Our latest home owners coming home reaction, we had left for our next assignment.
Such a lovely homecoming, with supper in the fridge, photos in the sitting room, a vase of flowers and cake for tea! We felt very spoilt and very grateful for all you have done to take care of things here. It's a pity that Open Gardens isn't this weekend because there is still time for John's handiwork to be masked by weeds, so we'll have to get out there with the hoes and secateurs. Please thank him for quite unlooked-for and much-appreciated applied expertise.
**The Village Hall flood was a surprise and I saw a plumber's van outside this morning so presumably all will be sorted out. Did you know it's a retired 1st World War army hut and has survived nearly a century of alterations, re-cladding and multiple uses? There is a key in the cupboard inside our back door though I'd never thought to tell our house-sitters - I will now!
The Lord of the Manor received us with muted enthusiasm and looks very well and sleek. He got really excited this morning when he realised that he could get into the office again and lie on John's desk and computer keyboard but made such a nuisance of himself that he was eventually evicted.
I found a maroon shopping bag from Vermont in the utility room this morning, which I guess is yours; would you like me to put it in the post to you? It's as light as a feather.
Thank you again and we'll be delighted if your travel plans and ours allow for a return to Chelsworth at some point.
Best wishes from us both"
** I was watering in the garden on Monday last week when a frantic young woman called out "Is you husband there" "No, why?" "The boiler in the village hall has broken and there's water everywhere, I can't stop it"
I had wellies on at the time, very fortuitous. I rushed across the road to the Village Hall with her and sure enough the kitchen was flooded and water was creeping, well a little faster than that, into the main hall.
"Where's the stop cock?" (water shut off) I asked., "I don't know" off I run out side, it had to be there somewhere obvious place to look? Near the back where the kitchen water supply was. Found it! Took the cover off, no shut off tap a key was needed. "Do you know where the turn off key is?" "No!" OK, need a key, go to a nearby house someone may have one (did not know where the one in the house I was looking after was) .... yes there is a lesson to be learned here as we tell all our home owners .... gentleman at the house I called at come to the rescue with his shut off key.
Water stopped all that was left was the clean up ...... the poor souls who get flooded out with 2 or 3 feet of stinking, dirty water have every ounce of my sympathy. It was bad enough clearing up a couple of inches of clean water but clean up we did!
Lesson to Home Owners: Always tell your house sitters where the stop cock/key/tap is and make certain it's written in your Home Owner's Manual!!!
Angela has been traveling the world for the past 40 years. Her career in International Marketing took her across Canada and the US and since the mid 80s has lived in Italy, N. Africa, India, Singapore and other parts of SE Asia with husband John, a Petroleum Engineer, now retired. Self-professed nomads with a shared passion for travel and animals, they continue to travel the world having adopted an affordable travel lifestyle: Pet and house sitting. Some five continents, many amazing homes and wonderful four legged friends later, Angela is the resident in-house expert, advising home owners and house sitters at Trusted House Sitters and a regular contributor to travel blogs sharing experiences of life away from the travel brochures, living like the locals. You can read more at www.housesittingperfected.com.