Disappearing Trick


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Did you know that builders are magic? They do an amazing disappearing act when you’re not there and living two hours away from our ‘work in progress’ it would take telepathy or a spy camera to know whether they were on site and what exactly they were up to!

A fortnight before Christmas we walked into the cottage expecting to see radical change – it was not to be. Our dreams of being in for New Year’s Eve – a little present to ourselves for all our hard work – flew out of the window as we walked in the door.

Not one room was complete. This made decorating a near impossibility…it’s difficult to apply the finishing touches when there’s dust and debris all around you, walls still unplastered, bathroom fitments unfitted – oh, and heating that hadn’t been wired up for switch on.

When ‘The Great Geraldo’ and ‘Harry Houdini’ walked in one afternoon (at 3pm) they advised us that the six week layoff for the sole plate repairs meant they now had other work to attend to. The fact that our specialist timbermen had got their job done and dusted within three weeks seemed to have escaped their notice.

Our pre-Christmas visit did however involve some festive spirit…quite a lot of it actually. When we attended the coffee morning fundraiser for the school a few weeks before, we’d bought tickets for the Wyldian Ball at the Cedar Hall.

What a fabulous night! Live bands, mulled wine, nibbles, hot turkey bap and Black Forest trifle all for a fiver! It was lovely to spend some time with the friends that we have made in the last few months the following night we attended the carol service at St Mary’s which rounded off the weekend perfectly.

We will see what the New Year brings. I hope that when the work is completed I’ll be able to wave a magic wand and “zap” the builders will be gone in a puff of smoke!

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