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My Mother's House [Aug. 4th, 2013|09:04 am]
Tony Grist
The keypad that allows entry to the back door has been on the blink since before we went away. I propose we replace it with a straightforward, non- electrical Yale lock.

We've been waiting for months for a builder to come and fix the damp in our bedroom. He fixed it before to no good effect and I suspect there's nothing he can do now short of taking down the wall- and that's why he's delaying his return.

There's wallpaper peeling off the ceiling in the hall.

Matthew fixed the greenhouse while we were away. I don't know how he managed. The panes of glass keep falling out of a wooden framework which has- in places- rotted into a state of non-existence. I keep waiting for a heavy rain or a strong wind to take the whole thing down.

The electricity went off yesterday. We tracked the fault down to one of the rings on the kitchen hob- and isolated it.  It must be 40 years since the house was last rewired.

The dining table my mother uses as a desk has a leg on the point of detaching itself. My sister has propped it up with bits of wood she found in the garage.

The roof isn't looking too good. There are a lot of broken tiles.

The switch that controls the garage doors works sometimes.

The hornets were back last night. They got into the bathroom and both bedrooms.

From: (Anonymous)
2013-08-04 10:05 am (UTC)

My Mother's House

...it is falling into decay...
We seem to keep nature from taking over only by constant interventions and repairs. If it was left untended, how long before the roof fell in, the water poured in, animals and insects started to take over? I reminds me of the deserted village in the mountain in Southern Spain that I took photos of and you wrote accompanying poems to.
Love Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-04 11:35 am (UTC)

Re: My Mother's House


But I don't think Ma would stand for having the builders in. We'll have to go on patching and mending and making do.

We had the builders in a couple of years ago- and it's no fun.

I think the house will last out her time without a major intervention but I'll be surprised if the greenhouse is still standing at Christmas.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-08-04 11:52 am (UTC)
or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

Somehow your list brought these words to mind.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-04 02:22 pm (UTC)
I've been having similar thoughts...
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From: artkouros
2013-08-04 12:47 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a handyman's paradise.

I'd love to have a greenhouse with real glass panes. Green house trivia - after our civil war there were thousands of glass plate photograph negatives of the war floating around. No one wanted them so they were used to build greenhouses. Over time the sunlight bleached them clear and all those old images were lost.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-04 02:24 pm (UTC)
What a horrific story!

I have a passion for 19th century photographs.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2013-08-04 06:59 pm (UTC)
If there were hornets getting into my house... I would not be sleeping in my house. *shudder*
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-04 07:08 pm (UTC)
Insects don't bother me- at least not that much.

I'm a lot bigger than they are.
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