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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A Mish-mash






Stand-off on the bridge
The tanker, our sewage tanker, broke down just as it was about to cross the narrow bridge.  For a car to pass it needed about another metre of space.  What to do.  Everyone got out and pushed the tanker back a few metres.  I was surprised the tanker was so easy to move.  It must have been empty of its malodorous effluent



We have an official flag pole flying the blue and white greek flag and the black flag with the silver fern leaf which should be the official New Zealand flag.




Residents on this road are getting their water metres moved to a spot just outside their gates.  At the moment the water metres are at the top of the road and there is always an argument with the municipality when a leak occurs between the metre and the house as to who pays the bill.  There are about 50 metres of pipe going down the road and our piping  has sprung a leak 3 times since we moved in.  The bill for the last leak was 400 euros.  A very angry K protested vehemently to everyone concerned (or not), saying the pipes down the roadside were not his concern.   Thankfully the council paid in the end. 

This ditch was dug a week ago.  The road was measured for piping twice and today the piping arrived.  Maybe tomorrow they'll put the pipes into the ditch and cover it over . And then we will await the new metres and their installation.


The workers supervising the digging of the trench, by a big yellow digger, were friends so they dropped in for coffee, a glass of water and chat about the numbers of fish not being caught this summer.

Next day.  They did return.  While the labourers dig holes the bosses sit and keep K company.  The conversation over coffee is once again fishing.  When these men are not fishing they are talking about fishing or watching fishing videos on Youtube 


Short macaroni and octopus on the menu



The cicadas started their summer song a few days ago.  There are still only a few of them.  It is not yet a deafening chorus from sun-up to sun-down


And this little chap has started chirping in the night.  It's a cricket, not a cockroach.










12 comments:

  1. I am so glad that truck just broke down. And did not have an accident there! Think of the smell, empty or not. If it was hit.

    Good for people, get out and push. Do what's needed, themselves.

    Oh my, the digging of trenches for such stuff. That was going on, here, last fall, for gas lines. It makes a mess.

    Love how the men are totally besotted, with fishing!!!!!!

    Only had octopus once, and it was not cooked properly. Like pieces of rubber. And I'm sure, it's not supposed to be, that way.

    Have a lovely day!!!

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    1. Octopus can be very tough. It needs to be beaten to break down its fibres and then slowly stewed.

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  2. I may sound weird but, I love the the singing of cicadas and crickets ...anyday that to the zzzz of mosquitoes!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Those mosquitoes drive us mad at the moment with their zzz in your ear. I like the sound of crickets at night but the cicadas can be very very loud during the heat of the day.

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  3. Cicadas sound ok during the day but they continue into the night here sometime and start really early. So trying to sleep isn’t easy
    But it is the sound of summer
    I love octopus in macaroni. Actually I love octopus however lol
    It’s greqt they are finally getting the pipes organised. Your water bills should be lots mor accurate now

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    1. I eat octopus but it's not my favourite. I prefer it stewed in tomatoes or just boiled and then dressed with oil and vinegar

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  4. I also like the sound of cicadas. When I was little I always thought it sounded like someone was flying a remote control airplane. -Jenn

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    1. Cicadas are so loud in midsummer and they seem to an army of them. I do get used to their sound it can be annoying. They are ok at the monet, the army is still marching into position!!

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  5. I must agree with you about the NZ flag; it's about time the Union flag was taken off (the same with Oz), and replaced by your fernleaf.

    No Cicadas here yet; they'd need coats.

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    1. Wh NZ didn't change it's flag I cannot understand. The silver fern really makes it different from Australia and is a national emblem anyway

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  6. Ha ha! Cro's comment, cicadas would need coats!
    x

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