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Saturday, 27 July 2019

A day in pictures

Friday was hard and at the end of it we were completely wiped out, but thankful to be in that situation, "first world problems" and all that.  In truth, the entire week has been particularly tiring . . . both emotionally and physically.

Tiring started last weekend with a day trip to Scotland, a 260 mile round trip.  Tuesday and Wednesday mornings were busy with new yoga classes - Tuesday's was physically very tiring and Wednesday's was only slightly less so.  Every afternoon this week has been spent in the garden taking advantage of the superb weather (superb because we never got above 23/24 degrees and did not have to endure the significantly higher temperatures that London and the south were subjected to).  We are both thoroughly out of condition and working outside most of the week has been knackering, but no complains because we have got a lot of maintenance and tidying up done, and the fact that I even had the motivation to get outside was cause for celebration. ðŸŽ‰ ðŸū

On Monday our builder had actually popped in when he said he would, measured up for the external access points and promised to come back on Friday morning.  And he did . . . good grief,  AND the carpenter turned up a couple of hours later as promised.  Even though we weren't doing the work there are endless questions/micro decisions to make, and the overall mess & stress of having trades around.  I've come to the conclusion I hate it, actually, that is not true - I BLOODY hate it.  It is possible that next time anything is done indoors I'm going out/away;  Management won't enjoy having to be in charge of it all but he "owes" me numerous days of supervisory duty for all the years he was slogging down to London whilst I was coping with builders/plumbers/electricians and LP   ðŸ˜

























First undercoat/primer is on, but it's too damp today to do the next coat.  The hatches are secured and covered up until next week.



It has not all been hard work, there are potentially good things happening too but I am not going to tempt fate and talk about it.  I'm putting in a lot of work to overcome/deal with/move on from my depression and starting to see results.  There have been a couple of "lovelies" this week:

An unexpected present from a friend with the best heart - a "real" book, such a joy although I have done no more than dip into it so far.



My view with coffee before the yoga class commences:





14 comments:

  1. It's looking good Jayne. I find any sort of disruption or upheaval difficult to deal with too, so don't be so hard on yourself.
    With a view like that I think I could happily stay put and forget about a yoga class. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, we're really pleased with how it has turned out. I se more and more of us admitting that having this sort of work done is stressful and exhausting.

      I have been driving down to the yoga class earlier than necessary and sitting in Bill having a relaxing coffee beforehand. It makes for a rather lovely outing :)

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  2. I don't think there's anyone who actually enjoys the disruption and upheaval of having work done in and around the house - I wouldn't blame you if you went away next time and let Management manage :)
    A 260-mile round trip to Scotland? - I'm probably way WAY off the mark here but I have a feeling.... I'm afraid yoga holds no attraction for me at all, too slow and too quiet, I much prefer a high-energy aerobics workout or a good gym session :)

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    1. Ha ha, you might not blame me but I know for a fact that Management isn't keen on the idea of me running away and leaving him In Charge of Tradesmen . . . ðŸĨģ ðŸĪŠ

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  3. Dear Jayne
    I agree about the disruption having work done always brings and am always relieved when it's finished. We have to have some roofing improved and some work on the damp proof course which I am not looking forward to at all. You have my sympathy!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks Ellie, at least (I hope) roof and damp course work takes place mainly outside, so I hope yours is not too disruptive.

      What we've had done is ~nothing~ compared to some. Do you read Jessica at rustyduck.net? Oh my goodness, there is a lady made of much sterner stuff than me. But you can see the house will be beyond stunning when they completely finish.

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  4. Ah, knackered but good feeling says it all! Being busy, even in a weird way is good. Like you I'm not sure about having tradesman around, but then that is few & far between with a very good handyman living under the same roof. We've self built 2 houses, a few extensions, sheds, carports & most sundry work as well, so I'm completely spoiled. Oh, & the surprise arrived too.........! Big day today for us, so I'd better get my butt into gear. Take care & huggles.

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    1. You are completely spoilt rotten!

      You have a VERY big day coming up so I hope you can relax a little and enjoy yourself. xx

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  5. Oh Jayne❤️ xxx
    Yes, you definitely need 'you time' so take it and enjoy xxxx
    PS Miss Moss sends a wuff and a wag x❤️

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  6. We had the heat too and really heavy rain and workmen who didn't turn up as expected. What was going to take two days is now over a week of very early rising in order to be ready them to receive a message saying 'not today'!

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    1. Absolutely Sue, it's the getting up early, being ready for an 8.00am onslaught, only to find they've buggered off to an emergency somewhere else . . .

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  7. "I BLOODY hate it."
    Yep.
    And did I spot my particular nemesis, there in the second photo: the Makita boombox builders' radio?

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    1. When either you or I are The Omnipotent Ruler of All, those bloody radio's will be banished.

      This will make you laugh - at one point mid-morning everyone had disappeared for their "bait" (early lunch taken at van) so I slipped out and turned off The Box. Later in the afternoon I heard music and discovered a second one had appeared, thankfully fairly quietly. I suspect they did not realised I'd turned off the first one and assumed it had run out of battery {{evil grin}}

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