Medieval dentist removing tooth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I almost had a day off yesterday, that is Thursday but nevertheless you could say I had a rest from work considering that what I had done was very little. I knew I wouldn’t be working the next day but I did have to call to a house to assess a small job. I got up around eight o’clock after a really good night’s sleep and was in no hurry to do anything. I had a dental appointment at eleven-thirty and as I didn’t intend to work I dressed in finer clothes for I had it in mind to take E out for another meal after my visit to the dentist and my call at the house to look at that job. Everything went according to plan but I did get calls asking for my electrical services later in the afternoon, they would be accommodated the following week. I was glad to learn that the dentist had carried out the necessary treatment in my two latest sessions and I don’t need to pay him a visit now until next April for a routine examination. On my first visit two weeks ago he had suggested the work might have taken longer. I was happy for the extra day free from work but by the end of the day I was looking forward to Saturday morning when I could do some work at home, the lawn needed probably its final cut for the year and I wanted to remove the last couple of courses of bricks from the perimeter wall we had started to demolish on Wednesday. According to the weather forecast it would be wet and windy within a day or two so these little jobs needed to be done whilst I had the chance.
I don’t know if my readers have noticed but the last few post titles have all begun with the letter ‘A’. There is no reason on my part for that, I put it down to coincidence but maybe there is an explanation somewhere. I’ll try to make my next post begin with another letter.
After the work we had done on Wednesday and indeed even before then E and I were feeling the after effects on Thursday morning so we decided to take the whole day off and do no hard work. Despite the hard work I had another restless night so I wasn’t in the mood for work anyway. However, I did mix some sealant and applied it to the patio floor where I had skimmed it on Wednesday morning. That took all of ten minutes! We sat for a time in the sunny part of the garden on the other side of the lawn away from the house. It was eleven o’clock then and at this time of year the patio is in the shade. It remains in the shade until a little after two o’clock after which it gets the sunshine for about two and a half hours. During the summer of course it enjoys much more sunshine and for a much longer period. The inevitable happened and I was called regarding a very simple electrical job, well not really a job at all but I was asked if I could check the wiring around an electric cooker to ensure there was nothing wrong. The house was a little less than ten miles away so after lunch I drove there, checked things out and then returned home all within the hour having stopped for fuel too. There wasn’t a thing wrong with the cooker installation but it was worth the trip for the £40 fee. E went for the weekly shopping after her lunch and I sat out on the patio in the warm sunshine for a couple of hours. We have been experiencing really lovely weather over the last couple of weeks and I have been making the most of it. By Thursday evening the effects of the previous day had worn off. I got another call to visit a house on Friday after my dental appointment in order to assess some minor work. Whether that work would get done on Friday was debatable as my dental appointment was around noon.
For quite some time now E and I have been considering a re-build of part of the long perimeter brick wall which over the years had become unstable. Part of the problem was the mound of soil, stone, bricks and builder’s rubble that had been buried beneath it. The top of that mound reached almost halfway up the wall from our side and over the years had pushed the wall from the vertical by a few centimetres and forcing a gap between the wall and the wall it was joined to. Many of the top bricks could be moved and removed by hand and there were plants growing through it, in fact there were a couple of large roots from a bramble coming from deep inside. Something had to be done especially after seeing the extent of the damage when we levelled the area last year and constructed a pathway and new mound away from the wall. Over the last couple of weeks I have been involved in the construction of the flowerbeds on the patio as my readers will know. The floor of the patio was never completely level and puddles of water would remain on the surface in some areas. The main area for this happening was where I built the large flowerbed and that was automatically resolved when the bed was constructed as it stood over the area but not all of the area was covered. Added to that problem was that fact that part of the floor surface had become rough through erosion. I have been skimming the affected areas during the past week or so and on Wednesday I finished that work first thing in the morning and sealing the surface the following day. I spent an hour laying some stone at the end of the pathway around the mound where it joins the concrete path. It should have been done months ago but it wasn’t urgent and I had been busy doing other things. Just as I was finishing that work E joined me and together we set about dismantling the rear brick wall, cleaning the bricks and storing them. E’s nephew or one of his crew will be rebuilding the wall hopefully within the next few weeks. E’s nephew is a bricklayer/builder so we know the work will be done professionally. Anyway by the time we had finished for the day it was six o’clock. I had started work at nine-thirty and was now very tired. At the time of writing this on Thursday morning there are still a few courses of bricks left to remove but today, Thursday we are taking the day off. Here are the pictures
In the last picture you can see the jungle that is part of our neighbour’s garden. It shows only a very small part but in this mess are brambles (blackberry bushes), ivy (it is everywhere) and worse of all Japanese Knotweed. Having told our neighbour last year about the necessity of removing the Knotweed they have done almost nothing about it. Knotweed is a very invasive and destructive plant and has to be removed by specialists. It is a notifiable problem and as such E has been in contact with our local authority who will pursue the matter. There is a large plot of land about two miles from our house which stands close-by the regional hospital and where a new housing estate was to be built. It has been cordoned off because Knotweed has been discovered there. No-one knows as yet what the authorities have planned to do about clearing the area. We hope our neighbour will see sense and do something about their garden as it could prove financially crippling for them otherwise. He might be forced to take action if he doesn’t respond.
If ever there was a piece of music so beautiful, so peaceful, so relaxing, so calming….it has to be this one. I think it is my favourite piece of music. I hope you find it equally as beautiful……….enjoy
I had three shots at sleep on Sunday night. It was deliberate. I set my alarm for 02.00 and went to sleep around 10.00. I wanted to see the ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse. I duly awoke and went into the empty front bedroom to look out of the window to see a bright normal coloured full Moon that had a very small dark indent at the left hand side at the top. It was beginning to drift into the Earth’s shadow but it would be some time before the eclipse would be total. I reset my alarm to 03.00 and went back to bed. I woke up again and returned to the front room to see an almost completely total red Moon.
It took a further thirty minutes for the remaining sliver of ‘white’ Moon at the bottom of the disk to turn red but in fact it didn’t turn completely red. It was now around 03,35 and I had seen enough so I returned to bed to be awakened at 06.45 in order to go to work. I have had an interest in Astronomy since I was about nine years old and indeed it became my one and only hobby. Being an amateur ‘Astronomer’ in the UK is difficult at the best of times because of the weather we have and often special events get missed as a result. I have never thought that an eclipse of the Moon was anything special, not in the same way that an eclipse of the Sun is but to see a ‘Blood Moon’ is a rare thing given that most eclipses occur over the oceans and never often in the same place over land. I have seen one before but even then I didn’t take much interest. All I can say is that I saw it this time around.
I went to work feeling refreshed despite the erratic sleep I’d had. The job was supposedly a simple one, to remove a faulty ceiling fan/light combination and fit a new model but it wasn’t that simple. When I removed the faulty unit is was very hot to the touch, in fact it was that hot it couldn’t be handled with bare hands. The next thing I found was that the old unit could have fallen from the ceiling at any time as it had been fixed to the old ceiling laths and not the ceiling joists I had to re-position the new unit to the nearest joist but then had to extend the wiring too. The wiring had been installed in steel conduit and it was in such an awkward place as to be almost impossible to reach from inside the loft. With all the problems I had with the fitting it took me three times longer than it would have normally. Before I had finished that job I got a call for another which fortunately was located on my route home. That job was very easy to do and took me a mere ten minutes. I got back home around one o’clock cooked a meal and later went out on the patio to do a little work there before finally taking a break for an hour or so in the warm sunshine. Later both E and I watered the gardens both front and back. I knew I was going to sleep soundly and had to for I was going out to work again early the next day.
The Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) is an example of wildlife. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sunday I guess was the best day of the week just passed though Saturday came a close second. It stayed sunny all day long and for most of the day I sat out on the patio, only returning indoors for lunch. Later in the afternoon E joined me. She said she had things to do which kept her inside the house but I took that with a pinch of salt. I keep telling her that she should make the most of being outdoors whilst the weather permits. We sat and chatted which is nice. It has been a long time since we chatted together for any period of time and it was always a bone of contention with me that we didn’t talk enough. E was always too busy but lately she seems to have changed and is more open to just sitting and chatting. Anyway we were out on the patio, she was facing the sun and I was facing the opposite way looking into the garden as I’d had enough of the sun in my face. I mentioned quietly that a squirrel was hopping about on the perimeter wall beneath the trees. She turned around slowly to look. After a minute or so it disappeared into the ivy growing up the tree. Now I eat nuts and every day I have a handful of them and E suggested I get some and put them on the wall then sit back and wait to see what happens. However, I went indoors and brought out a packet of hazelnuts which E had bought some time ago with which to make something but they had now passed their sell-by date. I wasn’t going to use nuts from the packet I eat! I put some in a couple of places on top of the wall and returned to the patio. We sat there for a minute or so then the squirrel appeared, ate a nut then disappeared only to return again a minute or so later to repeat the routine. After a while we didn’t see the squirrel and we went back into the house but soon after E called to me to see the squirrel again appear on the wall then another two appeared up the tree frolicking and playing about. There were three of them, then four, then five. We were beginning to think there was an army of them. We watched them from inside the house for around forty minutes as they darted about among the branches. We knew there was a nest in one of the trees and we often have seen a squirrel in the garden, on the walls or up in the trees but to see so many at once has been a rarity. There are quite a number of trees in the area behind the house so I suppose it shouldn’t be unusual that we have so many squirrels too.
