As I said the good thing to come out of all this was getting to know my neighbough, I returned his chain block and was promptly invited into the house to share a bottle of wine. Bottles of wine seem to get drunk over here just like having a tea of coffee but I can live with it :)
on a separate note I was chatting on a forum I belong to, with a friend who is going to visit in the Summer, he happened to say " watch out for the youdig when you are out walking" I had to ask him what a "Youdig" was and apparently it is local folklore for a peaty bog or marsh with evil spirits. As I am certain he has never read my blog up to now I thought it was very apt.
As I now didn't have to buy a winch, I used the money to buy myself a new sawhorse for my logs, a big improvement on the old wooded one that I had inherited from the previous owners.