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{ Monthly Archives } September 2012

Not totally convinced…..

Well, the porch is definitely better than it was, but I’m not totally convinced it’s fixed. There was a definite dubious damp patch on Friday morning after the overnight rain. Trouble is, I’ve not actually been around to catch it dripping, so it’s hard to be positive about where the leak is occurring. I think […]

Communicating with Post-It Notes

I know it’s a bit precious of me to be complaining about a leaking porch roof when there are people elsewhere in the country being flooded out of their homes by the first major storm of this autumn. But on the other hand I did try to pre-empt the issue by paying rather a lot […]

It’s pouring with rain….

…..and my porch roof is still leaking. I’m going to have to phone the builders tomorrow morning and get them to have yet another go at fixing it. Not happy……..

Hidden Londinium

The bid has now been submitted to the customer, and I’ve had a badly-needed breathing space before we get on contract and the fun and games really start. So I took advantage of the lull in activity to visit my parents for a long weekend. On Monday my father and I spent a day on […]

Ten workmen-free days?

…..You must be joking! I had three burly workmen around earlier this week to install a new kitchen window. Admittedly, I probably wouldn’t have commissioned it if I had known that my chimney needs repointing and releading before winter, which is going to be a fairly big job next month. However, by the time I […]

More internet hassles

Christopher bought web-hosting and email from, who host this blog. To make life interesting, that’s completely separate from the organisation from whom he bought the icyjumbo domain name, which is 1and1. I don’t know why he did it that way – he did explain but it made no sense to me at the time. […]

Blitzing the garden

Our friends Carol and Mark visited me for the day today, to implement the next tranche of Carol’s plan for a GroundForce-style makeover of my garden, though thankfully without the “water feature” which always seemed to be a compulsory feature of that programme! Chris and I had the water feature (a waterfall into a shallow […]

Decision Time

I’ve been faced with a very difficult decision which has been looming over me for a while now. I’ve had an agreement with my boss and HR to work on a temporary part-time basis ever since Chris was diagnosed. I get tired far too easily, and that’s been the only way I’ve been able to […]

An afternoon concert

After the stress and hassle of having workmen around mending my roof for the second time of asking, plus making the additional unwelcome discovery that my washing machine had leaked all over the kitchen floor, I decided I needed to do something to cheer myself up.  I had spotted in the local paper that there […]

Still leaking

I had hoped that the leaking porch roof and blocked down pipe had been fixed the other week. But then a huge thunderstorm hit Malvern just before the Bank Holiday weekend, complete with torrential rain, and it became clear that I still had a problem. The two original leaks in the porch roof had indeed […]