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    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!!!!!!!!! /blink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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. /rolleyes.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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!!!!!! /smile.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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???? /wink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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. /tongue.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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!!!! /sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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. /ph34r.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ph34r.gif’ />

    Thankfully Kate got her car out of the ditch just in time for Paul to get past safely – phewwwww!!!!!!!! /huh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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. /wink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’wink.gif’ /> Petals

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    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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    <img src='style_emoticons//ohmy.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ohmy.gif’ /> All that in 24 hours ? Oh, come on , Caroline, couldn't you fit in another couple of disasters? <img src='style_emoticons//sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’sad.gif’ />

    Sounds terrible, but that's 'renovations' for you! However, yours seems to be on a rather 'grand scale' ! <img src='style_emoticons//ohmy.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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! <img src='style_emoticons//unsure.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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! <img src='style_emoticons//mad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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 ! <img src='style_emoticons//cool.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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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    Sometimes I just look up and ask “WHY ME” <img src='style_emoticons//mad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’mad.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//huh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’huh.gif’ />

    Take a look at the latest photo – I doubt we need to worry about Air Conditioning this summer <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//rolleyes.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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!!!!!! <img src='style_emoticons//unsure.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’unsure.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//ohmy.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ohmy.gif’ />

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    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. <img src='style_emoticons//blink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’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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    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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    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 <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> as they say.

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