Busy weekend - during which the living room furniture was rearranged twice and I was made to strip off outside the back door!
Saturday morning Beth went off to her job at the local sandwich shop only to return 20 minutes later - turns out the woman who owns it has decided it's not worth opening on Saturdays until February. So that was the shortest lived Saturday job I've ever known - I hope she phones her up and offers her the job back in the new year.
At lunchtime we went off to get a Christmas tree, we chose a nice looking one which cost us £30. The man offered us a bigger one for the same price but we declined. We got the tree back to the house and passed it in through the window. It was only when we put it in the stand and cut off the netting that we realised that it was bigger than it had seemed in the yard where we bought it. It wasn't too bad but we did have to cut about two inches off the top to get the fairy on. We did however have to move the sofas forward to accommodate all the branches. Still it'll look nice when we get all the lights on it.
The rest of the day was spent shopping - for Christmas prezzies and food. I did have an awful moment when I went to pick up a quilt we had had drycleaned. I handed over my card and it was declined - aaaarrrgggggghhhhhh! I quickly handed over a credit card. How could I be overdrawn it was only the 10th - had someone taken money out of my account - worry worry worry. It was made worse by the fact that I had to go and pick one of the girls up so it was another 45 minutes before I could go to a cash point and check. Thankfully there was still money there - maybe I'd tapped my pin in wrong - phew!
Sunday morning I had the wonderful task of trying to unblock a drain. I'd bought some rubber gloves and I tied a scarf round my nose to block out the smell. Unfortunately for me the water was deeper than the length of my gloves and so it wasn't long before it has slopped over the top - ugh. I tried everything but it still wouldn't budge. I was cold, wet, smelly and I'd banged my head on the tap. Sarah made me undress outside the backdoor and put all my clothes into a bin bag.
Just time for a shower and a quick cuppa before I had to set off to go and pick up the piano I bought on ebay. I had to drive up to the office and pick up one of the vans and then go and collect it. Bloody hell they are heavy and to make things worse the bloke I bought it off wouldn't let us roll it across his polished wood floor. Luckily he let us slide it on his rug and once we got it out the front door and onto the trolly it was ok. Thank goodness for taillifts is all I'm saying.
Back at the house we had to rearrange the furniture again to get the piano into the living room via the conservatory. I was helped in this endevour by a friend called Graham and afterwards a cup of tea seemed to be inadequate as a reward - may have to buy him a bottle of something. Still the piano looks nice, needs tuning obviously but seems to work - not bad for £31.50.
In the evening we went out for a meal at a little pub in a village near Faversham. We had booked a table for 8:30 but arrived a little late. I've been going here for 7 or 8 years on and off and they've always been lovely so it was a little upsetting to be greeted with "You're late" and be told they weren't sure if we could still eat - if we had been half an hour late I could have understood but 10 minutes!?!
In the end we have a lovely meal and as we left the door was held open for us by Shaun Williamson (Barry from Eastenders) as it is his local - nice man! The reason we went out for a meal - see my next blog!