It promised to be a fine and sunny day on Friday and indeed for the next four days thereafter but it was slow to get warm as the clouds kept blocking out the morning sun. Around about ten o’clock most of the clouds had disappeared and it stayed that way pretty much for the entire day. I put on my overalls and gloves to start work in the rear garden for I had it in mind to put a small natural stone retaining wall in front of the flowerbed which is next to the patio. The soil in that bed often spilled onto the path and to be honest I should have done something about it long ago but I have not had the time with all the other projects I have been working on. So the first thing I had to do was to select enough suitable pieces of stone to do the job. All of the stone we have been using to create the path and surrounding retaining walls around the new mound were discovered buried beneath what was a huge mound of soil and trees in that corner of the garden where the new mound now stands. It was a very fortunate find for to buy it would have cost literally £2000-£3000 and I am certain I wouldn’t have bought it. Even now there is still a lot of it stored in the garden. I made a start on the mini-project at ten-thirty and by one o’clock I had it finished though as I write this I have still to fill in the gaps with mortar as I did with the little wall at the front of the mound. Here is what I have done thus far…
We are now in a position to clear away the weeds and one or two of the plants in the bed we wish to be rid of and then lay some tree bark chippings to keep the weeds at bay. After lunch I spent some of the afternoon sitting in the sunshine and E joined me for a short time before she decided she’d had enough of the wind. I didn’t think it was at all windy but for E any slight breeze, unless it is quite warm, is not to be sat in.
I do love mushrooms but there is no way I would eat these wild ones.
or this one…
They are presently growing on the lawn in my rear garden and come up every year, though obviously not the same ones. In the past we have had a large circle of them growing out of the grass in that part of the garden but I cannot remember seeing that many in more recent times. I have yet to see any fairies dancing about at dusk or dawn. They are harmless enough unless eaten probably or if handled without subsequently washing the hands before eating. It may be that these particular varieties are edible but I am not even going to try. The visual fungus only represents a very small portion of the true size of it that lies beneath the soil. Wherever fungus, toadstools, mushrooms or whatever name you wish to call them grow there is a vast network like an underground giant spider web beneath the surface which links them all. The fungus is beneficial to the well-being of some plants and trees so I am led to believe and we have a few of those in the garden. There is a presence of fungus in the front garden too. It is a different variety and seems to grow in a clump in a couple of different places where it is moist. I let it alone but if it gets out of hand it is easily removed if needed.
A “Tropical Breeze Delux”[sic] ceiling fan, made by Moss. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It might have been a sunny day but it was windy with it. I had to dismantle and remove a ceiling fan and light combination from a conservatory ceiling at nine o’clock for an old lady living just the other side of the town centre. I was at her house last in February to replace her old fuse boards for up to date versions fitted with circuit breakers and RCD units. I may have mentioned it in a post around about that time. It didn’t take long to do and we sat down for a chat over a coffee when I had finished. On my previous visit we had talked about her smoking habit and also about my faith. This time she was keen to tell me she had given up cigarettes. However she was now using those electronic-cigarettes instead which to me are not much better as she still is left craving the nicotine. I doubt she is ready to give them up just now. As far as her moving forward with a belief in God is concerned she asks questions but so far she remains skeptical. Maybe on my next visit she will have had a change of heart who knows? Obviously I never try to persuade but simply witness. I was home again by ten-thirty having had to go to the bank first to deposit the cheque she had given me saying she hadn’t the cash to hand. It is such a pain having to visit the bank to deposit a cheque when I usually save the cash until it mounts up to a reasonable amount and go just the once every week or so. Anyway I wasn’t at home long when I got another call for help. This time the lady explained that she had lost power to her lighting circuits. Off I went and sorted out the problem and was back home again within the hour. This time I was paid in cash and was given more than I had asked. I was also asked to return at a later date to repair several recessed ceiling lights in her kitchen as most of them were not working. I was glad that I had the opportunity to earn something from these two jobs as I’d had only one other during the week which although paid well wasn’t by itself enough to cover my expenses and give me a wage for the week too. I am happy if I get two or three jobs on average each week for then it makes it worthwhile continuing to work. Not having too much electrical work allows me the opportunity to work at home or do other things though, which is nice. It was a sunny Thursday so I spent some time out on the patio enjoying it, out of the wind of course!
