I’ve written about DIY before and while it’s something that I’m quite good at. It’s equally something I have no interest in. I will do DIY to save calling in a Handy person and having to pay their fee and when it’s 11pm, I feel the urge to put up a shelf/build flat pack furniture and that’s it. My partner is a keen DIYer and isn’t daunted by projects, no matter how large or dangerous.
Dangerous is the word here; our gutters needed clearing out and my partner, in his usual bouncy way, suggested he get an extra long ladder and get clearing. I reminded him of the week where he tripped over his own feet walking into a room, 3 times and banned him from going up any ladders other than the one to the loft to get the Christmas decorations down (when the time comes – it is still November and our house is a decoration free zone barring the Christmas doormat my step-daughter and I bought in Aldi last week).
Luckily my neighbour Barry (I’ve written before about having the best neighbours in the world – he’s it) recently quit his job to set up a franchise of Hire A Hubby. Once I got past the distinctly twee and un-feminist name I checked out what they did and couldn’t think of anyone more suited to the job. Barry’s house is pristine with not a single thing wrong with it. He is constantly working on and improving it and occasionally I’m such a bad neighbour, neglecting my shabby house, that he comes over and works on mine too.
In a bid to not have to deal with an Ambulance and the literal fall out of my partner on a very long ladder I called Barry to sort the gutters. Apparently there was not much wrong with them, other than a tennis ball blocking the downpipe. How did a tennis ball get on the roof and in the gutter? No-one in this house even plays tennis. I’ll just put it down to living with boys and move on. Whilst he was here I asked Barry to change a light fitting in the hall which looks amazing but has highlighted how shabby our hallway, complete with dried out water leak and falling down artex, is. Maybe I’ll let (read nag) my partner take on this job. As long as there are no ladders involved.