Comments: We have a roof structure!

One mug is a small price to pay for effective workmen.

Posted by Caroline Greenwell on 21 August, 2021 at 9:04 PM

Yes sacrificial mugs are the way forward

Posted by Debster on 21 August, 2021 at 11:33 PM

Be grateful you have workmen. We've been trying for months to get someone to repoint our chimneystack. Builders who can do anything within the next 12 months are impossible to find!

Posted by Tim W on 22 August, 2021 at 7:35 AM

Tim - where's your sense of adventure? Hire a scaffolding tower and get a pointing tool! Mr BW knows the magic formula for pointing mortar, so let him know when you've managed to find sand and cement and he'll let you have it :) Otherwise, if you haven't found someone by the time he has finished all the jobs here, I'll hire him out...

Posted by Blue Witch on 22 August, 2021 at 8:13 AM

What is winding me up isn't the mugs that are disappearing or getting broken, but the fact there now aren't enough for a new one to be used each time drinks are made.

I'm not happy about hand washing mugs during the day for re-use, in the current circumstances, as it risks transferring any 'bugs' onto my kitchen surfaces and hands, or, indeed, to cross-contamination if someone else uses the mug a second time and it hasn't been properly washed.

My system is balancing the tray of drinks on top of a dedicated washing up bowl full of a bleach/washing up liquid solution, into which they put used cups. At the end of the day the cups go in a hot dishwasher wash, so there is no chance that any nasty virus or other germs can get into the house.

Problem very easily solved of course - I've just ordered another dozen mugs. £16 to take away the concern. They'll be here tomorrow. Now, why didn't I think of that before....

Posted by Blue Witch on 22 August, 2021 at 8:21 AM

My sense of adventure is firmly based at ground level, alas. Also, the problem is not accessible from a scaffold tower: it needs a scaffold "bridge" over a conservatory :(

Posted by Tim W on 22 August, 2021 at 2:25 PM

Scaffold bridge over conservatory = £3K I'd guess Tim. Good luck...

If you hired the scaffolder we had, he'd probably rest the poles on the glass and say the builders could walk on the conservatory roof to get to where they needed to be...

Mind you, Chief Builder did tell me the other day that aforesaidmentioned scaffolder won't forget the 'DO NOT PUT THE MAIN SUPPORTING POLES ON AN OLD COAL BUNKER HELD TOGETHER WITH OLD WASHING LINE BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER' lesson I taught him.

Posted by Blue Witch on 22 August, 2021 at 9:37 PM