I still haven’t worked out who I want to be or what I want to do when I grow up, so on this blog please join me while I try and work it out while keeping child-like creativity alive!  Find home and fashion inspiration; travel and days out; photography, writing and more. Have fun looking around 🙂




Why does having tradespeople in always make me feel so unassertive and inadequate?

We chose this guy because he advertised in the local parish magazine; he seemed nice and helpful and most importantly, would do the chimney, install the Rayburn and do the plumbing, so we didn’t have to juggle different people at the same time. To be honest, on the whole we were very pleased with the service we received; the job got done smoothly, but there are a few small niggles, that I just wish I could deal with better.

They seemed to spend an awful lot of time sweeping, so we told them not to bother clearing up after themselves. However, the last day came, the Rayburn was lit and off they went for the day while we waited for the system to heat up. One of the two guys came back later to check everything. There was one radiator that didn’t work. It was one from the original system, and he didn’t want to do anything – I had to insist he check it out. When I got back from the school run he was gone and over the weekend, the radiator did heat up in the end. He had said he’d come back Monday to check everything had been ok over the weekend and lag the hot water tank. On Monday he didn’t come, but I spoke to him on the phone on Tuesday and he had forgotten he was going to come, and that they’d pop in . I also asked if they’d be putting the floor upstairs back together and he said that Chris had told him not to worry about that. I sounded dubious in my reply. “Did he?” (I knew full well he hadn’t because I’d already checked!) The plumber then said that he could, but basically it would cost more in labour.

So, instead of pointing out that we’d paid for 2 guys on Friday and they’d hardly done anything, I just said, “Oh right, well we can’t afford that, so we’ll have to leave it.” Why am I so pathetic? And the phone conversation has been bugging me ever since! At least I did stop them from sneaking off with the copper. After checking on message boards, it seemed the done thing to let them take it if they take the rest of the rubbish. Well, they didn’t – they left everything stacked up in a pile outside. And I was mostly annoyed that one of them was knocking off the water tank jacket and bashing it up on time that we’re paying them for!

Other little things include the fact that they just picked up one of my towels (albeit a pretty old one) and used it to wipe up their dirty mess. Their daily rate was £180 for 2 of them; which is pretty good (as he pointed out frequently), but I think this made them think they didn’t have to worry too much about things like that. As you may have guessed, I’m just as cross with myself for being useless, as I am with them, but when we get the bathrooms done next year, I’ll be ringing around a few other places rather than going straight back to this guy. I’ll also do my best to be more assertive. It’s all about being exactly clear what we expect, and that we don’t want to pay them to sweep, but we do want floors to be put back together!

00no comment

Other posts you may like:

Rogue theatre company review
Review of The Firebird by the Rogue Theatre Company in Cornwall
August 31, 2018
Imagine, if you will, being met by a fairy at the edge of magical woodland, and led down a secret pathway shaded by old twisted rowan and chattering leaves of beech, but lit by glinting lights strung through the branches. Each way you turn you’re met with strange and eerie settings of mysterious white princess bedrooms, strangely metallic baby clothes hanging on a line; gothic ravens adorning old books; abandoned tea parties disturbingly strewn with red; and odd antique paintings foreseeing the future; each with its character singing, dancing or otherwise performing as you pass. And that’s just the beginning…..
Tarte eyeshadow palette review
A review of the Tarte Tarteist Amazonian Clay eyeshadow palette
November 14, 2017
I am constantly on the hunt for a matte eyeshadow palette, and if I see one, I will probably buy it! I honestly don’t know why they aren’t more popular, because I just cannot get on with an ordinary eye shadow! I had a little splurge on make-up a couple of years ago and talked about my issues with the No7 eyeshadows and the Maybelline eyeshadows that I bought. They simply do not look good on me and the pigmentation is rubbish. I decided it was about time I stopped faffing about with mid-range High Street make-up and actually spend some money….

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Instagram did not return a 200.