Following Monday's expense with the tyres, the YFG coming down with the flu, the guttering getting fixed on Thursday and the discovery that the metal chimney flue has moved about 10 degrees out of upright, possibly in the high winds, one can only hope that less things go wrong in the week ahead.
The tyres cost me £110, the guttering £80 and now the chimney expert reckons that he needs a cherry picker to deal with the issue. There's a local chap who has one, which would be cheaper than the regular supplier that the chimney chap uses, but the chimney bloke hasn't got the right certificates for the local one......so that might be £180 for the use of a cherry picker from further afield, on top of the actual cost of the repair. I just need him to get himself organised and get it repaired as I am a bit worried that the wet and windy weather that is forecast for this week will only exacerbate the problem. I'm sort of hoping for the return of high pressure as that tends to be very cold weather but without wind - and I can definitely do without that at the moment.
The YFG is better and doesn't seem to have suffered to the same extent that the Danish girl and I did. I've had a bit of a laugh with the Danish girl today as she is studying King Lear for her English studies, and she was struggling with it rather - well, just imagine it: English is not her first language, and then they ask her to study Shakespeare, which most native English-speakers find a challenge, and you can see why she may have been finding it hard! We managed to find a good website which offered the original Shakespearean text alongside a "modern" translation that gave her a better handle on what the bard was on about. Since I did Lear for my English A level too, it has been fun to try to dredge up some of what I remembered to help her.
The YFG went on a gymnastics coaching course today and did well but it was quite a long day and she went to bed quite early tonight. The violinist has done over 4 hours of practice today, and I haven't seen a lot of her.
I just want to say that I love getting your comments, but I have also been blessed by one or two emails to the address that I shared up there on the right - it is wonderful to hear from you that way too, but don't be upset if I don't reply immediately as I probably only check that account a couple of times a week.
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