Life on Chickpeas farm continues to be busy, exhausting and wonderful. We have been here a whole month, I can't believe it! We still have bedrooms full of boxes that haven't been touched, the third bedroom where the grandchildren will sleep and the box room which will be my craft room. Our son is having an operation on Friday so will be coming over to stay for a few days while he recovers. We are not exactly ready for guests, the room he will be staying in has peeling paint and a channel dug out of the wall, (not sure the purpose of it) but is reasonably clear of boxes. The main bathroom had a cracked cistern which leaked all over the grotty carpet on the floor and through the ceiling downstairs, and a cracked seat (as did the downstairs loo). The first thing I did was change all the loo seats, I'm a bit fussy like that :)
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The whole bathroom will be ripped out and replaced in the future but other jobs take priority now so we have tracked down a replacement cistern which should have turned up today but hasn't. So he may have to stay in our room with the working toilet but shower cubicle with the door hanging off. I did say we had taken on 'a project' didn't I?
The gas boiler should have been serviced today but he didn't turn up, not even a phone call and after ringing several tree surgeons none have got back to me. I have had to chase the council about our recycling twice now as they don't bother to come out here. We are still waiting to hear back from several other 'services' as well......are you starting to get the picture? What is wrong with people, they could at least ring to say they can't make it or are too busy to take on more work. Even the doctor in the surgery was downright rude, we were discussing my blood pressure and I said that I knew I needed to lose weight, she said well it's not difficult just eat less. No shit Sherlock as the youngsters say, I would never have guessed that. True, but not very helpful.
The good things this week have been getting my books out of boxes, thank goodness for cheap and cheerful Billy Bookcases. Yes I should have waited until I painted the lounge but I missed having my books around me, is it just me or do other people love looking at their books on the shelves. I really enjoyed getting them out and arranging them on the shelves.....yes I am sad like that.
I rang Home Farmer magazine to update my address and Paul the editor answered the phone and was absolutely lovely. Wishing me well in our new home and discussing the magazine. Now that's what I call good service.
I also went to see an exhibition in a container called The Aftermath Dislocation Principle which has been touring the country. I loved it, brilliant idea and very cleverly done. Passersby were wondering what the hell was going on as they saw people peering into a graffiti covered shipping container. It's Art darlings :)
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I also shook my booty to an amazing band called the Broken Brass Ensemble who had the whole audience at one stage crouched on the floor ready to leap into the air (yes I did have a momentary panic thinking I'll never get up again) I really really needed a night out to let my hair down!
Anyway, more news soon on all things jam and grapes, I'll leave you with a little clip of Saturdays shenanigans.