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hutch0
Date: 2007-11-25 01:06
Subject: the poles have arrived
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
Music:brand x
Those villagers who have suffered with me through the construction of the Bedroom (and the Utility Room, and the Bathroom) In The Sky will know that for most of this year our home has been the stamping-ground of various groups of builders, plumbers, electricians and so on, but apart from the lad who tiled the bathroom we've seen nothing of the fabled hordes of Polish tradesmen who have recently arrived in Britain, and to be honest I was rather disappointed, considering.
No more. The front steps of our house were a death-trap, particularly in Winter when snow and frost made them very difficult to negotiate. Ever since the scaffolding came down we've been trying to get somebody in to fix them, but either English builders didn't turn out to look at them and give us an estimate, or they looked at them, went away, and we never heard from them again.
I'm not sure how she did it, but Bogna hooked up with a bunch of Polish lads to hang some radiators and fix the holes in the roof left by the previous builders, and she asked them to look at the steps. They looked, they sniffed, they said, "We fix."
And fix they have. They arrived on Tuesday and destroyed the old steps, and ever since they've been building new ones. There is still much work to do, but I have never met people who were so wise in the ways of concrete. Down by the gate, where once were encaustic tiles and one day will be again, there's just a patch of concrete. This, apparently, must cure for at least another four weeks before it can be tiled. We can't use the new steps for another week, otherwise it will destroy their work.
Next door had their steps and tiling done a couple of years ago and it took about a week. I think we're in the hands of proper artisans and I'm properly impressed. They're quick, they're not enormously obtrusive, they don't speak English very well but that's no problem, and they are very very good and they understand what they're doing in a way English tradesmen often seem not to. I have their number, if anyone in North London needs them.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-11-25 18:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Ever since the scaffolding came down"

Surely, then, your heading should be "the poles have gone"?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-25 21:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, all right. `The Poles Have Gone But Now Some More Poles Are Here.'
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pds_lit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2007-11-26 00:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Pictures please!!!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-26 22:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not taking piccies of the steps because I'll feel like a fool, but I never finished the Tale Of The Bedroom In The Sky, and I'll post some pics of that soon.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2007-11-26 22:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Arthur
Now why in the world would you feel foolish taking a pics of your own steps?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-26 22:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's just something...foolish about it. And I'm English. We don't do that kind of thing. But *sigh* if you want...
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-11-27 04:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Isn't craftmanship a beautiful thing? :D That's why I can't understand why anyone our political fools are trying to put a Berlin Wall at our southern border. We should make citizenship (and the resulting taxpaying) as easy as possible. Everybody benefits.
Hugs,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-27 22:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I agree. I love to see good work done by people who are good at it.

On the down-side, we've had a crack in one of the walls of our kitchen for a while now. I put it down to the house settling (we're on a hill and there are lots of trees and there's been lots of building work in the house) but Bogna took a photograph and showed it to her cousin's husband, who is one of the preeminent structural engineers in that part of Poland. And guess what? The wall has to come down and be built up with a reinforced steel joist somewhere in the mixture. And here the very last wisps of my sanity go flying out of the window.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-11-29 05:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sending hugs because that's about all I can do in a case like this. Hoping it proves less of a trial than you fear. Big consoling hugs, Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-29 21:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bless you. But it's going to be awful. This bloody thing will never end. Sometimes I think life is just a long walk in uncomfortable shoes.
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jmward14: shoe1
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-11-30 03:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:shoe1
*nods* That's why women live longer. We train ourselves to wear high heels from an early age. It's our way of building an immunity. ;-)
Hugs and commiseration,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-30 21:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bless you. But I'm not getting into heels at my time of life. ;-)

Big Hugs.
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Date: 2008-05-03 07:22 (UTC)
Subject: hello
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-03 20:49 (UTC)
Subject: Re: hello
And hello to you too, oddly-accented stranger. And how are things in the Dales these days?
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