Jonathan: Today I announced at work that I will end working full time with Mouchel. There’s no stepping back from that now. I will officially remain an employee, but only working the hours I’m actually needed and working at home in Uist. The talk with my boss about my future plans took place along with my 6-monthly review. I’d put as my career development objectives that I want to change to a part-time casual status. That’s the first time that any objective I’ve ever put to management has ever been agreed to and has come about – and immediately too!Just one week to go until I’ve a week at home in Uist: then 3 weeks of full-time work left. I just can’t wait!
Denise: The couple staying at Carrick called round this evening, complaining of an unpleasant ‘drains’ smell in the house. Was it coming from the utility? No. So not the trap of the floor drain dried out again (simple remedy – pour in some water). Smell generally everywhere – seems to be coming from the ventilation. Oh dear! This was reported by another guest back in spring, but only briefly. This couple seem a bit more put out by it. The problem seems to occur only when the weather is very still, and the when the temperature is falling, so that warm air from the soil vent doesn’t rise, but falls back and drifts around the roof. – the intake of the ventilation system sucks it back in. Jonathan has been investigating it and has a remedy in hand (somethiing to do with air-admittance valves), but not complete. Now needs to be completed when he’s home in a couple of weeks. Meantime, the only remedy I could give was to turn up the ventilation system and open the windows (with care). I went round later and the smell had certainly cleared. But that’s risky if the weather turns wet and especially if its windy. That said, if its windy the odour problem should not occur. Oh the joys of letting property! How on earth do owners manage when they don’t live anywhere nearby – they are totally dependent on their local help!
Denise: Tilly is unquestionably a very bright and loving dog. But she also has her problems. Mainly it’s that she doesn’t like being separated from me even for a few moments. if I put her out behind the house (with makeshift barricades until Jonathan comes home and makes something better) and I walk up the garden to serve a customer: if she hears me talking she’ll bully her way out and race up the garden to join me, sometimes alarmig the customer! Or if I leave her in the house, then she’ll wet on the hall carpet – even though she’s just been let out a few mintues ago. I go into the bathroom to use the loo, and I come out to find …. yest you’ve guessed. And yet she’ll go through the night without any problem. Jonathan says that it’s to do with her experience with her previous owner: she was left all day in a residential caravan whilst her owner was out of work, and the sense of both abandonment during the daytime and heightened dependency on humans when they are present has resulted in this pattern of behaviour. There were similar problems with Dusky (our black cat) earlier in the year, and Jonathan’s analysys and advice proved spot on then, so hopefully we’ll find a solution for Tilly, too. I hope so, ‘cos at the moment this is stretching my patience!