Sunday, June 6, 2010

S*** Happens

So it's been a whole week since we last posted. Things are moving along, but still slow. We now have the concrete "sous-oeuvre" starting to go up around the walls of the basement. This has also involved power washing the walls, so it's extremely wet and muddy. However, this gives me a good excuse to look fabulous in my welly boots! Some good news is that my doggie is now home and we've found a daycare for him very close by (so he won't be freaked out by the noise and cowering in the bath).

Now things were coming along nicely when Marc needed to come home a little earlier from work than usual. The workmen were cursing like workmen and there was a great deal of banging. Marc escaped the house for his evening event (prize giving for his daughter's school - proud dad!). Now I wasn't home from work until Marc also returned for the evening. Marc heard a lot of water gushing below us and went to investigate... if only it was just water... the sewage pipe had broken apart. EWWWWW! (How on earth the workmen didn't notice or didn't care is beyond me. Not impressed. **** **** ****)

It did get fixed first thing in the morning, although we'd not flushed and were leaving the plug in the bath while we showered. I should note that the sewage pipe is only in a temporary location and was moved there a few weeks ago. However it seems that the "fix" was a little too temporary. While running the washing machine this afternoon, there was a HUGE bang. Everyone in the house jumped out of the their skins. Then after we realised that the house was still there, Marc ventured down to the basement. This time an entire section of sewage pipe had come away, then while trying to fix that, another joint came away. Fun fun!

Marc and I spent the next long while in rubber gloves and boots, holding our breath... Fortunately it seemed to be washing day for everyone in the triplex, but putting all the pipe back together was no easy task. (French: **** **** ****!) We've also secured it from the ceiling in a lot more places now. But I can only hope it holds until we need to replace it with the long-term solution.

On an entirely different note and to say a little thank-you to Marc's brother and his family for taking care of our furry boy, last night we tried the "apportez votre vin" resto "La Raclette". The fondue was amazing!

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