They have now started on the tailrace (where the water is put back into the Donich). This is right behind our garden, but luckily for us, several hundred meters away from the house.
This afternoon I could see (and hear) the JCB at work removing some huge boulders from the bank preparatory to digging the tunnel for the pipe. They seem to be way out of schedule for this as the tailrace wasn’t supposed to happen for several months – but I suppose like all project plans this one is subject to revision once it gets started. Personally I would rather they just finished it as soon as possible so I am actually pleased this part has started before the (hopefully) nice weather does.