Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Ups and downs

I've been busy over the last couple of weeks what with appointments at the dentist, the eye clinic and the general hospital. We also spent a very pleasant afternoon with hubby's brother and his wife sat out in their garden in the lovely warm sunshine and as brother-in-law had not long come out of hospital having a pacemaker fitted it was a good visit especially as we hadn't seen them in over a year. It was late when we arrived home so we called at the takeaway for food and the wait was horrendous. We discovered it's best to phone through an order as those who'd come to collect their food came and went while I was queuing for about forty minutes with people who didn't socially distance themselves and one lad who decided it was a good idea to lean on our car.

We've almost given up on the tiler returning to tile the top half of the cloakroom so we'll give him until this weekend and then revert to plan A and I'll paint the top half a pale grey colour as we'd originally intended. Talking of workmen we have had more trouble at the mill with the owners of the house next door. The tenants are lovely people but thinking the boundary issue of three years ago was all done and dusted which  it is legally they've decided to ride rough shod over us once again and we don't know what's going to happen next. At least Tilly discovered her bark and we know we have a good little guard dog in the making.

I've taken Tilly to the harbour a few times and met up with a friend who'd also lost her dog since the last time we'd met. Our friend was there waking her neighbour's dog and it was good to have a good long chat with her. I'll end with a few photos of Tilly in the boat so you can see that she is growing up fast. It's always busy at the harbour now and it's lovely to be able to sit out in the sunshine with a takeaway coffee and they even supply nautical themed dog biscuits :)






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  1. I'm glad you've been able to meet up with your brother-in-law at last, not being able to see our relatives has been one of the hardest things over this past year, especially when they've been poorly, our natural instinct is to be there for them. I hate having workmen in the house as nothing seems to go to plan. It will be a shame if they don't return to tile the top section of the walls as it was their suggestion in the first place. Fingers crossed you can get them moving. I'm sorry to hear about you having trouble with your neighbours. I think we've been very lucky with ours, though we've been here for nearly twenty eight years now and our neighbours have been here even longer so at least we haven't had to contend with getting to know new people. Awww, Tilly is gorgeous, yes she is definitely growing.

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    1. It has been a difficult time for everyone not seeing friends and relatives in person. We decided to have the cloakroom half-tiled and it was the plumber's suggestion that it would look nice tiled top to bottom. The tiler said he would do it but has a lot of other work on so we can't really blame him for putting off our job. The problem next door isn't with the neighbours but the housing association that own the house. We thought it was all sorted legally but now their house needs work doing the boundary fence has become a problem to them again. I'll try to briefly explain in a comment to Eunice as she knows the trouble we've had with them. Tilly is growing in size and personality :)

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  2. I remember your long running boundary dispute and all the trouble you had - a shame things have started up again, especially as it was all sorted out legally. You say the neighbours are lovely people but they can't be all that nice if they are causing trouble again - after everything you went through last year you don't need this on top of it all.

    It's good to hear you're getting out and about with Tilly and she has also discivered her bark. The photos are great, I love the last one of her hoovering up the dog biscuits :)

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    1. It's not the neighbours causing trouble but the housing association who own their house. With no word to us they have erected scaffolding next door. The men asked if they could put scaffolding between the two houses and we said yes but they weren't to come into our garden as we were thinking about Tilly's safety. What they started to do was put the scaffolding over the boundary fence overhanging our garden and they told us the house next door had asbestos in it and so we asked them not to do that. Their maintenance person said he can't see the problem with the scaffold overhanging our garden but then he would say that wouldn't he. I told him I wasn't in good health and exactly what you've said Eunice that I don't need all this aggravation. So work has stopped next door and we have no idea what will happen next. As you know the boundary issue dragged on for a long time, cost us money and much stress.
      Tilly barked and barked at the scaffolders and it was quite a surprise that she'd found her voice, we were really pleased with her :) It's so nice to be out and about again although we aren't overdoing things of course. Tilly loves the dog biscuits so it's a good excuse to stop and have coffee :)

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  3. I don't know what the boundary issue is but it sounds frustrating and something you could do without. I hope you can get it sorted.
    I'm glad to hear that you are able to get out and about. How lovely to be so close to the sea for your walks - I'm green with envy!

