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Things Fall Apart [Feb. 28th, 2010|10:09 am]
Tony Grist
We arrived home to find there were now two skips outside the front door- one full, one half-full- and next door's roof no longer had a chimney. I'll miss that chimney. It was gothic and imposing. I used to like watching the moon and stars move past it when I went to the bathroom at night.

The following morning part of our kitchen ceiling collapsed and I was grateful for the extra skip.

At first I thought the collapsing ceiling was a consequence of the problems we've been having with water penetration from outside, but, having looked more closely, I think there's a leak I didn't know about in the bathroom directly above. Heigh-ho. Either way I'm not particularly worried. We already have a scheme going forward to take the kitchen apart and start again- and our insurers have been informed.  
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-02-28 10:20 am (UTC)
I'm glad that nobody was under that ceiling when it fell. How much came down?

Is your subject line a reference to the novel by Chinua Achebe? Magnificent book!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-02-28 10:24 am (UTC)
A fair bit. I scraped it all up and put it in a bag- and the bag was a lot heavier than I thought it would be.

Yes and no to your second question. The primary reference is to Yeats' "Second Coming". I suspect Achebe's title refers to it too.

Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-02-28 10:45 am (UTC)
Yeats, of course. I have recently re-read Achebe's book and it was stuck in my head.

Re-doing the kitchen is one of our future projects as ours is also falling apart.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-02-28 11:25 am (UTC)
One thing we can't change about our kitchen is that it's entirely the wrong shape.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2010-02-28 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oops! I admire you for being so philosophical about it, though - seeing an unwanted accident as an opportunity. I hope you are able to track down the leak and get it all sorted.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-02-28 03:23 pm (UTC)
Something like this would normally send me into a spin, but I knew there was a problem- if not quite the one that's emerged- and we already have plans to gut the kitchen and turn everything round.

It's a very small leak. I think it has to be a problem with the waste pipe for the shower.
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[User Picture]From: qatsi
2010-02-28 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'd echo what strange_complex says about your phlegmatic attitude. I wonder if the leak might have anything to do with your electrical problems?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-02-28 06:00 pm (UTC)
A link with the electrical problems? It's possible. The electrics that were puzzling us are in the same general area. :)
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2010-02-28 06:03 pm (UTC)
The following morning part of our kitchen ceiling collapsed and I was grateful for the extra skip.

Let's hear it for philosophy . . .

(Best of luck remaking your kitchen into something that doesn't leak.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-02-28 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Plans are underway...
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2010-02-28 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yow! Glad you have insurance to cover the costs, so you can relax and remake in peace.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-02-28 08:14 pm (UTC)
And besides, it's only a hole in the ceiling....
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2010-02-28 10:04 pm (UTC)
With plumbing accessories. ;)

True, though, that a hole in the ceiling isn't exactly threatening to life, limb, and the ability to continue living in the house. Yay for the smaller problems of householding.
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