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Our Owl's exertions on the beach with her beautiful grandchildren reminded me of an advertisement years and years back for perhaps something like Phytosan (Fortifies the over 40s) or maybe it was Horlicks or something, anyway the advertisement showed a group of children literally run into the ground and having collapsed exhausted around a triumphant granny who had obviously won the race, or the cricket match or the football or whatever it was, and the parents of the children calling out 'Amanda, Julian, Lucy' (or whatever names were common then) 'You mustn't tire your Granny out!' - whereas of course it was the parents who were tired out, and the children collapsed, while Granny (having eaten? drunk?) her Phytosan was still running around like the proverbial Duracell bunny.

Still I am sure the children had a lovely time with their grandmother.
But yesterday I am afraid I did not have a lovely time. Mike came round. We got the pressure washer to work and then he left me and I pressure washed away the afternoon amid a lot of noise and water. The problem of course which I should have foreseen is that there isn't anywhere for the water to go and the patio gradually filled up like a muddy paddling pool. The washer dislodged earth from between the flags and around the flags, from pots and flower beds and so, and as fast as I was cleaning the stones they were being covered with a fine muddy silt exactly like those pictures of a serious flood.

The mud even splattered up the walls of the house and to add insult to injury my patio has gone from being an even browny-grey weathered colour to something like a builders' merchants yard. The result is brash and horrible. If I could go back in time to yesterday I would, and I still have this massive clearing up to do.

And I didn't even want to wash the patio - it was Mike's idea. "Why don't I lend you my pressure washer - bring those flags up a treat!"
Ah well! You have to laugh. The ups and downs of life. And the worst thing is that I have to pretend that I am grateful and how good the patio will look when it is finally swept and cleaned. But he meant well, did Mike.

"Always beware of people who mean well," says Jeffrey Bernard in the play. He may well be right.

Have a better day than I will.

Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 13th Apr 2017 - 08:33AM   Posted by Fennie   Mud Lark Comments: 9

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Fennie's Avatar And then amid all the mayhem there was a Robin calmly feeding its fledgling chick (I didn't even know they had started nesting!) on crumbs from the bird table. Almost fully fledged too. Life goes on despite all the evidence to the contrary! Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Apr 2017 at 08:35AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Laughing Oops.

Still, perhaps once it's dried and the earth has been brushed away the flagstones will look a treat.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 13th Apr 2017 at 11:05AM

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Fennie's Avatar Thanks for cheering me up! But the flag stones look cheap and nasty - a horrible concrete composite material which was nicely hidden behind 25 years of mud, algae, moss etc. Now they look horrid and all the old paint stains from where I have been painting things show up. I can imagine warm Bath stone but warm Bath stone these ain't! Evil or Very Mad

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Apr 2017 at 12:04PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Ah! not so good, a pint pot of out of date yoghurt should soon fix that though and encourage the algae and moss to recolonise and hide the paint stains. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 13th Apr 2017 at 01:11PM

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Fennie's Avatar Yes, that's an old trick. I new a builder once who used to spray yoghurt on the tiles of a new roof to produce an instant ageing effect.

The flags will weather again quite shortly I expect. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Apr 2017 at 01:43PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar "He meant well" the most damning thing you can say about anyone!!! Laughing

Posted by: Withy Brook on 13th Apr 2017 at 09:45PM

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Camilla's Avatar I could do with something to fortify the over 60's FennieVery Happy granny is tired out this morning being with the grandchildren but it has been worth it we have had so much fun.

Sorry to hear about the patio, is there not some spray paint by Cuprinol perhaps you could put on the patio to have quick cleaner effect? One would need to put on not a windy day and make sure it does not touch the outside area of the house. Google paint for patios surely there must be something to solve the matter Fennie.

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Apr 2017 at 10:28AM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you kindly for posting Fennie

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Apr 2017 at 10:28AM

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Fennie's Avatar I have it - the expression I was trying to remember. The patio looks like piglet after Kanga had washed him and Piglet was so horrified that he rolled all the way to within a 100 yards of his home and afterwards rolled the way back in the mud so that he could revert to his normal colour.

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Apr 2017 at 06:22PM

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