The end is nigh… hopefully…

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Regular readers may recall that in April last year, an unseen leak had brought a kitchen cupboard crashing down from the wall at my son’s home. Plumbers, builders and insurance assessors were called… and by October, the kitchen wall had been torn down, ready for rebuilding.

That meant that the wetroom wall was also missing… a tad awkward for a while.

The wall was duly reinstated, but while the kitchen was more or less finished, the wetroom was in need of being stripped out and completely redone, as the expensive travertine tiles Nick had installed could not be matched. And as the floor, relaid by the same company the previous year after another leak, was not draining as it should, everything would need to come out and be redone…

“First job after the New Year,” they said.

By March, work had still not started and then lockdown stopped play altogether. To be fair, the workmen had left the place tidy, but Nick’s whole house has felt depressingly messy and grubby for over a year now, no matter what I do.

Today, work finally started again, leaving Nick with no wetroom or shower and only the most precarious access to the toilet. No matter how helpful the workmen are being, this is not a good situation for anyone, let alone someone with severe mobility issues.

I mention all this because it will mean my being present at my son’s home even longer than usual every day… plus I will be ferrying him between his home and my shower daily.

So… if I seem a little absent over the next few weeks, this will be why.

Meanwhile, as Nick looks forward to a bright, new, shiny wetroom… I ‘look forward’, with far less enthusiasm, to spring cleaning every nook and cranny of his home as soon as the workmen have finished…

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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54 Responses to The end is nigh… hopefully…

  1. Sadje says:

    Totally understandable. Hope it gets done speedily and well.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Deep joy… I know these things are sent to try us but why does it have to be so hard at times 😅….. Sending you both inner strength and at the risk of you both hitting me yesterday’s one liner Wednesday. With love 💜💜💜

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  3. beth says:

    And it seems that this always takes so much longer than expected, even without the virus. Just do what you can in the meantime, that’s a lot added to your daily plate

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  4. Wrapping you both in much <3, Sue. What a pain in the whatsit…<3

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    Sometimes that little light at the end of the tunnel seems to flicker… fingers crossed it never goes out, Sue…


  6. Good luck. I’m sure both you and Nick will be relieved when this is dealt with. In the meantime, I’m sure Ani will be glad of Nick’s daily visits to your place. 😉

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  7. Mary Smith says:

    I hope they don’t take too long to get the job done, Sue. Good luck with the ‘spring’ cleaning afterwards.

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  8. We all need to step away at times, Sue. And this seems like a good enough excuse! Take care of yourself.


  9. quiall says:

    Is it an old Chinese curse that says: May you live in interesting times . . .

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  10. I’m sure it will be wonderful when it’s done. You’re a good mum, Sue. ❤


  11. Alli Templeton says:

    At least they’ve got started at last. Take care, both of you, and I’m sure all the hassle will be worth it in the long run when Nick has his shiny new wet room. ❤


  12. Jim Borden says:

    that would be incredibly frustrating; hopefully when it is all finished you can just think about how nice it is that Nick has a new wetroom and laugh at everything that came before that…


  13. Glad things are getting sorted, but what a pain! Take care with the extra ferrying.


  14. Adele Marie says:

    My sympathies to Nick and you, Sue. Our bathroom was supposed to be replaced by the council as the bath had cracked. I’ve been in the house for over twenty years and this is the first time they have decreed that we need a new one. Well, the bathroom has been in a state of flux since January, not helped by the lockdown. Good luck and hopefully as you say then end is nigh. xxx

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, dear, it seems it is one thing after another. I hope they get it done lickety-split! My best to Nick!


  16. Oh heck, hope it all gets sorted soon! I know what it’s like to live amongst a building site with constant dust, must be difficult for you both, good luck

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  17. joylennick says:

    Talk about ‘Sent to try you both’ Sue!. You’re a good Mum, that’s for sure. Wishing a speedier and satisfactory conclusion soonest… xx

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  18. Jennie says:

    This is a two edged sword, the wetroom (new word for me) is finally being done. Hooray and oh no. I do remember the leak and the cabinets coming down. I hadn’t put Covid into the picture of delaying the work for so long. Hats off to the best mum, ever!

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  19. dgkaye says:

    Omg, you surely have your work cut out for you Sue. On the brightside, his place is getting fixed, lol 🙂 ❤


  20. noelleg44 says:

    I’ve heard similar woes from friends of mine. Did you know Mae Clair has been living in a hotel since the pandemic started since they were remodeling their house. That doesn’t make it any easier, but you are loaded with energy, Sue, and you do love your boy. I have a mantra now – This too shall pass – repeat about 1000 times a day!

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I had read about Mae’s woes… that would drive me batty. Mind you, the whole pandemic thing is making me somewhat prickly at the moment. How can it be logical that I must wear a mask to do a thirty second dive into a shop for a loaf of bread, where I’ll come into contact with no-one and even pay by card at a self-service desk… when a dozen unmasked, ungloved, unwashed workmen traipse in and out of Nick’s home every day, and he’s a vulnerable person?
      The whole thing is getting very silly…


  21. Well, at least finally work IS starting. Everything is getting started here too. Finally. I hope, anyway.

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