Posted: 22/08/2017 at 11:00
Post away Dacha ... that's part of what we're here for ... giving purpose to waiting in queues
Didn't watch the new BakeOff ... I was tucked up in bed ... I like Prue Leith but not sure if she's an appropriate Mary Berry replacement .... but I can't stand Paul Hollywood nowadays ... I used to like him but as BakeOff grew he seemed to believe his own publicity, and the twinkle in his eye was replaced with a rather unpleasant leer However I'm a big fan of Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, so I'll give it a look to see how they're handling it.
All went fairly smoothly yesterday ... but it is a bit complicated as the new place won't be vacant until the end of the month so furniture and most belongings had to be stored in a stable at the new place and son and cat will be houseboat sitting for friends as from Friday ... in the meantime son is kipping on a mattress on the floor and as he's working this week setting up a local music festival he'll be ok living out of his car during the daytime ... hope the cat adjusts to two new homes in quick succession.
The only blip occurred this morning ... over the years son has accumulated a load of tatt and stuff from the old business which needed to be junked, plus stuff that his ex left behind and didn't want ... so he got a small skip delivered about a month ago and filled it ... it was collected and another skip delivered which we finished filling yesterday. Rather than over-fill it when son junks the mattress on Friday, we phoned the skip company and asked them to collect the second one yesterday and bring a third to be collected on Friday pm. I reminded them that the access road was narrow but that there was plenty of room in the yard. No problem, we've done it twice before, was the reply.
By the time OH and I were ready to leave yesterday the skip hadn't arrived but they've always been reliable in the past so we weren't concerned. As I dropped son's 'Gofer lad' off at his home a skip lorry from the right company trundled past us so we did a loop and went back to the house in case we could help by asking neighbours to move cars to allow the lorry to turn into the yard ...but no lorry appeared although we waited quite a while ... then we gave up and presumed it wasn't 'our lorry'.
This morning I had a phone call from another company which apparently took over the original skip company yesterday and he said that the driver couldn't collect the skip as it had been pushed back manually ... there was no way he could get at it I asked if he was suggesting that I, a 65 year old woman with a gammy knee, dodgy shoulder and a recently broken foot, had pushed a skip across a yard??? I explained that the skip to be collected was in exactly the same place as the skip that was collected last time and then said that we had been there awaiting the lorry and that the driver was lying as he didn't even drive up the lane.
I checked with son and rang back and gave them a description of the driver and lorry who had delivered and collected skips from that address in the past.
I then had an apology ... when the boss confronted the driver which what I'd said he admitted that he'd never even driven up the lane ... he'd known it was narrow and he'd have to ask people to move cars and he didn't bother!!! He'd lied and said that we'd moved the skip
Posted: 22/08/2017 at 10:24
We had a winter of low rainfall and a dry spring and early summer ... if it was nearing its end that will have hastened it. Sad. but every loss is a new planting opportunity ... spend some time and enjoy choosing the next 'owl perch'
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