Posted!

We posted a full size bike (minus its wheels), today. It was a racing bike, but with mudguards so we had to unscrew the back mudguard and twist it tound because it made the bike too long for the box. Then we rotated the handlebars downwards so they didn’t stick out at the side too much (we had tied then at 90 degrees to how they are when you ride) ideally we should have taken off the pedals but we roughly bubble wrapped. So the box is bulging… We also had to take off the saddle. The saddle stem is sticking up a bit so its covered in tape. The whole thing is a bit ramshackle.

Finally we shoved it in the car and drove round into town. We unloaded it out of the and started to carry it 100 yards and round the corner to the post office – which was closed and shuttered!!!!

Grr…. So we drove a few miles to another post office which was open. Bit of a bonus really, the original post office had quoted £30 for next day delivery. But this one quoted £16.50 for second class, arriving next Wednesday. Why not, cheaper and there is no rush.

Builders?

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As I reported a couple of days ago, my neighbour had had a new gas boiler installed and they drilled through into our living room knocking off some plaster.

The saga continues. This photo is of the boiler exhaust pipe, which the builder/plumber said was going to be fixed in place by his mate today. He’s used CARDBOARD to fill in the gap. The hole is right next door to us and if water gets in I don’t know what damage it will do! I’ve heard of cowboy builders, but not cardboard ones!

My neighbour is elderly and may not get the service he paid for. I don’t want to complain to him. But it the builders don’t come back I might contact trading standards or even pay for the work to be done myself.