Things at LIME Cottage could, perhaps, be at their lowest point.
The internet cable, inadvertently knocked aside by the roofers, has left me without broadband for three weeks. The long awaited engineer arrived today. He’s booked a second visit from another engineer for next week. (‘I only do indoor fixes, love. This one’s outdoor.’ ‘But I TOLD them it was the cable!’ ‘Yeah but you know how it is. They will only take that sort of information from a qualified engineer.’)
Then there are the rats. I thought we had an agreement; they could have the roof space if I could have to house. Never expect to make agreements with rats. Meeting one in my bedroom at 1am was not fun. There are now trays of puce coloured poison everywhere. Enough is enough.
The new shiny shower room is all installed. Looks great. Can’t use any of it of course. The plumber can’t drill the hole for the pipework because the wall is blocked by the scaffolding, which would have been removed last Monday, except that the builders had left all their gear on the scaffolding… It should all be sorted out next week.
I have two kitchen sinks: the old one in pieces in the garden (need to manifest some kind soul to remove that) while the gorgeous butler sink and hand-crafted solid wood unit almost fill my living room. It can’t go in the kitchen until the flooring’s been done. That’s supposed to be happening next week.
Before anyone tells me how brave and resilient I’m being, let me confess to several sleepless nights, outbursts of fury and tears of frustration. Eleven weeks of living in a rat-infested building site is taking its toll. However synchronicity has not deserted me. Today I opened a magazine. The editorial spoke of the unrest and chaos in the world and included this timely quote from Wellesley Tudor Pole:
Until these discordant conditions have been cleared away it is impossible for a more spiritual order of living to become possible.
So at a fractal level, my petty inconveniences mirror those of the wider world. I’ll cling to my vision of LIME Cottage as a place where miracles are expected, and if all the discordant conditions are cleared away next week, it will be truly miraculous.