At lunchtime yesterday, a workman started blocking off the end of the road with cones, and diverting traffic. About half an hour later, there was a terrible noise, as heavy trucks began driving up and down slowly. The whole house seemed to rumble. Tim had to cancel his piano lesson as he could hardly hear himself think.
We wondered if the council was finally putting in mains drainage. It was supposed to happen everywhere before Cyprus entered Europe, or at least soon after. I suppose it's only two years since EU entry; gradually streets are being dug up, and mains sewerage pipes laid.
It wasn't long before we realised it was a simple re-surfacing job today, however. The road surfaces do get a lot of damage, with heavy lorries driving around, and the sun in summer doesn't do any good. They never seem to be very well laid anyway. The trucks today just seemed to skim the current surface, pour out more gravel, and smooth it down.
As Richard pointed out, having a new surface means it's almost inevitable that within the next six months there WILL be mains drainage installed here, making today's effort entirely wasted. What's more, since we hope to have moved by then, we won't even benefit!
Have we become too cynical?? No, but experience shows that's what usually happens. This IS Cyprus, after all...