Don’t Panic

Before going out yesterday we set up the Christmas tree in anticipation of decorating it today. That was not to be.

We had to decant it into the garden.

Upon reflection it is a good thing that I was up at 6 a.m. this morning. Upon an early doorbell ringing I unlocked the front door to find the cheery face of Connor from Crestwood who had laid our kitchen floor at the beginning of 2018. He was here to lay a new sitting room floor. No-one had told us to expect him. He was to take three days over the work. My first thought was

The next hour or so was spent trying to create clear areas for our craftsman to make a start.

My desk area in the hall gradually filled up; there was more to add after this; the kitchen and the stairs collected smaller items. Ascending the latter will be an assault course this evening, and there is no room to sit at the dining table

Connor moved the sofas. In the bottom right corner of this photograph can be seen the barcode on a random bit of beading which is a common feature of the work done by our predecessors.

Dismantling the wiring to our various internet devices was a major problem. Opining that I felt I was about to negotiate Birmingham in a car, I observed with phenomenal sang froid that I did not know how I was going to get it all back together again. For those who are not familiar with the so-called Spaghetti Junction of roads that surrounds that city this was a reference Connor well understood, having been there a couple of times.


He rather sensibly suggested that I should photograph all these

If these photographs are a little topsy-turvy that is because I didn’t know whether I was on my head or my heels. Please don’t look too closely at all the fluff.


What are the chances that this will make any sense to me in three days time?

Connor, on the other hand, knows exactly what he is doing. He began by taking up the old flooring;

then cutting sheets of ply to shape

and tacking it to the original floorboards

which, carefully applying a spirit level was covered with a screed which was then blown dry.

After lunch, having moved the sofas again he was ready to start on the other half of the room,

which he did with careful measuring.

There is only one thing to do when your kitchen is full of extraneous furniture and its table covered in nick-nacks. This evening we did it and dined at The ever friendly Wheel Inn. Jackie’s main course was a creamy mushroom and tomato linguin, followed by crรฉme brulรฉei; mine was rib-eye steak, perfectly cooked medium rare as requested, chips, mushroom, tomato, and onion rings, followed by bread and butter pudding and custard. Mrs Knight drank Kaltenberg and I drank Ringwoods Best.




Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

95 thoughts on “Don’t Panic

  1. I’m glad it worked out that you were home when Connor arrived so unexpectedly. It’s a busy time of year, but at least he will be finished before Christmas, so you will have the present of a new floor! Good luck with the reconnections.

  2. Well, I would not be happy if someone came to my house unannounced to rip up my floors. Doesnโ€™t sound very professional but you seem to be taking it all with good humor and patience! Much better than I would have. Hahaha!

  3. The world turned upside down. Well done for remaining so calm. the photographs were a very good idea. Are you going to put the fluff back too? I can’t imagine computer wires without fluff.

  4. Oh my, what timing! Well a meal out is a good thing no matter how you look at it. And good call taking pictures of all the wires. I’d never remember how to reassemble them!

  5. A brave decision to have all that happening just before Christmas, Derrick. I wish you luck in reconfiguration of your spaghetti junction. I’ve had similar situations to deal with. Usually only resolved by calling in more computer savvy friends.

  6. ALL i CAN SAY IS: BE BRAVE when reconnecting all the necessaries electronically for your life and enjoyment. This comes form a woman who was stumped that her printer wasn’t working and checked everything thrice– until I realized it was out of toner…

  7. Wow, amazing sang froid! I bet you’ll be fine reconnecting. Just take your time and look at the pictures. I bet it will come together if you don’t try to rush!! For some reason, I can’t like anyone posts anymore and am having tossing in again constantly to comment. So I like the post too, just can’t express it!

    1. The inability to like any posts happened to me, too. I contact the WP people, who did something on the back end that solved the problem. On your admin pages, there’s a “?” at the bottom right — click that and it should open up a way to contact them.

      1. I have discovered that if you click on the Like star under the alert pictures it does register and your name goes on a list. At least it can be done but it is more an aid to liking without reading because you have to go back to it after you’ve read and decided you like it.

  8. Given my recent move, I have more than the usual appreciation for your situation. Piles and piles of stuff are no fun. As for the electronics, I labeled all my wires in the process of taking them apart, but of course you were handicapped in that regard because of the need for quick action. Still, you seem to have great luck with workers. This one obviously knows what he’s doing, too — that’s the important thing.

  9. What a disruptive surprise call! Nonetheless, the photography action was the best to take – it has helped me out more than once. You do not mention how long the wait has been for the flooring to be done, but it will be a pleasure to be ‘back to normal’ again.

  10. Best wishes! The new flooring will be wonderful!
    Conner looks like he knows what he’s doing! ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the wires and connections and such…eek! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ The photos should help in getting everything set back up. I’d still need help. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I call fluff “dust bunnies” and I’ve named the dust bunnies who live under my furniture! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’m really glad Connor arrived today and not tomorrow when the tree was dressed and lit up and you were standing there with your hands on your hips like Winnie the Pooh thinking that was a job well done ……..

    1. I kept thinking of that all day! I was 2mins away from getting started on the decs for the tree, (already thinking I had left it late!). Someone up there was looking after me.

  12. Love the Dad’s Army clip.

    Have you seen those little brightly coloured stickers, little dots? They are invaluable for colour coding spaghetti junctions! Probably a bit late now but could be useful for the future.

    I used to label all our plugs too because although my husband was a super do-it-yourselfer and could turn his hand to most things, he was not very good at knowing what goes where when it came to the computer cables, television, Sky TV and DVD players, that was always left to me.

  13. Yes, thecontentedcrafter is very wise. Connor could have arrived after you had done the Christmas tree. It is a total nightmare dismantling anything electronic, and the TV is pretty much the same. Just don’t do what I did the first time. I took pictures of the computer wiring and then transferred them into a file in the computer. Not my finest hour!

  14. I’m glad you’ll have a new floor to accentuate your tree. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good timing, though!

    By now it’s too late for Spaghetti Junction advice, but I almost always leave the wires plugged into the most bewildering box, even if it means I must transport the wires loosely bundled in a box-lid rather than neatly coiled and tied.

  15. the song was pretty rocking – and wow – huge project – hope dinner at the Wheel w as awesome and hope all the pieces come together better than ever when done

  16. That “Don’t Panic” video is a riot!! A great way for me to start my day (which in an hour or so means I’m out getting a chest x-ray), so a good laugh was perfect! Conrad seems to know what he’s doing and in the 3-days, maybe Jackie can get some rest from all that gourmet cooking she does !

  17. Connor definitely looks like he knows what he’s doing. The photos are fun and a bit funny. Smart to take those of the wires, etc., but like you say, will you know what they heck they show you when it’s time to put everything together? But don’t panic, the tree is still waiting for you โ€ฆ. Keep the HAPPY in your holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Photographing the โ€˜Birminghamโ€™ of wires was a brilliant idea suggested by the floorist (to coin a word). Thatโ€™s was what I used to do while trying to tinker with the innards of my laptops years ago. I learned something new about Birmingham too! I am glad the Christmas tree will stand on a sparkling new floor.

  19. The floor is going to be beautiful. That will be so lovely. I think the floor is half of the look of a room at least. But all those cords. They make me start to panic!

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