My best laid plans often do go astray because of weather, other problems, other commitments, other people, many reasons though never because I am lazy. I therefore sometimes get frustrated when I cannot get on with my plans. Such was the case on Tuesday. I was to get the stone slabs cut and then fit them on top of the two small flowerbeds I had finished constructing and filling the day before. The first problem was having to wait for the guys to cut the stone, after all they were doing me a favour so I couldn’t press them. As it turned out I collected them around one o’clock but decided not to do the work then as I wanted to take E out for a meal. Wednesday morning would do just fine. In my previous post my readers will know what happened on Tuesday afternoon with the flagpole so even had I wanted to do the work the time was taken up fixing that problem. I put on my overalls and set about cutting two of the now narrow stone slabs to the right length with my own little grinding machine. I had thought I would have to make four such cuts but I discovered it wasn’t necessary. I placed them on the walls to see where each piece would fit best. I then mixed the mortar by hand and laid them all in place. I put some things over the joints as a temporary measure in case it rained. Rain was forecast throughout the afternoon. E was keen to put in the tree bark chippings but left it until Thursday morning to allow the capping stones to set firmly in place. Here are the results………..
Now I can say the patio flowerbed project is finally complete..Now for the next little project…..
I had an amazingly good night’s sleep on Monday and woke up very refreshed for a change. If my readers remember I’d had a very restless Sunday night and didn’t get much sleep at all. No electrical work again so the day was mine but I had to take the stone slabs to the guys working on somebody’s driveway close to home. They had offered to cut them for us when we asked them on Saturday. After breakfast I took them round together with their preferred payment, some German beer but they couldn’t cut them immediately so we arranged that I should collect them between one and two o’clock. I left the stone with them and returned home. It was a nice day and I decided to sit out on the patio playing my guitar for a while. E was having a late shower. She had offered to take our neighbour to her doctor’s surgery in order to have her annual ‘flu jab. She does drive but the injection has too strong an effect upon her to drive safely for a couple of hours. Usually her son takes her but he was at work. I wondered why she doesn’t use the same surgery as we do which is only a half-mile distant. Her doctor’s surgery is about a mile and a half away. It was around noon when E drove off and I put on my overalls and mixed some cement screed to level out the patio floor adjacent to the large new flowerbed where is was prone to leaving a puddle of water after rain. The puddle was much larger before I built the flowerbed over most of it. The floor should have been laid perfectly flat when it was originally laid but that is another story. Anyway it didn’t take me long and when I had finished E was back home having returned a minute or two earlier. I asked her if she would like to dine out. She changed her clothes and we went out in my van for we had to collect the stone beforehand. We arrived to find them about to cut it so we had to wait a few minutes then we drove off to the pub. After an hour or so we returned home to find the flag, though not the one shown in this picture but a union flag which had dropped to the ground leaving the rope stuck at the top of the flagpole. Unfortunately the rope doesn’t have enough weight to allow it to drop down the pole by itself. The weight we had fitted together with the flag had separated from the rope. The flag was the problem, its rope eyelet had worn through! The only way to get the rope down was to erect some scaffolding either to the top of the pole or at least half-way up where the two sections of pole slide together. I erected the aluminium scaffold past the half-way point and found it was easier than I thought it would be to lift off the top section and lower it to the ground. It was easy then to pull out the rope and it was also convenient to have the top of the pole at ground level to find out why the top had ceased to rotate to allow it to follow the wind direction. So I was able to resolve both problems. The hardest thing was in erecting the scaffolding and dismantling it afterwards! While I was doing all of this E was busy repairing the flag by sewing two new loops of rope to act as eyelets to attach it to the rope and weight. Now when I erected the flagpole last year I wondered why there was no weight to attach to the bottom of the flag so I made one but when I was pulling out the rope from the lowered section of pole out came a plastic-sleeved chain. It was the weight supplied with the flagpole kit and had been stuffed inside the pipe. Why it didn’t drop out when we were erecting the pole initially is a mystery. E finished her sewing and I was able to attach the flag and hoist it aloft. It now follows the direction of the wind as it should. I went into the rear garden and checked on my cement screed which had hardened during the afternoon. The laying of the stone capping would have to be done the next day. That scaffolding has proven to be worth purchasing. We bought it last year specifically to do the drain pipe work for the bathroom refurbishment and it was useful when we had to clean out a gutter a month later too.
