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Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Hodie Christus Natus est

Decades ago, when I was part if a choir, we spent weeks learning how to sing Benjamin Britten's
Ceremony of Carols

To this day, Christmas is associated in my mind with our performance at the Cathedral.

The music and words are most fitting for Christmastime.

Hodie Christus natus est 
Hodie Salvator apparuit: 
Hodie in terra canunt Angeli, 
Laetantur Archangeli: 
Hodie exultant justi, dicentes: 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Alleluja

However, 2018 has been a most unkind year for several people I know.

In Cornwall, November brought news of the demise of Vic's wife.

December brought news of an old friend via a 'round robin' note from her younger daughter. Both daughters live away...Lis in Scotland and Helen in Wales.

In the last year Olwen had two cataract ops which failed meaning that she lost her sight.
Now she's in the care of a local residential home and according to Helen, well cared for.

Then there was a panicky phone-call from another friend age 91. Bert has spent the last year caring for his wife who has been in and out of hospital.

Treatment for on-going heart problems. Followed by admission the Walton hospital where they specialise in neurosurgery. Two brain bleeds later, his wife is still alive but with severe memory impairment.

Next, there's my neighbour...her aunt  (b. 1927) and uncle (b. 1931) are similarly going to and fro home to hospital and so-on...

Neighbour is spending today taking her uncle to visit her aunt in hospital.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

After a certain age...

the medics, opticians, dentists and various hospitals become part of everyday lie.

Today at the opticians it was almost easier to list what's working properly than to list various difficulties.

Hip-replacement op will be required probably age over 70 as the penny-pinching NHS opine that it ought not to be done before that age.

Cataracts have appeared and are developing in not one, but both eyes. Otherwise both eyes are healthy and sight remains appropriate to allow me to drive. Still on two-year callback but with the caveat to come back earlier if I notice significant worsening.

Post-herpetic neuralgia will be with me until the end of days.

Tomorrow's appointment at a different major hospital is to investigate shoulder probs. The 'Jury' is out as to whether there are any fractures, whereabouts and how many are to be determined. However, in due time as in a two and a half week wait for the appt.

Himself is not a 'happy bunny' having had a long wait this morning before I came out of the opticians to be taken back home.

How long the wait might be tomorrow is another unknown factor; as too are the charges for parking at the hospital. Two other hospitals let you have the first half-hour 'free'. Scuse the pun, bit time will tell.

This month also entailed a check-up at the dentists - come back in six months...

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Karma or...

Quote Longfellow
“Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”
We have persisting down rain which is brilliant for water supply purposes and hopefully will prevent the utility company from implementing such controls as a hosepipe ban which was mooted at the start of August.

The 'doomed' property after some 80+ years of careful maintenance is typical of a 1930s dwelling.

In the 1930s  linear development became a common settlement pattern. The dwelling under new ownership was the latest to be built 1932 and it was not until 1934 that the settlement was extended. Behind the dwellings was a farmer's fields. Services to and from the properties were typical of the times.

Hence each property has its own Rodding Eye

A rodding eye is a vertical pipe that has a curved junction which sits below ground with a drain or sewer system. There is access to these pipes via a small, oval-shaped cover which is provided at ground level, allowing them to be reached in the event of a blockage within the pipe.

The paranoid pair have more problems as we found out just now. Drainage or rather sewage problems of their own making.

We found this out as the utilities workmen called round here to ask if we had any drainage problems. 

Conversation led to them learning from us that the properties still have rodding eyes. Gratitude abounds as they would never have discovered the problem for themselves. Being thanked by the engineers was graciously accepted.


Of course the vexatious incomers were nowhere to be found when the utilities engineers arrived. All they'd done was leave a garden gate open for the engineers to do what they would. 

Twas solely because those engineers came across D when going from door-to-door to see if any other properties had similar problems that they learnt how to fix that particular problem.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Paranoia par excellance

40 years of peace, neighbourliness and harmony.

Then property was sold and took some 6-8 weeks of builders let run riot with the property.

Person objected to photographs being taken from the street. 'Do not photograph my house, please'.

That led to closed curtains front and side. Paranoid woman decided people were staring too much.

Obviously strapped for cash, having taken on a property they could never afford solely because it was sold in a hurry. Next they decided to waste money they do not have on a fence they do not need.

Latest person today was quoting fro a 6-foot high fence! Laughable in the extreme. Paranoid pair have decided they need a 6-foot high fence...but there is already a suitable fence in place. Yet, they have made no attempt to put in fencing on the two sides of 'their' fencing which is in need of repair / replacement. Instead they are determined to put up a fence on the boundary that does not belong to them.

Now, dear readers do you understand the ludicrous situation. People who are in such penury that they have kept furniture from the previous owner. They also are using curtains some of which a over 10 years old. 

The dwelling has been turned into a money-pit. Load-bearing walls have been demolished and the backdoor blocked-up.

How to ruin a property in a couple of months!

Pity the dwelling was put on the market for such a low price. The paranoid pair would have been far better off in Wimpey-wonderland.

From 2000 to 2018

With Marie now one of the dear departed, the property fell to her four sons. Son number one didn't need / want any money so he enabled the youngest son to buy out the other shares in the property. Thar left youngest son in sole charge of the property.

He now had two bungalows, one in the N.W. and the other in the East Midlands. For over a decade he happily moved to and for to live in both properties as and when he wanted.

Unfortunately, youngest son went on to develop Parkinson's disease.

Nephew (son of richest brother) sold up to release equity.

Neighbours had enjoyed 40 years of friendship and true neighbourliness.

In only two-three months those that bought the property for a pittance have proved themselves to be the type that have a high nuisance value.
It has become obvious that they are unable to cope with the necessary refurbishment of the property. Guess they over-extended themselves. However, anther problem is their lack of experience, knowledge of the necessities, lacking the gumption to organise themselves.

Only the terminally inept employ a firm of builders only to leave them to their own devices. In the 2-3 months the builders had complete freedom to do what they would, no-one ever visited to check what was being done.

Similarly the plumber and electrician were left to their own devices. Plumber ended up being called back some dozen times because of difficulties.

Ignorance and malice-aforethought personified.
One of the first events was total destruction of a decades-old wisteria.
Next, both front and back gardens had well-maintained lawns.

When we looked after the gardens, it used to take a day to mow, edge, trim the lawns.
New inhabitants haven't even bothered to acquire a proper lawn mower. The lawn mower they attempted to use was an old push mower! needless to say, all it did was make a mess.

They have shown themselves to be paranoid, disruptive, vexatious and mentally unstable.

Today they caused a nuisance by making a false claim.

Nuisance call / report #1

Time to create an incidence log.

Nuisance claim 26/01/2018
(Cadent manages the national gas emergency service)

Report - Parts per million - Meter reading ZERO

Since we recently had a Smart Meter installed, it has already been proven that our property and utilities conform to modern Gas Safe Standards.

Cadent - What we don't do

  • We don’t produce gas.
  • We don’t own the gas that flows through our pipes. We only transport the gas through our pipeline networks.
  • We don’t repair gas appliances.
  • We don’t send out gas bills.
  • You do not pay your gas bill to us

Their petty vindictiveness becomes more and more apparent.

17-08-2018 some time round about 2300 hours 'blues and twos' accompanied by flashing lights. Seemingly another false alarm instigated by the trouble-makers.