Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The down side of country life.

I dont often write about personal things here but this issue is annoying me and making me laugh all at the same time. Its like a comedy of errors I swear it is! So grab a cuppa and "are you sitting comfortably....then I shall begin"

Last Thursday we had a knock at the door, it was a member of staff from the estate who are our landlords, we were told that they would be fixing the road tomorrow so could we please refrain from using the road???? Errr no I cant actually, its our only road of access and I have three trips to and from the school each day. The person looked a bit taken aback and asked if I could just limit use then. I wasnt totally happy about just how short notice this had been but what could I do....nothing really so I thought I would just have to suffer it. The next day came and went, no work done, and the weekend came and work done. Then yesterday, completely out of the blue they started and they just happened to start at 2:30pm.....half an hour before I had to pick up kids!! I had no choice but to ask politely if they could let me out and would I be able to get back in, the guys let me out but told me I couldnt get back in! Great...its only my house afterall!!! So I had to dump the car halfway home and walk myself and kids up the now sticky road doing my best to stick to the sides but still we both got our shoes covered in tar.

Today its raining so I thought that they wouldnt be doing the road HA! They appeared just as I left to pick up the little ones from nursery. Now here is the part that started me laughing, I am still not sure if its because I found it funny or if it was my marbles leaving the building. When we tried to get back the road was blocked....this time its a phone company and GUESS what they are doing. YUP they are DIGGING the road up...right where the road lot just fixed it!

Now I love my house, we are lucky to live in such a beautiful place but in this day and age how hard would it be for the estate to call and say all this was happening, or even put a letter in the post! Having got a lift through a field by a very kindly guy in the rain it turns out the road guys are furious about us using the road and the volume of traffic, I can understand that too, all it would have taken is for better communication to all of us...and maybe even doing something clever like waiting until next week when the kids are off and when I can afford to not be using the car. SIGH


Blogger Aberdonian said...

Oh dear, Cairi! That's some bad coordination!

1:07 pm  
Blogger Kate said...

When did planning and organisation ever come into roadworks? :-P

A day's notice to change your entire schedule and then they don't turn up? Ha!

2:42 pm  
Blogger Lothlorian said...

my thoughts exactly, I wonder if they are all cyborgs and therefore dont have kids in school like us so just dont get it :/

2:58 pm  
Blogger Eve said...

well, I think the desition to do the road now rather than next week must have been taken by a man. They are very rarely aware of what goes on whilst they arent looking

4:25 pm  
Blogger The Gadabout Knitter said...

Oh no!! If they don't let you in or out, then you should tell them that they have to run all your errands for you!

2:30 pm  
Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

One thing I learn about organisation of stuff that involves bureaucracy is that they never think with you. ;-) *does a happy sarcastic tar-dance*

8:18 pm  
Blogger Suse-the-slow-knitta said...

how frustrating!!

9:56 pm  
Blogger Mia said...

Are you sure you are not talking about the way government works here in the us? It sounds like the roadwork that have been going on in town for over 3 years. It is a major road and the work was supposed to be have been done2 years ago. And it still isn't even close to being done.

And how much traffic is there on your road? IF they gave you little notice and failed to show up when they said, that is their problem. I suppose calling to the council office will do no good.

8:56 pm  

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