Stairs built, Job quit

I can get from the ground to the deck using my newly built stairs, all they need is another coat of paint and a top-rail. The contractors have done a great job – a cheerful crew who have also taken all my old downstairs bathroom fittings.

I don’t know who was more pleased, me to get rid of a garage crammed with a basin, bath and toilet or the guy who can install a free bathroom in his newly built house. Perfect recycling.

Gavin handed in his notice on December 1st in a terrifying, liberating moment. A  long life only comprises 650 000 hours – there’s a  limit to how many of those you want to spend wishing you were doing something  else. He’ll be home by the end of January, we’ll get the downstairs (our) bathroom to a level of basic hygienic functionality, and be ready to house guests sometime in February.

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1 Response to “Stairs built, Job quit”


  1. 1 shoreacres December 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Hoorah! I was a bit worried at first that the contractor had walked off the job before finishing, but not so. And how wonderful that he carted off the excess, too. I’ve got an old tv I’ve been trying to get out of here for ever, and at this point I haven’t even been able to pay someone to do it. Of course, what I’m willing to pay and what a couple of cheeky guys have been willing to ask are two different things. Besides, no one knows it doesn’t work if they don’t try to turn it on.

    That bougainvillea is beautiful. As I recall, one of the ways to get that stuff to bloom is to dry it out a bit – I suppose that makes it lovely for a drought-stricken area. You mentioned your “green drought” – that’s a perfect example.

    “…terrifying, liberating…” Yep. Those often go together. 😉

    You’re right, those bougs love a bit of parching, makes them bloom like crazy. Good news is that we had 40mm of rain yesterday and the garden looks spectacular again.
    More good news is that the contractor phoned after over a week’s absence. He’s coming tomorrow to finish off the job. I was just reaching boiling point at the unfinished bits and pieces – I think builders learn just how long to leave clients stewing during that first week at building school.


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