The electrical issues outside our house seem to have been resolved and due process has now deemed it time to fill the hole in. The "filling in soil and rubble" team did their work yesterday, having deposited a good portion of it on our wall (and in fairness then cleaned it all off at the end). The "putting the tarmac on top" team arrived this morning and have just departed, having completed their work. We now have our pavement back.
Nothing much else to say, except that I did see the following quote, which tickled me:
What happens if a big asteroid hits Earth? Judging from realistic simulations involving a sledge hammer and a common laboratory frog, we can assume it will be pretty bad. Dave Barry