Week 17 – A Bike Trip and Builders

In which I Cycle 158k and Run 18k.

I noticed this among overgrowth by the roadside near Haslemere on Sunday. Having grown up in a country at peace I find it hard to believe that it was not so long ago that we were preparing to do battle in the leafy lanes of Sussex, and I never cease to be grateful that it didn’t come to that.

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Quite by chance, I happened upon John Donne’s old gaffe too, by the Wey and Arun Canal.

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On reaching the Thames, I was rather taken by this grand old building.

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Thursday 23rd April. Another day wasted waiting in for next door’s builder to rectify damage. One necessary bike trip undertaken (4k).

Friday. Finally, the builder arrives & replaces the slates he has broken – but the morning has gone. A Buddhist Centre afternoon (5k by bike).

Saturday. The usual Parkrun 5k and a personal best once again – this time by 28 seconds.

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Then, in the afternoon, by train and bike to visit my friend Tony in Sussex which racked up 38k of cycling.

Sunday. A leisurely ride back from Midhurst in Sussex. I found myself crossing the Wey & Arun Canal, so  I followed the towpath up to Weybridge where it meets the Thames, and took the Thames Path to Richmond and a train home from there. 91k and a very peaceful, traffic-free ride, with some interesting sights thrown in.

Monday. The builders from next door turn up to do a small job turning a window into a door. They turn the house upside down and take up virtually the whole day. Against the odds I manage a 3k run and 14k on the bike. When I get back I notice they have made an elementary mistake casting the new sill and have to spend part of the evening correcting it.

Tuesday. Day 2 of the builders. It’s like having a herd of elephants running round the house – they even manage to break a perfectly good broom sweeping a path. I hover like a mother hen trying to limit their destructiveness – when I do leave for a 7k run (in 35″26′ and which takes my mind off the stress) and 6k cycle, I get back to find that one has fallen down the stairs and broken the sill which he made wrong yesterday and I corrected! He has now taken my stepladders and I am typing this wondering how he is going to find a way to break them.

Wednesday. A disappointing end to the week as the builders were back and sucking my time and energy, so I achieved nothing. When they left I noticed an error in their work which will have to be corrected. Annoying. Very.

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4 thoughts on “Week 17 – A Bike Trip and Builders”

  1. There are builders on both sides of me. They’re not even in my house but I’m annoyed to hell. I can’t even sit in my garden with a cuppa. My belated sympathies to you. I hope it’s all OK now.

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    1. Nothing had been arranged but one of them was waiting outside my house in the rain when I got back from my swim at around 9am. He had neither the tools nor all the materials to finish the job so I sent him away. No more Mr Nice Guy!

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