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Posted 11 January 2007 - 09:11 AM


I am not looking for sympathy or asking "Why me", but for anyone out there who is feeling life can be a little difficult at times - try my last 24 hours!!!!!!!!! huh.gif blink.gif

We have just started excavating the foundations for a house we are building and the man (Jean-Pierre) who is our "technical adviser" is staying with us - or should I say in our guest cabin at the end of the barn.

Oh and just to help the picture along we live in a wooden chalet INSIDE the barn.

Well the men had finished for the day, Paul was just about to get in the shower when Jean-Pierre arrived to say part of the barn wall had collapsed. ohmy.gif

We all went to have a look, of course it was dark so with the torch we all came to the conclusion that it was nothing to worry about. rolleyes.gif

We had dinner together in the guest cabin and spent a restful night.

The following morning Paul went to have a good look - things are always different in daylight - oh yeah!!!!!! ph34r.gif

Well what can I say???????

Unfortuneately we were up against the clock, the concrete for the foundations was due in two days so the men had to go to work - hoping that the barn would still be standing when they got back. smile.gif

Now I had a bit of a conundrum, do I look at the finances and see if we can get the house liveable before the barn kills us, do I put in the plans to build the garage - which we could then live in until the house is habitable, do I look for somewhere to rent - or do I just pray that the rest of the wall holds???? huh.gif

At lunchtime the men returned and they decided that a temporary situation to make the place safe and give us time to sort everything out would be to build a coffrage and pour a couple of cubic metres of concrete in.

Well that little problem was solved then. wink.gif

We started our lunch and heard a vehicle - of course it wasn't for us we had no deliveries scheduled until tomorrow - probably the neighbour on his tractor.

Oh no, not the neighbour, it was the "house" being delivered. ohmy.gif

Now the building plot is at the end of a single track, dead end lane. We knew there would be lots of deliveries so we created about a ten metre entrance in stones for trucks to manoeuvre - still no problem HA!

This was a truck with a trailer, the driver was German who didn't speak either French or English, Jean-Pierre speaks only French and Paul obviously speaks English and reasonable French. tongue.gif

After about an hour I thought I'd go and see if they had unloaded everything - which they had, but the driver had decided to try and reverse the truck just on the land not the stone. Guess who was well and truly stuck!!!! ohmy.gif

They had to uncouple the trailer so the truck could get out, then use our JCB to pull the trailer free. Very good up to now.

However, the trailer was now in front of the truck - can you see the problem?

Paul now had to get the JCB in front of the trailer. Hook the trailer to the back arm, lift it enough to get the trailer moving and then pull it all the way out of the village to the main road so the truck can then get in front and hook up again.

The problem is of course that this really is a VERY small village and the JCB was not really meant to do this. sad.gif
Definitely a tight squeeze.

Julien, his mum and grandmother were just a little worried for the corner of the house!!!

Well thankfully Paul got the trailer through and headed out of the village - just as our friend Kate arrived with her two dogs in the car to go for a walk.

I had to stop her and tell her to reverse until she got to a little lane where she could get out of the way. Well I guess the excitement for the dogs just got too much, they knew they were going walkies, but now there was theis big yellow digger bearing down on them pulling a trailer, with another truck behind.

World war three broke out in the car.

Poor Kate was trying to reverse, stop the dogs from killing each other and all of a sudden she was in the ditch on three wheels. blink.gif

Paul was frantically trying to stop the JCB but the momentum of the trailer wouldn't allow it. ph34r.gif

Thankfully Kate got her car out of the ditch just in time for Paul to get past safely - phewwwww!!!!!!!! cool.gif huh.gif

And just as you thought it was all over, as Paul got to the end of the road the Gendarmes just happened to be driving past.

Probably the thought of how much paperwork it would require to report an Englishman driving a JCB, pulling half a truck registered in Luxembourg, followed by the other half of the truck driven by a German who couldn't speak the language, saved everyone all sorts of driving infringements. laugh.gif
So what do you think today will bring!!!!!!!!!!! wink.gif cool.gif

#2 Petals


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Posted 11 January 2007 - 01:26 PM

Oh Caroline! And I thought life had settled and everything was progressing
well in France!

I shall look at the pictures although your description is enough! What to say?

Come to London for a break? Well, there is not much I can say! Only
that tomorrow is another day and you have been through hell and high water
before and come out smelling of roses!

Sooooooooooo, try not to get too stressed out. And if I say C'est la vie....
you are entitled to scream at me and I am sure I will hear you way over the
roof tops in London!


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Posted 11 January 2007 - 05:30 PM

ohmy.gif All that in 24 hours ? Oh, come on , Caroline, couldn't you fit in another couple of disasters? sad.gif

Sounds terrible, but that's 'renovations' for you! However, yours seems to be on a rather 'grand scale' ! ohmy.gif

Take care, have a few drinks and pass out. Maybe when you wake up, the men will have taken care of everything and the nightmare will be over . . . . yeah - wishful thinking! unsure.gif

My mother recently went through 18 months of pure hell with her house renovations. I won't go into it though - much too stressful. I almost had to enter myself into a psychiatric hospital as it drove ME nuts, and I don't even live there! Just listening to it every day made me want to go and strangle someone just to relieve the anger! mad.gif

In the interim, we had a birth, a funeral and she had a major operation (and couldn't even enter her home to recuperate as there were workmen in her house everyday !)

Anyway, it's over now, so on to the next project ! cool.gif

So Caroline, you have my complete commiserations as I know life can be made to be a living HELL by any type of building.




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Posted 14 January 2007 - 02:54 AM

Sometimes I just look up and ask "WHY ME" mad.gif huh.gif

Take a look at the latest photo - I doubt we need to worry about Air Conditioning this summer laugh.gif rolleyes.gif

Oh well the plans are ready to be filed for the "garage" we now have to build, in the meantime perhaps I could ask you all to pray that the rest doesn't tumble while we are still living inside!!!!!! unsure.gif ohmy.gif

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 06:42 AM

Oh, Caroline, that picture says it all. I guess the up side is no one was hurt. Now, if you just have 1 more disastrous thing happen you could possibly have a world record. blink.gif

You could tell people it's a new modern, airy design, very contemporary.

I hope you have another place to live while the repairs are completed. Best of luck, in fact, ALL the luck to you.


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Posted 14 January 2007 - 08:47 PM

At least you know you can't have another day as bad as that one. It can only get better.
When it's all built, you will have stories to tell!

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 11:52 AM

Well Caroline you don't do things by halves do you. Those pics put my 'disaster' into perspective. The bad weather a few weeks ago downed a tree in our front garden. It just missed my son who had just walked past it but it landed on my daughters car! Luckily, the smaller branches took most of the weight of the trunk off the car so it has some dents, scratches and a broken windscreen but it is driveable (once the windscreen was replaced). It seems so strange not to have it there. I look out of my bedroom window and can see all the wayup the street now. Oh well maybe now I can widen the driveway! It's an ill wind laugh.gif as they say.

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