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Last minute 'snags'

Where was my crystal ball

sunny 24 °C

A few weeks ago we had a problem with the saniflo system in our cloakroom. The chap who fixed this pointed out that the cistern had a leak. Our friendly plumber fixed this but a day later we had a large pool of water so he had to come back and found a second leak. Once that lot settle, we thought all was settling down.

Our dishwasher then flooded and after some palaver was replaced although we had to get someone else in to fit it due to the plumbing that had been put in when the kitchen was refitted a few years ago. Was this the third thing? Oh no! We started getting showers which ran hot and cold and washing up was similarly amusing. Our usual gas plumber came and ummed and aaahed and departed on a week's leave. Today I called in another firm and they have confirmed that we need the boiler replaced but they should be able to do that while we are away - per favour of one or other of one of our key holding friends or relatives.

Enough? Well, you would think so but I couldn't contact the bloke in Perth with whom I had been dealing for our camper trailer. A few weeks ago he said delivery would be about 21 June. I called the Sydney office and was told that it had been collected 5 June and was on its way by "the best means of transport available" - camel train perhaps? Today I spoke to someone else in Sydney who said that the Perth office had closed last weekend but that he would find where our trailer is and call me back - did he? Of course not.

So - we may or may not have a trailer and if we do it may be later than planned which will shorten some early stops. If it doesn't turn up, I shall be doing battle with the suppliers and will develop a Plan B which will require some radical changes to our travel plans.

At least I haven't been bored and Judith is finding out how exciting being retired can be.

Come what may, we are off to Heathrow on Monday and will be in Perth on Wednesday.

Posted by SteveJD 15:21 Archived in United Kingdom

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