Generally I am inclined to support the unconventional and wild, but neighbours, Kay and Steve, seem unable or unwilling to make a secure place for their 'Black Sheep'.
Today is the third time I have had to chase them off and the response from their 'owners' is not very helpful nor forthcoming in making any permanently effective resolution.
I managed to catch one with a young cabbage in its mouth, which it dropped on me shouting at it.
I do not want Kay and Steve to foster the idea that I will tolerate the sheep incursions. I am neither happy to chase them off nor to chase them about and round them up.
Consequently I've written to Kay and Steve asking them to make defined plans to prevent further problems and to be prepared to make reparations in future.
28th May 00:58 Have emailed Michal and Steve to check the letter.
29th May 15.40 Steve is ok with the draft letter so must chase up Michal
3rd June 12:10 Michal has agreed to the letter as is, so will tidy it up and get a print off.
13rd June 08:52 Vera has just come to report the sheep are out and about again -:- Later said she had talked to Kay who said 'they' may get rid of the two males as they were the trouble, the females don't escape, asif.
Sure I didn't have to give him or her a name.
I found 'my' first hedgehog on the land around midnight 27/28th June. He was just down from triangle field entrance, sat in the right-hand tyre track as you descend the path.
Worried that someone in a late travelling vehicle could do a number on it, I carried it down to my compost heap. I'm a bit concerned that I took it some 100 yards from its 'home' but I was a bit excited which played into my possessive nature.
So I have a hedgehog; how cool is that?
Jan 8th 2015 Haven't seen one since, anywhere!
March 16th 2009 The final hearing results were that the claim was dismissed. The judge did overturn Judge Griggs' view that there was no contract, which means that the claim was valid and I can ask for expenses.
- Stop using the water. Already sorted
- Remove the extension. Bad wording on my part. The judge pointed out that the contract only required that they disconnect their extension, not remove it. He decided that it would not be in neighbourly interests to do more as the pipe was shortened, capped and buried. I think he actually said, given May Gurney's quote of some £1200 that it wasn't financial prudent to expect them to do more.
- Pay £60 for excess waterJudge pointed out that I didn't provide any evidence of the water use. Although I did have at the hearing they should have been provided at the start of the claim.
- Was awarded the £70 cost for getting the police incident reports. Judge went o great lengths to explain to the Townsend's that their attempts to colour me were inappropriate and a waste of time.
January 8th 2009 Have a directions hearing at 11:05 Monday 12th.
Yesterday I drained the water from the pipe in anticipation of Craig Townsend working on capping 'his' extension. The amount of water I extracted from the tap before it emptied was about 45lt, not the best part of 400lt as I was expecting, suggesting that any leak is just before the pipe enters our land proper.
Obvious places of concern are a) where the pipe goes under the track and b) the extension and t-junction just before it leaves the Townsend property.
Today at approx 11am I was invited to see the capping, that Craig did to the Townsend's extension, outside the shed. From what I could tell the work was tidy and there was no leak on first inspection.
I was hoping to ensure he covered it over properly, but he left to get sand and didn't want me to stay on the land. I returned, but Craig told me the sand had been laid and wouldn't allow for me to measure the position of the pipe nor its angle towards the mains, from which would I could have estimated of the position of the junction.
On the water leakage
By time I had turned the tap off some of the recorded 419.8 litres were lost or stored (328.0572 - 327.6379). However the fact remains that the pipeline is full and if it isn't used for a few weeks or a month I may be able to estimate the position of the leak.