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Just 36 tradesman-free hours later

Although I’m very pleased with the work the builders have done, it was such a good feeling when they had finished. I was looking forward to having the house (and garden) to myself without tripping over builders. But my life at the moment really does seem to be a case of two steps forward and one back…..

I was tidying up the kitchen after dinner tonight when I noticed a puddle on the kitchen floor. I traced back the puddle to what I think is its source, and it looks like the pipework hidden in one of the cupboards has sprung a leak. And, judging by how sodden the stuff in the cupboard is, it might have been leaking for quite a while. Fortunately, it seems to be more of a persistent ooze than a gush.  I hope I’ve managed to temporarily stem the leak by turning off the valve in the pipe – which assumes that the source of the drip is above the valve not below it.  I think that’s the first time I’ve had to go delving in Christopher’s tool-box, to find a big enough screwdriver.

I’ve had to arrange for a plumber to come out tomorrow morning to fix it, which is extremely annoying. Fortunately, I don’t have any important meetings tomorrow and I can sort out the most critical work stuff on the phone. I’m hoping very much that by the weekend I’ll have a fully-functioning and tradesman-free house once again!

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Tessa Musgrave | 30 September 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    What a mammoth project, it looks beautiful! I’ve been following your blog with admiration since we met on that wonderful holiday cruise in Croatia . Can’t find a way to contact you via this site and am still waiting for Flo’s email with a promised list of passengers’ email addresses which hasn’t yet appeared in the inbox. Apologies for this open note… Hope we keep in touch and can share some holiday snaps.
    Best wishes, Tessa + Lance + Bea (who remembers nothing!!!)

  2. paulD | 1 October 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    yes, an ooze is definitely better than a gush !