My friends bought a quaint old cottage in a remote Devon village.
It needed completely modernising and they began by pulling up the tatty ancient stair carpet. Unfortunately the stairs then collapsed, having been held together by the carpet!
When stripping walls in friends new house we found several holes which had been badly filled by a builder or the previous owner.
They had used as little proper building materials as possible, and instead filled the holes with boxer shorts, socks and vests.
I always wondered if they were naked by the time they finished the renovations!
When I was a kid my family and I moved house. We had to move in with my great uncle for a couple of weeks until our new house was available. Big mistake! My uncle had lived alone for some years in a large old Victorian house. The house had not changed for years and all of his things were from the 1960s or older and had never really been used.
The first thing to happen was my mother wanted to turn up the heating. This caused one of the radiators to leak, which in turn soaked through the floor and through to the room below. The first we knew of this was when puddles started appearing on the rather expensive parquet flooring. It had run down the velvet curtains ultimately
causing them to shrink.
My mum then proceeded to do some washing in the rather antiquated washing machine. Unfortunately the seal had perished and the machine leaked, flooding the kitchen.
A couple of days later the toilets all got blocked due to the increased usage so my dad had to spend the next few days down the sewers removing the ‘waste’. My uncle attempted to use a metal rod at one stage and managed to smash the toilet which had to be replaced. Being an antique toilet it wasn’t a cheap replacement. All in all it was an eventful time and one I’ll never forget!
I well remember showing a gentleman around a house when I was an estate agent. He wanted to see everything and asked to go down to see the cellar. When I opened the door he went down thinking there were steps but in fact it was a sheer drop!!
Fortunately he dropped into an old bath filled with foam so he wasn’t hurt too much only his pride and my job.
But finally, through good or bad moments or wherever any of us end up living……