Friday, 11 October 2013

Medieval Bridge builder 2013 style. South Devon Village by-pass.

Our little medieval bridge is being repaired AGAIN.. the last time it was repaired was sometime in 1600.
 I couldn't resist sharing this guy who seems so happy in his work. Lovely guy, I have never seen him without a smile on his face. Mind you, he hasn't been around working on this side of the bridge very long. We have had the pleasure of his smiling face for a few short weeks.

A snag hit our new water relief channel at the beginning of last week. After a huge downpour of rain, we thought all was well, the water was channeled down the new DITCH water relief channel, all seemed great until we noticed the water level in the natural course of the stream had dropped drastically the next day.

The normal flow of the stream was down to hardly a trickle of water.

This is where the new water relief channel meets the stream. the edge of the water relief channel is too low.
All the water is being directed straight down the water relief channel.
Er... water relief channel ?
Isn't a water relief channel supposed to take water to relieve the natural stream when it rains heavily, to help with possible flooding and not take all the water, so that the natural stream dries up and gets over grown with weeds natural plants.

After a day away yesterday we came back to find the answer to all our problems of flooding.
Devon County Council in their wisdom have come up with an answer. A bit of wood across the opening of the water relief channel.

That bit of wood makes the whole year seem worthwhile...before I say more and really get myself into hot water, thought it best if I show a calm scene, and other snaps the camera took yesterday.

Our two eldest granddaughters on their way home from school.

The hairy caterpillar Mr Chops.

Miss Stella.

Karina and her mum. 

Freya can be found over at catflap cavalier.

One more smile. Two of the rag dolls that were on here a few weeks ago found their way over the little bridge (dodging the holes), to their new home in the U.S. With the desired effect, just love that smile.

It's always good to near home after a long day out. Seeing huge machines on the road remind us one day, the village will have a new by pass, all the holiday traffic in the Summer months can get from one place to another a whole eight minutes quicker and then be stuck in another traffic jam further along the road. A spokesman from Devon County Council, earlier today told us that the stream will eventually level it's self out.. He hasn't actually seen this stream in full flow. We really hope he is right !
No one move that bit of wood........ Have a great weekend guys as always see you soon X


WoolenSails said...

I see that a lot around here too, they redirect the water and then the streams dry up, ugh. Loved seeing photos of the family and the pups.


Caroline B said...

Plank of wood? I am impressed - how many collective years of education did it take to come up with that one?
I can almost beat that but not quite - had a new doorbell fitted yesterday but it might not be permanent...the surveyor has to approve it first....sigh...

WendyCarole said...

You couldn't make it up could you?

Unknown said...

BOL a plank of wood.....why are we surprised???? Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

MyCretanlife said...

I think Bodge job comes to mind

Sue said...

A block of wood??? For this you need an engineering degree? Ok, enuf of that, all your girls are beautiful and look at that smile on the face of the dollies new Mom.

Old Kitty said...

Oh I do hope the natural stream recovers! Oh dear!

Awww but look at Mr Chops and Miss Stella and Miss Freya!! And happy smiey faces! Yay! Take care

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Come on ditch diggers and hole diggers-- get the ditch or water way fixed and strong so it works. Enough worrying has gone on- already!
We love the family photos of all of you--beautiful smiles and happy pups!

Al said...

A piece of wood, or some duct tape, can solve everything! It's nice to see a man happy at work, I'm not these days.

You were asking about Socks - he's our little dog who loves to go hiking.

Murphy said...

So let me get this straight . . . they fixed the bridge in 1600 and this is all the longer it lasted? Seems like that isn't very long at all, was the workmanship inspected? We think 500 years would be more reasonable BOL! Gotta love a happy worker.

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Pee Ess - Did you know that your word verification is turned on??

Pattilou said...

Good to know that not only in America do we have political missteps and water mucking! Like one of your other answers--you really couldn't make this up! :)

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

WOW did you say Medieval??? Love the uniforms. Woof Woof to the gang. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Shashi Nayagam said...

Hope the dry stream matter is sorted out soon. You are so lucky to be near a stream and don't want to lose it.
Lovely pictures of your family

Mollie said...

I like'z it when they do werk in the summer Bawahwhhahhwha all tanned. Popped over to say hello, come to our mega pawty xxooxxx

Mollie and Alfie

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Priceless eh?! Lovely pics of the girls and you are looking younger than ever! xx