Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Nothing to spend but time
Hello Dear Reader,
Another no spend day and how I didn't pay the plumber.
Here, in deepest darkest Cornwall - we have almost 0% visibility, with 100% Humidity. It's the first day in a long while that I've been trapped in all day.
The day didn't start well. We have old toilets with large cisterns that use a lot of water. I wanted a plumber to change the syphon systems so they would only flush six litres. The plumber turned up and just wanted to change both toilets, even though I had explained what I wanted. I didn't like him when I asked for his:ID, proof of qualifications and proof of limited liability insurance, accidental damage insurance and whether a warranty would be provided, I also wanted his company full name and address and proof of relevant qualifications. He had none and was embarrassed that I'd asked. He went on his way and I called the company to explain why I didn't let him in and they were defensive. "We're not rogue traders you know" he said to me down the phone. I explained that I didn't know that and didn't have money to waste. If you would like a comprehensive list of questions to ask any trader, you can down load an 'app'(trustmark) for your phone or go to the website www.trustmark.org.uk. You can use the app to keep a log of the conversation so you can remember what you both agreed when you let someone in to give you an estimate/quote. Don't ever accept an 'estimate' and only a quote backed up with a contract even if it's only for your syphon systems being replaced.
The end of that debacle was that I didn't let him in so he couldn't charge me for the call out and I won't be using that company.
Trapped by the rain, I gave the house a good clean and set about turning a skirt into a scarf. It's a sort of flattened out tube and easier enough to make even though the skirt was cut on the bias.
Another job I did today was to mend the broken apron. It had lost one of the apron strings off the back so I substituted it with part of the tie of the wrap around skirt which I had de-constructed to make the scarf. I'll say it again, I can never have too many tea towels or aprons.
I'm aching from quilting - it's a huge thing to balance, move and hold on to - I'm a quarter of the way there and will do a couple of square feet a day. It keeps me dry and out of the rain.
You can see in the photo below some of the bubbly design and where I've yet to quilt.
Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx