our own flood defenses and if the right downpour comes.. we will use them.................
Thanks guys, you all know who you are, we really love your support x x x

Faye Henry said...

Hi dear Midge..
So glad to hear from you..
I haven't forgotten thee.. smile..

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Midgie--
we came back again- to loo more..

and reaching our arms out to hug all of you!
tweedles and moms

Stewey said...

Those hares are absolutely adorable!