The bathroom lights arrive from London. The Amazon courier leaves them in the downstairs hallway . For some reason he hasn't rung the bell or waited for a signature . As I pick up the box I can hear the dispiriting sound of hundreds of tiny pieces of broken glass jingling together. A closer examination shows that the lights metal frames have remained intact but all the glass panels have shattered.
The builders, who have managed to turn the house into a passable imitation of a bomb site, choose this moment to announce that they won't be back until next week. '' We've got an urgent job for an old lady " says the foreman. Angus tries, unsuccessfully, to point out that the Rickety Old Farmhouse is an urgent job. '' See you Monday. Maybe " says the foreman as he leaves.
An afternoon spent on the Phone to Amazon and the fancy builder with the shiny black Mercedes the size of Kansas. Amazon refund the money immediately. Replacements on their way. The builder says he'll see what he can do. '' I'll try to get the team back on Friday ".
Bob and Sophie discover the elasticated ropes that keep the net over the pool cover in place. Hours of endless fun.
With the rain finally gone , today is the day for opening the pool. Miss Sophie may get a bit of a surprise if she tries her walking on water trick this afternoon.