I am convinced that the great majority of Pugliese workmen have read Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd and in particular the brief speech by Bathsheba Everdine to her new farm workers. ” I shall be up before you are awake, afield before you are up and breakfasted before you are afield”. Quite how they obtained a copy I am not sure but it is a principle they practice especially when coming to work at a Brit house. They enjoy watching me stumble through the door bleary eyed and confused at 6.40 a.m. after they have lent on their car horn to announce their arrival. Dorme bene ( sleep well) Mike is their cry amidst hoots of laughter. So last night when Rosa phoned to say the electricians were coming this morning I vowed to be ready. I also expressed surprise. The lad who is the lead electrician is to be married in 2 days time. Surely he has better things to do I enquired. I mean in England two days before the wedding a prospective groom would be waking up in Prague or Budapest wondering which tram hit him in the night to give him such a headache or would be waking to find himself chained to a lampost in Blackpool or Morecombe but certainly not working. No said Rosa he wants to clear up outstanding work and do your patio lights.
During the pleasant summer of 2011 we decided we needed a patio in the garden. We had it built in 2012 and tiled in 2013. I admit to the charge that I got carried away. Maybe 600 sq, ft. is quite large for two people , maybe I also got a tad carried away doing another 600 sq.ft. of patio around the sides of the house but hey a guy needs space doesn’t he. Anyway it seems as well as space we need to have light hence the electricians.
It seems that my two hadn’t read Hardy I realised as I sat ready from 06.45 till 9.30 when they came down the driveway. Must have gone to a different school. They went at it like greyhounds and were done by midday. It was then I pointed out a light high up on the back of the house that I hadn’t been able to find a switch for. Up a ladder went one of them unscrewed the light and tested the bulb. Dud, so he replaced it, on came the light. But neither of them could find how to turn it off. They eventually turned off the fuse switches one by one. Only when the main box was turned off did it go off. Mystery they announced. Italian electricians they laughed and set off down the drive. I was left humming this
Oh and the Sod’s law which states” bad fortune will be tailored for the individual receiving it”. Well not only have we just had the coldest June for 40 years but the weather forecast for the next 7 days is rain everyday except Saturday ( when my electrician gets married) and the long range July forecast is continuing unsettled with more rain than normal.
Anyone want to buy some nice patio lights hardly used ??!