Friday, September 16, 2022
A Hole in the Wall
This is what our patio looks like at the moment. I came home from work yesterday to find that flimsy-looking scaffold and a big chunk of the upstairs wall missing! Now, when the Russians said they were replacing a window, I assumed they meant with a window of the same size -- but that apparently isn't the case. They seem to be going with something bigger, like a French door. Which is weird, because they have nothing for a door to open onto. There's no balcony.
I sent these photos to our landlords and said, "Ummmm...just an informational e-mail to let you know THIS is going on." The landlords wrote back that they knew about -- and in fact are helping to pay for -- the pending roof repairs but didn't realize this wall would be removed. (The Russians own their flat, so I guess they're under no obligation to inform our landlords, but this certainly could affect the downstairs property too.)
The landlords expressed concern about our privacy on the patio with longer windows. I said that wasn't such a concern -- I was more worried about the wall removal causing leaks or damage to our bedroom ceiling.
So, anyway, that's where we stand. Who knows what the heck is going on.
Oh, and I haven't seen any of the workers, so I can't report on the presence or absence of hunky scaffold man. But looking at that scaffold, I'd guess we're dealing with different people.
On a lighter note, here's a shirt on a mannequin at a kids' clothing store on the high street. A couple of royal guards walking the Queen's corgis, with street signs for Windsor Castle and Balmoral Castle in the background! I love it and I'd buy one myself if they carried my size. I'm assuming they ordered them long before the recent news, and now there's a little tinge of sadness in the image, but I guess the Corgis are still around and must surely still be walked.
Meanwhile, the news from the USA included the craziest "Florida Man" story I think I've ever read. A guy gets lost in a swamp, an alligator EATS HIS ARM, and he stumbles around for a couple of days (!!!) before being rescued. The whole thing sounds frankly unbelievable, but apparently it happened.