Thursday, October 21, 2010

Three for Thursday: This Is Not MY Mess!

When Otahal and I returned to Wit's End yesterday with our truckload of plants, we were greeted by the sight of three trucks from the utility district parked near my house and a group of men milling about, pointing at the ground by the curb and talking animatedly.  That's never a good sign.  I was informed that there were breaks in pipe joints somewhere under my grassy area and I could expect them to start digging in the morning.  And so they have.

The moss rocks that were so carefully cut and placed back in April to create the edging on the back side of the corner bed  ... the loose bull rock and weedblock fabric so expertly laid to create a drainage swale ... and a huge amount of soil ... all have been shifted so holes could be dug to find and repair the leaks. 


This is one of two large holes (more may follow) and as you can see, there is indeed a leak. The picture doesn't adequately convey the depth of that hole; it's at least six feet. I kept a careful distance from it because falling in would not be pleasant.

I'm grateful that the leaks weren't somewhere under valuable garden space but I'm still bummed about the mess out front. It could end up being a good thing that the work is being done while Otahal and crew are here. We shall see.

12 comments:

Leslie said...

I'd be taking deep breaths and trying to stay calm...hope it all works out OK!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

That's a major bummer. Men with big equipment is never good. You have a good attitude, though.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Hell, I'm taking deep breaths and trying to keep calm, and it's not my garden. No wonder the puppies are crying.~~Dee

fairegarden said...

I am crying for you, Cindy! Waaaaa! Thinking about the perfectly stacked rocks was what sunk my boat! But it will all end up okay, maybe even better, who knows? :-)
Frances

Kathy said...

I seriously doubt they will put everything back the way they found it, and I know they won't reimburse you for the damage, either. Six feet down, yikes!

meemsnyc said...

Oh my goodness! I hope they fix that leak and quick!

Carol said...

Goodness gracious. Shocking! I hope all of it gets put back together for you!

Rebecca said...

What an unpleasant invasion into your serenity! I hope the scars are erased by fresh growth next spring.

Elizabeth Barrow said...

Oh Cindy! I'll keep a happy thought for you. By any chance, was there any sort of renovation you were planning on that area anyway? May they be out of your hair soon!

Cindy, MCOK said...

It's a nightmare. I can hear them out there right now and the noises are not encouraging. I'll be posting sometime today to show how much worse it got as the day progressed yesterday!

Annie in Austin said...

Oh, Cindy - what a mess! I hope there's a happy ending one of these days. (Having a flashback to the day the underground phone line had to be dug up and redone.)

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Gail said...

Yes it's a good thing that Otahal and crew were there to clean up after a city crew goes through! A day later how was it? gail