Wednesday, 24 October 2007

More building news

I'm sorry to go on about my building work, but to be honest, when you're flushing your toilet with a bucket and it is the same temperature inside your house as outside, it's hard to think of much else.

So yesterday saw the arrival of a new member of the cast: the carpenter. His task was to fit the doors which go between the new room and the living room; in an unneccesary display of initiative he decided to build me a cupboard on the landing instead. But this is ok, since I do need the cupboard; it was just that I need the doors more. However, by this stage I think we're all resigned to the bizarre sense of priority exhibited by the builders, so we shall take this in our stride and move on.

No sign of any heating until this morning, when I stepped outside my front door to go to work, all sleepy and minding my own business, and was accosted by the Chief Builder, someone else, some doors and the new boiler. The Chief Builder and the other man were exceptionally cheerful for that time of the morning, and I fear I came across as a little sleepy. Still, as I drove off they were enthusiastically moving doors, hinges and boiler into my house, where they will no doubt take up residence for the next fortnight or so, until someone gets round to installing them.

Incidentally, is it polite to use the word 'toilet' in normal conversation? You see, when I say that I've had no bathroom for about a month, people gasp in horror and I feel obliged to assure them that I have always had a toilet throughout. But should I say 'toilet', or does one say 'loo'? Or is there another even more polite word, like WC? Or is it one of those things where the chavs and the Queen say 'toilet' and everyone else says 'loo'? CAN YOU HELP?

So, scheduled prognosis for the building work: tiling to be done today, carpenter to do doors today, plumber to do heating today and tomorrow (ha!), gypsies doing roof yesterday and all completed by this weekend.

In other news, of which there is starting to be a little, I have been having a lot of fun making things for our church craft fair, have just completed the church calendar, and am rather impressed by John Lennox's new book about God and science.

6 comments:

Vox O'Malley said...

Since I work in the financial sector I refer to going to the loo as "making a deposit".

Vox O'Malley said...

My wife is an English teacher. She needs to work things out with a calculator.

Rachel's Small Corner said...

Surely that is making things more difficult? I think its best to stick to using pencil and paper...

whynotsmile said...

People... please. Behave.

QMonkey said...

i was watching one of those 'grumpy old...' programs on BBC2 a while ago... it they were talking about 'class' eg whether its common to say serviette rather than napkin (it is)... or lavatory rather than toilet.. Apparently toilet is the correct way to go (nothing that sounds to French they said)

whynotsmile said...

Thank you QMonkey. That helps. I think I shall say 'toilet' from now on.