Wednesday, 3 November 2010

What goes around

I saw Mr Rooney, our eco-warrior builder, this afternoon. 

He has been ripping up the concrete near our side stairs for the past two mornings. 

It's great. We need the old concrete to be out of the way for the new stairs to be built and Mr Rooney needs the rubble for the Sisters of St Joseph. They need backfill. Mr Rooney is assisting them.

I hadn't realised that Mr Rooney removed more of the old concrete this morning. He said he dropped in while I was out doing the groceries.

Under the side stairs
He's a very fast worker, because I was only out for an hour or so. And the morning before while I was running a few errands, he was just as quick and left before I arrived home.

A bit of a Scarlet Pimpernel is our Mr Rooney.

(We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel)

So far, he's removed over a tonne of concrete rubble from our property and the nuns are just over the moon with their backfill (I'm making an assumption there).

I'm loving this reciprocal relationship we are having with the nuns. They give us their unwanted RSJs for our stair landing and we give them our unwanted rubble. 

Soon we'll be tweeting together. What are the chances?

p.s A big HELLO to dear sweet Alex! xx


  1. Sounds like a match made in heaven - Hah! ;-)

  2. It's important to have contented nuns. You don't want an cranky nun.

  3. Your house is blessed! Is that a sword the Scarlet Pimpernel has?

  4. He looks like a bit of a Spartacus too - what's that he's holding? A Roman short-sword???

  5. 'He said he dropped in while I was out doing the groceries."

    Groceries! Talk about misheard. I thought you said rosaries.

    Given the choice of armament and the state of the shoe laces, I'm guessing that the dude with the sword has to be a Jacobite of some description

    Mr Rooney

  6. Mr Rooney,
    you put us all to shame with your knowledge of history, your intellect, your wit and your ability to cart concrete!

    You should be building cathedrals! Maybe you are?!

  7. Mr Rooney's bound to go to heaven with that clientèle. Failing that, can you send him my way...I have big thick ugly quarry tiles that need to go to their own heaven :)

  8. Dear Mr Rooney,
    Would you please build me a house?
    Love A-M xx

  9. Mr Rooney when I hear about you I get all swoony! (For your thoughtful reciprocal building arrangements that is)


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