"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Builders eh?

I am having a conservatory built on the back of the house. which I plan to use for my counselling. I say 'I' because it is my project, so the builder called in yesterday to lay out ready for the cement base to be put down today. There had been some discussion about whether to move the side gates or not and we had finally decided not, and when Bob the Builder turned up, we ran through the decisions we had made and he started to measure up.
"I'll just shut the back door," he said, "and get on with measuring."
So he did and I carried on doing what I was doing in the living room, roughly about six yards away from him.
Minutes later, Keith phoned.
"Is that all-right, then?" he asked.
"Is what all-right?"
"Moving the gates. He says he can't get the full width otherwise. Didn't he say anything to you? He's just rung me up to ask about it."
So, having shared my views on this way of going about things with Keith, (who then retired to nurse his sore ear), I waited...
When the gates had been moved and Bob and his sidekick were about to leave, I went to the door.
"Oh," I said sweetly, "I see you moved the gates after all."
"Oh yes, I rang the boss..." he began.
I stopped him there and explained it to him.
I was quite amicable about it. Not a word passed my lips about sexism or male chauvinist pigs - really.
"We'll be here between half eight and nine in the morning," he promised. "And I'll bring you a white hat, as you're the boss."
It's three minutes to nine and all is silent....

6 comments:

Mick's Page said...

Hi Jenny.
Very good Jenny, had a good laugh you put it so well.
Bob the Builder may be a very good builder - remains too be seen.... for sure he doesn’t know very much about the Ladies.
Your photographs, fantastic
Notes: My comment question answered I see you’re back.
For your first holiday in two years - Questions:
How many miles did you travel overall? -
How many days holidays did you have?
How is Keith’s ankle?

Jennyta said...

Altogether we travelled 3600 miles, Mick and we were away for a fortnight. Keith's ankle is not too bad but he finds it painful to walk any distance. The specialist is saying that the only treatment possible now is to freeze it but Keith doesn't want to do that.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

I would never vote for the Conservatories! They're a right shower.
Nice to see that the universal frothing wave of political correctness mingled with women's rights has not yet reached your corner of the North Wales/ Cheshire borders. Know your place woman!

Jennyta said...

Watch it, YP or I'll be popping over there to sort you out!

Dale said...

Jenny, you are a most amazing lady, and, I'm sure, a force to be reckoned with.

Jennyta said...

It's years spent as deputy headteacher that does it, Dale. That and being of a naturally bossy nature. You don't believe me? Ask Keith - he's over there, cowering in the corner under NASA. ;)

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