I’m working my way round the bedrooms and already the loft is looking full – despite the mountain of paper I took to the recycle centre and the copiously filled black bags that went to various Charity shops. I like to give to Barnardos; not only because I believe in their cause but because it is on the corner of the High St in Erdington and if I get there early enough there’re places to park.
The clearing is hard work physically, emotionally and spiritually. But much more challenging is getting workmen to give quotes or respond to phone messages and turn up when they say they are going to. I was under the impression that due to the down turn in the building trade that there were a fair few buildiers just waiting to jump at the chance to work. Why then have we got the only ones that seem too busy to return phone calls – or can’t start till March? I would like to think it is because they are bloody good and have loads of work on despite the looming depression that we keep being told is on the way. We’ve finally got a start date from a builder we have been courting. Please dear God let him turn up on Saturday and please let him be good.