You never know who is going to come over our little bridge these days.
Tonight we are watching for expected visitors to come knocking on the door.
Although this week it's been one of the quietest weeks we have had in the last nine months. Hardly a yellow coat to be seen around here. No large lorries passing our window. No concrete lorry coming and going, no stone mason's, no fencing people, no digging machines, no noise. It's like the good quiet ol days we used to remember.
We have a new front wall, waiting to be painted, a new road outside, a new water relief channel. THAT WORKS.
Our little Medieval bridge has been fixed TWICE. Best not to ask why it had to be fixed twice.
Just waiting for Soggibottom to have a whole new coat of paint to make her look clean and bright on the outside, with more rain heading our way over the next few days, that might have to be postponed.
We even survived the big storm last week.
This time last year things around the cottage were looking more than grim. After being flooded four times last October our flooding problem was getting a bit out of hand. We weren't the only one's around the village to have water in their door. One thing we know for sure, when you try and fight flooding, you seem as if you are well and truly on your own as you bucket water out of your house.
This October we are more confident that we are going to stay dry inside.
There are still outstanding issues to resolve about the course the stream takes as it passes Soggibottom Cottage. Our new water relief channel is actually taking more water along it than it should, now making it the main water flow of the stream. The old stream has a trickle of water. If the old water course dries up and silts, then we will need a deeper water relief channel. As I said, there are still outstanding issues. The park at the back of the cottage is still a flood plain. Nothing will change that.
On the whole, things around here are starting to come together at long last. Which also means more time to get back into the swing of updating Soggibottom's blog, and going back to the usual enjoyable things of life.
You'll find miss mutt over at Cat flap Cavalier as usual.
Have a great All Hallows Eve.
:-) x x x