Stormin’ Norman Saves the Day!

Frequent readers of this “Escape” blog may have noticed a lessening recently in frequency of my posts, mainly due to me being incredibly busy…  Let me explain.

We’ve recently celebrated Debbie’s 59th birthday, the same day as the “grudge” England vs. Wales rugby match!  Emma made a flying visit from Glasgow with 2 return trips to Cardiff airport for yours truly and also Debbie & I enjoyed our 27th Valentine’s day together!

Emma cooked the Victoria sponge & James lit the tea light candle!

What with trying on and buying new clothes for Alex’s wedding next month, we’ve also had to contend with the rather embarrassing leak in our roof recently as mentioned in my last post.  After some rather precarious climbing about our roof without any scaffolding in place the leak was fixed over three days, with day one an abortive fix, day 2 a deep investigation as to the root cause and day three final fix with brand new flashing kit.

This left Debbie and I quite exhausted so luckily we had about a week’s “breather” to recharge our batteries as unfortunately Hamish and Molly go mad whenever they see strangers around the house and it’s a real effort to keep them calm.


Anyway our favourite David Wilson New Home Customer Care decorator Norman came yesterday to sort out James’ room which involved relaying the underlay and carpet with new grippers and repainting the surrounds where the roofers had clambered in and out of the room.  That room was finished the same day, but the repairs to Emma’s room & the family bathroom needed to dry out overnight.

Just like new!

The fact that we are covered to August 2021 is amazing as it covers plumbing, heating as well as repairs to kitchen units and any tapes that get blown.  Here’s the list I sent through and coming back today it looks like Norman will finish the lot – apart from the outside electric and dehumidifier which have been completed already by others!

Outside rear

1. Clear loose debris in our guttering from under where the roof was fixed

2. Re-cement a loose brick now on our rear wall near the steps that needs new mortar

3. Replace cracked plastic high voltage box cover on the patio wall

James’ second floor bedroom

4. Remove dehumidifier

5. Refit window blinds

6. Refit underlay & carpet under the window that leaked

7. The plasterboard surrounding the windows needs repainting

Emma’s first floor bedroom

8. Renew tapes, fill and paint ceiling & walls

First floor family bathroom

9. Replace & paint tape in shower

Norman fixing our loose brick in the rear wall

“Our” Norman, who bears a striking resemblance to Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf, is a great worker with real attention to detail and Debbie and I are overjoyed about  the quality of his work.

Now the General was always one of my favourite leaders during the Gulf War and so I used to hang his some of his quotations up on my old Gartner office wall to inspire my own leadership style.  So in the spirit of not forgetting, I reproduce a selection of them dear readers for you to peruse below…

  1. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
  2. The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
  3. It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
  4. You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.
  5. True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.
  6. You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.
  7. When asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harboured and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America his answer was…”I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting…

Norman Schwarzkopf

So all’s well that ends well & fingers crossed it all seems to be going really well and we can get our lives back to normal tomorrow!


Stormin’ Norman Saves the Day!

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