Comments: Day 16 of the builders tomorrow

And indeed, are they employees or do builders still get away with making all their workers be self employed?
Hope they turned up, anyway.

I have never seen so few wasps as this year, though there were a number of queens (and hornets) overwintered in the house. They'll turn up in a month or two, when they want fruit.

Posted by Z on 12 July, 2021 at 9:56 AM

Swallow deterrent: netting?
Wasps: can't remember when I saw one last.
Blackmail material: threaten to tell HMRC about cash in hand payments...
Football: thank goodness it's over. Couldn't care less about the result.

Posted by Tim W on 12 July, 2021 at 10:42 AM

It's only one particular person (who only comes in late on in the process) who insists on being paid cash, and the others (who are employed) are very resentful (and rightly so). I'm keeping that gem of knowledge up my sleeve for use if/as necessary, if any 'additions' to the fixed price are threatened.

The 2 lads turned up at 8.30am without black armbands. They didn't get my little joke about that either. Never mind. They are on swallow nest watch. The area is huge, and with lots of nooks and crannies, it is impossible to net it, or to seal what was a big double garage door and a single door hole.

Scaffolder - works alone! - turned up at 10am. He has clearly been told what will befall him if he isn't careful around the plants we left in by the wall that we want to keep!

Posted by Blue Witch on 12 July, 2021 at 11:48 AM

Rocks and pillars?
Don't let the county archaeologist know otherwise your work could become interesting.
Hopefully just a lot of rocks thrown in for the barn foundations!

Posted by delcatto on 12 July, 2021 at 5:48 PM

It is delcatto. Probably stones from what was once an animal shelter building, the foundations of which are still hidden in the grass in the bottom corner of the field we have leased.

There are millions of similar rocks around these parts (if Robson Green is to be believed, many were plundered from Hadrian's Wall). The builders think it is hilarious that such rocks are £20 a pop down south in a garden centre. To them they are just skip-fodder that they see every day. Similarly, the insurance broker staff cannot believe that we live in a house built in the 1600s that isn't listed. They couldn't list half the buildings in these parts!

Posted by Blue Witch on 12 July, 2021 at 6:01 PM

Don't talk to me about wasps

Posted by Debster on 12 July, 2021 at 11:22 PM