Our intentions were good.
For Jake & Ellie’s birthday – back in early March – we bought them a fantastic climbing frame. We thought they’d love it!
Unfortunately we hadn’t quite thought it through…
The garden in the new house is a good size but when we looked at the space the thing needed we realised that it just wasn’t big enough!
At first we thought we’d have to knock down the very useful shed & rip out most of the beautiful flower garden just to fit it in!
After a lot of head-scratching & measuring with bits of string we finally found a place it could go without too much damage, leaving both the shed & the flowers intact. We just needed to have a lot of the paving & a small tree ripped out & replaced with turf.
Then – almost inevitably – we had many problems finding a contractor to do the work. It must have been about half a dozen of them who looked at the work, said they’d get back in touch – then didn’t.
Finally I found a good guy who could do the work at a reasonable price. He said he would talk to us before starting work: he didn’t! Instead he let himself in while no-one was there & ripped out ALL of the paving, not just the bits we wanted taken out! He took out, for instance, the back patio we use for eating outside, the area outside the side door, & a border we wanted left in.
We came back to a garden that looked like a bombsite: my wife was devastated! All the paving stones had been ripped out & put into big piles that looked like slag-heaps!
In the doom & gloom, cue Mr Brightside!
Jake noticed that one brick had been left sitting all by itself in the middle of the Plain of Desolation, and said:
“Well, at least he still left one.”
Fantastic! We all laughed: what a great way of lifting the edge off of a sad situation!
Sometime it needs the innocent & happy outlook of a small child to give us jaded grown-ups some perspective!
Happily the contractor came back promptly & was able to restore the paving he took out in error, & install the turf. The garden now looks great & we hope to have the shiny new climbing frame up & running very soon!
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