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bathroom impasse

January 16, 2008

DSCN1969.jpg The Man and I had a very nice time in Venice. Now I am back in France but part of me wishes that I was still in St Mark’s Square sipping cappuccinos at €9 a pop, or gazing lustfully at €30,000 chandeliers in Murano. The problem (apart from my erratically functioning broadband connection) is my bathroom. I may have mentioned some months ago that the makeover had begun. To begin with, all went swimmingly well. The new skylight, super-flat shower tray and watery green mosaic tiling were installed expertly and sans problem. But just as I was expecting my dear old plumber to return and do the final fix - for as you can see, it lacks the magical ingredient known as taps - his wife called to say that he was in hospital. (Honestly, the lengths that plumbers will go to to avoid working for me!)

After several weeks with no news I started to fear the worse. Not knowing the nature of the illness, it seemed inappropriate to phone and chase. Instead, I just resigned myself to driving 15km for a shower. But today, I plucked up the courage to call his mobile, figuring that I could at least wish him a speedy recovery. I was taken by surprise when he answered with a gruff ‘allo’ since I had imagined he would still be in his hospital bed. After a polite enquiry about his health, I asked when he might be able to come and finish the shower.

‘This afternoon,' was the unexpected reply. I was so thrilled that I forgot to ask the all-important question: ‘what time exactly?’ And so I waited in - popping out only for ten minutes to the bakery - but no-one showed up. Worse, I found a message from my decorator who was due to return yesterday to paint the bathroom walls and ceiling. ‘Unfortunately, I am working on a new job’ he said. ‘And it is going to last two months. So I cannot come back until then.’ Was it, I wonder, something I said?

comments (4)

1. Posted by queen of provence on January 17, 2008 8:29 AM

Probably! xx

2. Posted by Ivana Spank on January 17, 2008 2:26 PM

15 km for a shower...will this be fixed before I come to stay? I will need facilites for the wedding preparations you know? No hose pipes in the courtyard for me please.

IS xx

3. Posted by Chris on January 17, 2008 4:11 PM

I share your pain - I waited at home for a table top delivery for which we paid for a 2-hour window of delivery and they turned up 4 hours after the specified (and paid for) time!

4. Posted by Lewis on January 17, 2008 6:35 PM

what do you do to these plumbers that makes them run for the hills?

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