Recently my friend Debra posted on her blog breathelighter that installing a new driveway to her home is causing chaos. I can certainly identify with that at the moment!
In the course of carrying out renovations to their property, our neighbours discovered several leaks in our shared water main. As the system is over a hundred years old, repairs aren’t an option ~ it has to be completely replaced. Deep trenches have been dug on both sides of our adjoining garden wall ~ turning my ‘Secret Courtyard’……
What with taking part in endless discussion at every stage of the process and keeping a watchful eye on a highly inquisitive terrier when allowing workmen access, I have little time to indulge in my own pursuits. It feels like it’s been going on forever and we’re not quite on the home stretch yet ~ the new pipe has to be fed through a hole in the wall ~ which hasn’t even been drilled yet ~ and connected to the stop~cock on our side, before the trench can be back~filled and order restored.
We hadn’t budgeted for this emergency (which is classed as ‘wear and tear’ and therefore not covered by buildings insurance,) or planned on having any more outside work done this year. But ~ like Debra ~ I’m choosing not to allow the mess and disruption to upset me.
‘Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.‘ Kahlil Gibran
We are so fortunate to be living in a country where clean water, piped right into our houses, is available at the turn of a tap (faucet.)
And I’ve been meaning to change that courtyard around for a while, anyway!
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