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    1. We bought a new build house but had been here for over twenty years when the next door house was sold to a housing association. They raised a boundary dispute with us as soon as they'd bought the house which we had to sort out with the help of a solicitor and it dragged on a long time. They haven't asked permission to erect scaffolding across our garden and we don't need this aggravation with them again.
      We do appreciate living on the coast and it's lovely to go for walks on the beach with our dog again, something we've missed doing for the last twelve months.

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  4. From Ann via Bloglovin'
    Good to know you have met up with family and friends, it's almost like 'normal' but obviously not yet. Tilly is looking a right little madam, bless her and why not indeed. So inquisitive and wanting to be a part of everything, she really is adorable...hugs being sent to her :)

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    1. The new normal isn't ideal but better than staying at home or staying local and it's good to be meeting up with folk again. Yes, Tilly is a proper little madam and she certainly keeps us on our toes which can be exhausting at times when she's up to mischief. I'll give her a hug from you Ann, she'll love that :)

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  5. we had our first meet up last week and it was so good to actually be able to see people again, glad you had a nice visit. Sorry to hear about the boundary, hope it gets it sorted.

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    1. It's so good to meet up again and have a good chat. Hopefully the housing association won't cause us too much aggravation as we just don't need it.

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  6. Oh Eileen, I am so sorry to read this. The HA really are selfish so-and-so's, aren't they? And these days it certainly seems as if they are not interested in the 'social' aspect of the housing they own but just the money side, and definitely do not care about the effect they have on anyone else. I am so glad you stood your ground and said 'NO" to the scaffolding.

    But it is lovely to see Miss tilly growing in confidence and voice (just a thought - on the off chance that some scaffolder or builder thinks wandering into your garden is acceptable, do you have a large bolt/padlock on your gate to prevent it being opened from outside?)

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    1. I’m glad that we were at home to see what the scaffolders were doing. We’d had no warning nor had they asked us for permission. We do have bolts on the gate top and bottom as I don’t want anyone coming into the garden or leaving the gate open. Tilly really surprised us, she’s a big dog in a little body :)

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  7. Oh, and publish this bit only if you want 😤 : play the "I am recovering from cancer and shielding" card if you think it will have an effect . . .

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    1. I doubt they’d be interested Jayne but I do know I can’t cope with any more problems right now.

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  8. I do hope the housing association isn't going to start causing you problems again, especially as the issue seemed to be sorted. I remember how stressful it all was for you last time.
    I'm glad you've been able to enjoy some meet-ups since your last post. It feels good doesn't it? X

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    1. The boundary issue was sorted legally, all signed and sealed at our expense. I don’t have the energy for another fight with them again. Meeting up with family and friends is good and it feels like life is finally getting back to normal again.

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  9. Hope your problems are soon sorted Eileen & at this time when our world is upside down with other matters it must be so hard for you. Oh Tilly is going to be such a little Miss & bring you lots of fun & joy. Take care & hugs from down under.

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    1. It's been one thing after another Susan although we know these times have been hard for everyone. We're so looking forward to having some good times with little Miss Tilly. Take care and thank you for your hugs.

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  10. I had to smile at your comment "Trouble at Mill", I use that expression too and people look at me strangely. I hope the trouble with the neighbours gets sorted, nasty to be at odd with the people next door.

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    1. I was born in Lancashire and my mother and aunts worked in the cotton mills and doing my family tree research I discovered my ancestors worked in the woollen mills in Yorkshire so I'm fond of saying Trouble at Mill :)
      We don't see much of the neighbours as they both work but trouble with their landlord the housing association doesn't bode well for future good relations as they'll see us as being awkward but so be it.

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    2. And it has to be said in a sort of "On Ilkla Moor Baht'at" accent! I think it possibly originated in an old Morecambe and Wise skit?????? I still watch them on you tube and roar with laughter.

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    3. Although I have lived in Wales for most of my life I still have an accent and people ask where I'm from!
      I've looked up the origin of the phrase there's trouble at t'mill and it seems to have originated in stage plays purporting to depict life in northern England, particularly in Lancashire. I expect Morecambe and Wise did use the phrase and I can just imagine them saying it :)

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