Monday, 10 January 2011

Stone #7

The wind whips away another layer, stripping back my shame for the world to see.

I live in a crumbly old house which is, literally, falling down around my ears. The problem is I can't afford to fix it, and I can't afford to move. Of course, 'Tales' knows many people in this world don't have a roof over their heads, and is grateful to live in beautiful countryside, but I never imagined I'd be such a source of consternation to my neighbours.

They are lovely neighbours, and rescue me from many a disaster, but the sight of them shaking their heads together over the dodgy plaster falling off my house, has left me rattled and ashamed. I know they despair of the unkempt vibe generated by my being supremely useless at practical, 'householdery' tasks. Thing is though, the falling plaster has actually made quite a nice hole, shaped, interestingly, like the outline of France. Every time the wind blows, a little bit more falls off.

I am single-handedly lowering the tone of the neighbourhood... Oh well, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it!


  1. Have a diy party! Invite them all round, but they have to bring a bottle.... plus tools and materials. :D

  2. Hi Sam! I really like this post, and I have no idea where you are in the world, but this paints such a clear picture for me. And while I understand your worry about the neighbors, I think that far from lowering the tone of the neighborhood, you're maybe helping to set everyone in some charming story/film set-like environment. (At least, this is the effect of your writing, so: many points for you!) You may be the slightly quirky neighbor-character in this little vignette, but I bet your neighbors like you fine, and anyone who notices that the hole left by the crumbling plaster is shaped like France is okay by me! ;-)

  3. Eliza, that's a great idea, I hadn't thought of doing that. It's my birthday soon too!

    Amy, thank you for your kind comments... I might print them out and hand copies round next time eyebrows are being raised! I give my neighbours something to talk about, that's for sure!


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