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Friday, 29 December 2017

Tales of the Unexpected

After taking a few days leave of absence, it was wonderful yesterday to find that my Guardian Angel came back from wherever she's been and made a huge contribution to sorting out the disruption in the Force which has marred our Christmas holidays.

Unexpected #1:   A phone call which Management made on Wednesday was returned, and at lunchtime a lovely chap arrived to investigate our lack of heating.  Stuart is a thoroughly decent man (and it helps that he's as mad into motorbikes as Management) and it didn't take him long to diagnose a split heat exchanger in the boiler.  He also found all sorts of crap and crud in the boiler that should not be there which confirmed Andrew has not been servicing it properly .... but we'd already worked that out.



What was staggering is that Stuart (who is definitely now our new plumber) left at 2.00pm with promises to phone Worcester Bosch because the boiler has a ten year warranty - at 2.25pm he phoned to say "I've been in touch, there's a new part on its way which should be with you tomorrow or Saturday, let me know when it arrives and I will come as soon as I can to fix it".

Unexpected #2:   Once we'd got over the shock of actually making some progress in restoring heating to the house I toddled off to the sewing machine where something Timey-Wimey in the manner of the Tenth (and best ever) Doctor*  happened.  Despite being convinced that Trip Around the World quilts take absolutely forever to piece I had all the major sections of this top finished before supper.



The jury is still considering which layout to settle upon which is why I have not yet sewn the whole thing together, but I have had so much fun that I am off to consider fabrics for another one! 




*  Sorry, will brook no argument on this one.  David Tennant rules :)








16 comments:

  1. No argument from me on the Dr Who front. ... There has been only one for me. ..David Tennant and no one else!

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    1. {{giggle}}, see, you are not just a brilliant artist, but very clever too!

      Just caught the end of the first Matt Smith episode when I turned the telly on to catch up with some news - uuuukkkk, turned it off in disgust :)

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  2. Sounds like you've got yourselves a good plumber there, I'm glad your heating is well on the way to being fixed.

    I must admit you've got more patience than me with this quilting thing, I wouldn't know where to start. I love the purple, lilac and white one on your previous post, it's gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, fingers crossed with the boiler. We’re getting fed up with this.

      Quilt making doesn’t take patience - if it is something you love then it’s not an effort. Glad you liked the ‘original’ TATW, it was made for someone very special.

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  3. Love the quilt, green and lilac look great together.

    A good plumber is a wonderful thing.

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    1. Thanks m’dear, always appreciate your visits and comments :)

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  4. I'm with you on David Tennant, followed closely by Matt Smith.

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    1. Sorry Marlene, but I found Matt Smith incredibly tiresome and thought the only good thing about his time as Doctor was Alex Kingston. Wouldn’t that have been a delicious twist if she was the next Doctor? I can’t warm to the idea of Jodie Wotsit and suspect she only got the part because she worked with Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch

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  5. We were expecting our boiler to play up as it often chaises a cold period to pack in. The last time an ex pupil came to attend to ot so we received five star treatment.

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  6. Good news that your boiler is on the way to working again for you. The new plumber is definitely a keeper :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, the replacement part arrived today, fingers crossed we will see the plumber before another Bank Holiday passes . . . Whilst we’re both putting on a brave face, this is getting very tiresome :-(

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  7. Finding good tradesmen isn't easy these days, but you can be lucky at times. Hope it is all sorted soon. Can't send any heat this morning as it cooled down considerably over night & there is a cold southerly blowing & we also had rain late yesterday evening. The quilt will look good whichever way you set it and I enjoy the process from designing, cutting, sewing, quilting & finally hand sewing the binding, then look at it and think 'I made that'. Better than doing nothing much any day. I've only ever watched Dr.Who once, a loooooooooong time ago & didn't enjoy, so can't comment on that. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan, the boiler will be fixed as soon as it is fixed. I cannot be fixed any sooner . . .

      Sorry you don't enjoy Dr Who, but I have been delighted to see how many of the lovely girls who visit and comment here share my opinion of David Tennant!

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  8. I'm so glad you're all sorted on the boiler front. I can sympathise as you well know.
    Another vote for the Tennant here too. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, I know you understand the boiler issue! I think we are better off than you were in that we have a hot water tank which can be heated by immersion. I know you said Lily was having washes in front of the fire - I suspect the novelty of that wore off remarkably quickly.

      Welcome to the DT Dr Who appreciation coffee club!

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