Now the work begins

Whenever I have anybody doing work around the house I think of this song.

Twas on a Monday morning the gas man came to call.  The gas tap wouldn’t turn – I wasn’t getting gas at all.  He tore out all the skirting boards to try and find the main  and I had to call a carpenter to put them back again.
Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do.”  Flanders and Swann

For the rest of this comic song and to get an idea of their quirky show,  click here.

This will be very short today as there is really not much to report.

Concrete truck

The concrete cometh

The contractors laid the aggregate on Monday afternoon.


Stage 2

They returned yesterday to put a finish on it and now I have an exposed aggregate patio.


Waiting for weeding and decorating

All it needs is for me to get out there and weed and plant and sow.  You do remember that old children’s song.  And although I now don’t have to mow I can’t get this song out of my head.

“One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow, one man and his dog named Spot, went to mow a meadow.
Two men went to mow, went to mow a meadow, two men, one man and his dog named Spot, went to mow a meadow……”

Now you will have that earworm with you all day.  Sorry about that.

And while I ramble on about such inconsequential things as my patio, the people in Christchurch are living through another round of earthquakes and huge aftershocks.  I really should be posting about them and how we feel for them in their upheaval and danger.  We are told there have been 49 earthquakes around the greater Canterbury region in the last 24 hours with the largest being 6.3 on the Richter scale.  See a video of the impact of the quakes here.

We are used to seeing shots of war-torn cities in Afghanistan, Turkey, Libya but never thought to see anything like this in our own land.  And this is not anything that man has caused; this is nature showing us mortals its strength.















18 responses to “Now the work begins

  1. I didn’t realize you were still having such severe aftershocks. Never made the US news.


  2. Perhaps nature is rebelling and sending a wake up re the desecration of our home, her planet.


  3. New songs for me ! thanks! Your patio thingy is looking good! Prayers for the folk of Christchurch. Thanks for letting us know!


  4. 23 men, 22 men, 21 ….. and his dog named Scott …
    Thanks ! 🙂
    My thoughts to Christchurch too, not good.


  5. I’ve been in blogland all morning, and sorting through pictures, totally missed the news. Will be praying for those touched by these recent earthquakes. Patio is looking good!


    • It’s easy to go into blogland and then realize that you have been there for several hours. I can’t tell you how much better the front of the house looks now. Thanks for the comment.


  6. Nice patio there!
    My prayers are going out to the people of Christchurch!


  7. Strangely I never heard that song. Maybe it’s a cultural thing. As for the victims of the earthquakes, big bunny hugs for all.


  8. Looks like a huge job. Best wishes!


    • Thanks – as Zig Ziglar says “You can eat an elephant a bite at a time” so that’s what I am going to do. Starting on the elephant today.
      Thanks for the comment.


  9. Glad your patio is done, Judith! Looks great!



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