Arrived on site this morning to find the site locked up as usual but on closer inspection found the garage door already open. Checking carefully it was obvious someone had broken open the door (a yale lock) and ransacked the place taking an almost new chain saw, Stihl hedge trimmer and a few other items.
I immediately reported it to the Police who will send someone over to check for finger prints, but don’t expect much other activity.
I will now have to take more strident action to prevent any further thefts – security lights, deadbolts, camera etc.
Update – PC Cowell, visited us on site and said this was a typical rural crime. Thieves target two stroke equipment as high value mobile items. He suggested I fit security lights and cctv as a detterent.
The basement requires approximately 560 cubic metres of chalk to be dug of which about 200 cubic metres is used as back fill once the basement is complete. So 300 cubic metres is either taken away at great expense or used to level the very sloping garden.
A big day, everything has to leave the house. It will either: –
Go into Storage in Wallingford (Do really need all of this old stuff?)
Move down to the study bedroom I will be living in for the next “six months”(not much room for Sally – my flat coat retriever and me)
Be donated to Sue Ryder (they only want nearly new items).
Freecycled (Items were snapped up within half an hour)
Or collected by the council for disposal (£51.50 to collect two old sofas and a washing machine which needs s subtle kick to encourage it to work!)
Disaster – the removers having told me it will all fit in one container (£60 per month) can’t get it all in. Hire another container for a few items or distribute amongst friends and family (Thank you Angie x)
I will move out of my home on 27th February at the start of the project to build a new “Low energy home”. Not a Passivhaus but using a lot of those technologies. The house will look like a traditional “Arts & Craft” but be built using very modern materials and building methods. Wish me luck!