2. The outlet pipe to the washing machine was blocked- and flooding the boiler room. I had wondered if it was something I could sort out by myself- but I'm glad I didn't try because it has taken Peter all morning- and he knows what he's doing.
3. These lines from Yeats' "Under Ben Bulben" have been going through my mind for days:
Many times man lives and dies
Between his two eternities,
That of race and that of soul,
And ancient Ireland knew it all.
Whether man die in his bed
Or the rifle knocks him dead,
A brief parting from those dear
Is the worst man has to fear.
Though grave-diggers' toil is long,
Sharp their spades, their muscles strong,
They but thrust their buried men
Back in the human mind again.