And Wednesday it got worse...

It started well, the electrician arrived at 7:30 slightly earlier than planned, but that's ok. He'd come to replace the fuse board so had a full day's work ahead of him. I was expecting the gas man too so went off up the road in search of him when he didn't appear. "Yes love, we'll be down to you later when we've finished here" I was reassured. While I was out the floor sanders arrived and were all set to continue sanding the downstairs floor, despite the conversation the previous day about needing to work upstairs...

They were unaware apparently so phoned the office, the office discovered that despite us talking about this for the past week they had done nothing or provided a price. Down the tools went then until we agreed a price...  The first price offered for the Study and the top landing (so not the entire floor) was £850, expensive as the whole downstairs was quoted at £950 and because they already had the machinery here. (I refuse to refer to my house as onsite!!). Eventually a price was agreed but we were told as they couldn't use the large sander upstairs (too heavy) it would be more. Clearly someone hadn't shared the fact I was at home and was able to watch them carry it up the two flights of stairs, or have the conversation with the guys about if they'd used the big sander...

I was at home working away, using wifi happy as larry, using electricity straight from the fuse board when I noticed our neighbour cutting our cherry tree...  She thought we'd be ok with it as we'd previously offered to remove a branch (which has now gone), living in a Conservation Area I reminded her how interested in tree works the council are. Her response was astounding "well, you already have it, so I can do what I want" - we haven't had that tree cut for a number of years (it's about due for a cut) and as we didn't know she was cutting our tree how could that be. She huffed off to speak to the council after moaning about how long our builders were taking. All the while I'm thinking, "you should try living in it love!"

Looking more closely at the tree it was apparent she'd been cutting it for a while as the tree is now totally misshapen so I thought I'd contact the council as I was pretty sure that our neighbour's response would be favourable for her. I discovered that there appears not to be any legislation to stop neighbours applying for permission for works to trees they do not own, but they cannot undertake the work without our consent as it would be trespass. They can cut overhanging branches without our consent and must pass the branches over our fence.  There is nothing it seems to stop neighbours cutting trees so they are misshapen and lopsided, which is slightly bonkers. 

The neighbour did apologise and reflect on hindsight she should have spoken to us. It's something but it's done now, isn't it?!

Anyway, back to work and the noise of the sanders. Next up is an email from the neighbour the other side explaining that there are white paint specks on his black Lexus. Arghhhh! Off I went straight round there with the name and phone number of the boss man. I was appalled at how much paint was on his car, he was very good and calm (calmer than I would have been) and told me not to worry as it would get sorted. His response and attitude is admirable, but I would very much rather it hadn't happened in the first place....

At least we have the assurance that the same decorators will not be returning. That's good news, but it's too late they should never have been wielding a paintbrush in our house or anyone else's.