I had a very restless night on Sunday, kept waking up about every two hours but even my sleep periods were quite shallow. I had things on my mind and I guess I wasn’t tired enough having done little over the weekend. It follows that unless I work hard enough I don’t sleep well. I arose feeling almost as tired as when I went to bed, probably more so after all that tossing and turning. I had an appointment to keep at nine o’clock, an electrical job and had plenty of time to get there as it was local. On Saturday E and I were out buying things for the garden project and we had ordered another ton of soil which was to be delivered on Monday morning. I was about to leave the house just after eight o’clock because I had to make a visit to the electrical supplier before going to the job and the guy delivering the soil turned up. He was about to dump the bag in the wrong place so I dashed outside and stopped him. He had placed the previous load of soil in a specific spot to one side and behind the gate as I had requested only a few days before so he ought to have remembered to place the new delivery in the same spot. Had I not caught him before he dropped the load I would have had great difficulty in getting out of the gate with my van. I drove off to work but was back home by ten o’clock. There was no way I would be moving any soil for a couple of hours as I was feeling quite drained. After an hour and a cup of coffee though I was feeling fit again and ready to go but I decided to eat lunch first. At noon E went out with her sister who wanted her support while she arranged a new contract for her mobile phone service. As soon as she left the house I donned my overalls and set about moving the soil barrow by barrow into the new patio flowerbeds and planting the two Phoenix Canariensis plants in them leaving plenty of surrounding space for E to bed her new flowering plants as we did with the main flowerbed. I had other work to do, empty and refill the compost barrel, a large container which reduces garden waste to form a rich compost. I also made a start in digging out some weeds in one of the front garden flowerbeds which has been sadly neglected for too long. I was able to dump some of the new soil there but there is more work to do there yet which I will probably do while I have the opportunity. E returned home before four o’clock and put the plants in the flowerbeds. I moved the two plant pots that originally housed the two larger Phoenix Canariensis plants that are now in the main flowerbed, in front of the patio and filled them so that E could plant some bulbs in them. I also moved the two redundant pots which held the smaller Phoenix plants I had just put in the two small flowerbeds onto the steps and E put bulbs in them too. At last most of the work on and around the patio was done but at the time of writing this far I have yet to fit the stone capping on the walls and lay some tree bark chippings in and around the plants in the small flowerbeds. I didn’t get to place the stone capping until Wednesday morning.
This is my God. Not a God of war but of peace. Not a God who hates but one who loves. Not a God who encourages killing in His name but a God who encourages reaching out to those who hate us. My God is the epitome of love and all that is love. He demonstrated His love for us in this, that whilst we were still sinners Christ died for us! This is my God, the One and only God for there is no other.
