Once upon a time some nice Water Co' people dug lots of trenches, into which they laid big black plastic pipes. They filled in the holes and went away.
Then they came back again, dug more holes, and attached a few cast-iron bits and pieces that sat on the surface. Again they filled in the holes.
The following day they came back again, dug more holes, placed a huge round concrete inspection hole thing in one of them, cemented it in, filled around the new hole, and went away yet again.
The following day they were back again. They dug up the concrete inspection thingy, dug another hole by its side, put it all back, and filled in again.
Yes, you're right. They were back again the following day to dig up their original hole by the red/white barriers (top of photo), and seemed happy with their work. This was yesterday; Wednesday.
Overnight we had a storm with plenty of thunder, lightning, and rain. The rain has, of course, swept away much of their hole fillings, and the track between Haddock's and Haddock's Paddock has all but disappeared.
Two men have just arrived this morning. They looked at all the mess, despaired, then threatened to dig another hole in our lawn again, as they did back in July.
I have just phoned a local 'councillor', and with any luck he'll be here this afternoon to see what's going on. I feel as if I'm on Candid Camera.