Brian and I spent most of yesterday working on making the garage waterproof. Most of this was B on the roof, recementing, putting down some more lead flashing, adding bitumen etc. However I emptied lots of the garage and we discovered there were no leaks from the washing machine or associated pipes. The soakaway seems to soakaway when the hose is running into it. Our assumption is that it is coming in under the garage door, so we have put bricks in the way and are thinking of putting a different door - a waterproof one - on.
The ultrasonic rat repeller - powered by battery - arrived on Friday so it is now in the attic, and I hope it will repel the furry little pests.
Ratatouille is on the tv as I write this - rats, hmm, the idea of a hero rat is not high up my list of favourite things at the moment.