Lazy Sunday (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At the onset of Autumn we had the last Sunday of Summer a few days ago. Ir was noticeably cooler but the air was still. I was up and about very early. I had showered, dressed, eaten breakfast, changed my bed linen and put it in the washing machine and taken down the now dried washing that was hanging in the cellar boiler room all before eight o’clock. I had hung E’s washing up the day before but I would need the line space for my bed linen once it was washed so I had to take the other washing down. I couldn’t hang the washing outside for there was still dampness in the air and dew on the grass. It would be a while before the sun would have any effect, by which time my bed linen would be almost dry! I made myself a cup of coffee and sat out on the patio for a few minutes taking in the cool morning air and watching the antics of one or two birds having breakfast on the lawn. It was nearly nine o’clock and I went indoors. I could hear E moving about upstairs but she didn’t actually come downstairs until it was passed nine o’clock. She likes her lie-in. I potted about until eleven playing guitar or reading emails then decided to prepare the vegetables for dinner. It had been quite some time since I had a roast dinner on a Sunday so it would be something of a novelty. E and I went into the garden for a browse and whist out there began to talk about what we should do in the more neglected corners of it. One area in particular needs some attention and that is the spot in the corner next to the large greenhouse which frankly needs to be landscaped and planted. Click on image on left to magnify. The picture was taken four years ago I think when the patio was still under construction because the brick archway is missing in the foreground. We talked about other things we will need to do in the forthcoming weeks one of which is the fitting of a small retaining edge to the flowerbed next to the patio. Presently the soil levels out as it meets the path but often encroaches on it. We will be clearing away the weeds that are growing there, applying a layer of tree bark chippings and rearranging some of the plants whilst adding some new ones. The small retaining wall will be a necessity. There are a couple of plants growing there which we have decided to remove also. After a short while we returned indoors to cook the meal whilst listening to and watching some of the aerial acrobatics of the aircraft taking part in the now annual Southport Air Show held on the last Saturday and Sunday in September. I have been down to the beach a couple of times in the past to see the displays but don’t do that now. Much of the displays can be seen from our house anyway. On Saturday I saw the last flight of the Vulcan aircraft. It was accompanied by the Red Arrows team flying in a ‘V’ and surrounding it. It’s size dwarfed the much smaller Hawk aircraft of the Red Arrow team. We cannot help but notice the presence of the airplanes. Even though we hear aircraft every day where we live jet engines are far noisier! So the day rambled on as it usually does on a Sunday and I made the most of the opportunity to relax whilst I had the chance.
I went to do a small electrical job on Wednesday morning last week. It was simply to fit and connect two ‘Victorian‘ type wall lanterns which I did with no fuss. A third lantern existed on the third wall where they had been mounted, that is three walls each with a lantern. I was informed that there was nothing wrong with this third lantern so there was no need to check it out. Well that was what the guy had told me. Indeed the light appeared to be working just fine. Each of the three lights had an extra wire connected which were supplied by a wall switch inside the house. When this switch was turned on all three lights would come on irrespective of whether their own individual built-in motion detectors had them switched on or not. In other words it acted as an override switch in case they wanted the lights to remain on for any length of time. As all three were linked by these extra wires they would all light up if any one of them was activated. That is the way the circuit was designed to operate. When I left the house everything seemed to be working as they should but late on Thursday evening I received a call from the lady of the house who told me that all three lanterns had switched on automatically in the evening but had remained on. Now either the override switch had been left on inadvertently or one or more of the lantern’s motion detectors were at fault. I couldn’t call to the house on Friday as I had been too busy but I told her that I would be there on Saturday morning to check things out. I disconnected the linking wires and discovered the two new lanterns I had fitted were working perfectly but the third lantern wasn’t. This was the one I was assured was not faulty. Yes, it worked when the supply came through the extra wire, the one linking it to the other two and the override switch but its own sensor didn’t appear to be working. The guy kept telling me that there was nothing wrong with it and he couldn’t understand why I said it wasn’t working properly. He also told me that the original lantern that was fitted at high level had only one wire connected to it when he had removed it and he wondered why the replacement was working with just the one wire. Actually it couldn’t, actually there were four wires, one live, one neutral, one earthing wire and the fourth was the linking wire to the other two lanterns. I was told by his wife when I was there on Wednesday and again on Saturday that the guy was suffering with Alzheimer disease and although he seemed to know what he was talking about he didn’t realise that he wasn’t. There was no way I could tell him, no way I could explain the circuitry even though he kept asking. It just wouldn’t register. Such a shame for the poor guy. Needless to say I levied no charge for my visit. The lady said that they would purchase a new lantern to replace the seemingly faulty one and that her husband would fit it, something he is capable of doing so I was informed. It is only a simple matter of connecting each of the four conductors into its respective terminal once the base plate has been screwed to the wall. I might add here that he had in fact fitted the two base plates for the two lanterns I had connected, though upside down, yet he didn’t want to connect them. I am waiting for another call for help now as I write this on Saturday late in the afternoon whilst waiting for the guy to call to check my window and door. I have a feeling he isn’t going to show for the second time but I might be wrong, there is time left still.