Sunday, July 08, 2018

A couple of old tradies

Nothing much ready to publish this Sunday. It took two well and truly grown men an hour's shopping in the big green shed hardware store for a chrome toilet roll holder, a chrome towel rail and a chrome back of the bathroom door hook.

It took the same two grown men two hours to remove and old plastic towel rail and toilet roll holder, and install the toilet roll holder. We can't do more as we need screws butterfly bolts plaster screw fixers expandable screw housings to install the towel rail and hook, and besides, the time had reached pre dinner wine o'clock.

I had planned to post photos of our bathroom renovations, but I am whacked.

I will leave you with a photo of a spoon taken where we sit to brunch amid a popular but grungy and graffitied lane. The spoons that come with the coffee are holiday souvenier teaspoons. Mine was that day from Portugal, written along the spoon stem, but the enameled picture bit was missing. I joked to R, it wasn't a normal enameled picture, but miniature blue and white tiles that have fallen off. He got it and laughed, but perhaps you had to be there and have visited Portugal. Sami may faintly smile at least. Yes, a very out of focus photo.


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  1. Photo of the year Andrew!

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    1. Hehe Marie, a blurry photo of a spoon. I get your point.

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  2. Life is a pudding but at least you have the spoon to eat it.
    Merle...........

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  3. Due to circumstances, I learned early on how to make repairs. You two obviously need me to fly down and fix your place up.
    My husband is a person who likes everything done perfectly, and since he was a Pilot before retirement and gone 1/2 the time to parts unknown, I learned how to hammer, use a drill, screwdriver and even repair the bath fixtures.
    By the way, I have entire set plus of those touristy spoons if anyone needs them. The first year I was married to said pilot, I traveled everywhere with him and thought they were cute. Now they gather dust and tarnish!
    Pass the wine!

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    1. Maribeth, I rather wish you lived next door. Three ageing tradies must be better than two. We did well today, the next day. My grandmother had a few souvenier teaspoons. I don't know what happened to them. Chuck yours out, or send them to our city cafe.

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  4. Surely you know any trip to Bunnings will require at least one possibly two return trips to complete the tasking? ;)

    Unless of course you have a fully stocked man cave on site, and even then it always seems to need another visit to that large green Temporal Vortex which steals time and space. :)

    We like to go around 6pm as ours is open till 7, and we can't lose more than an hour if they are closing, they will kick us out. Thank the deities, they kick us out and we regain our sanity, looking at each other like deer in the headlights wondering where that hour went..

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    1. Snoskred, yes we do know that. The second trip was made today, Sunday. We only go to that place at about 11am and combine it with brunch, which we did both days. We went to a different one today, a larger one, hoping for more options, but there weren't. You have inspired tomorrow's post.

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  5. How reassuring to learn that others also need incredible amounts of time for 'simple tasks'. And multiple trips to the hardware store.

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    1. EC, I used to say calculate the time and double it. Now I think, triple it is more apt.

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  6. So often those simple five minute jobs turn out to take days, simply because one doesn't have one small component. Life can be a bugger.

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    1. Cro, it has been a long time joke between us and friends, another five minute job that takes an hour.

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  7. Two hours to remove the plastic ware? Hopefully by now you've got the necessary fittings and completed the job. Do we get to see pictures of the 'new and improved' bathroom.

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    1. River, and to install the toilet roll holder. Maybe Tuesday I will have the post about the new bathroom fittings ready.

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  8. I've responded to your comment re my driving in your previous post, Andrew....please don't make assumptions. :)

    Have a good week. :)

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    1. Lee, so I saw. But you weren't really driving in traffic like in inner Melbourne or Sydney. I can't say I have driven in heavy stop start traffic like I now do in a manual car, but I think it would annoying, to say the least. Thanks.

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    2. I used to live and work in the city, Andrew...and drive in the city. And have visited the city and driven in the city when not living in the city...always in a manual car! End of story! lol

      These days, however, I have absolutely no desire to do so. There are too many clowns on the road...and most of them driving automatic vehicles! ;)

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  9. My goodness that was a long time, a full days work - well some things can be stubborn.

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    1. Margaret, indeed the toilet roll holder was difficult. Behind the plaster was cement sheet, and I think we will have to revisit the same but every went smoothly today.

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  10. Well, the spoon photo is very meaningful and artistic (lol)

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    1. Strayer, pretty boring really.

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  11. There is no such thing as a simple job Andrew, ask P, he has much first hand experience of this enigma 😬

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