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Era of uncertainty

13 Jun

P was made redundant this week. They’re axing his whole group, and after more than 6 years in the job, it will be hard for him to leave the great friends he’s made. Having just extended our mortgage, the timing could have been better.

We are right in the middle of major renovations and life is quite crazy. I’m writing this post from up the coast at my parents’ house. Our floor has just been tiled, so we can’t walk on it yet. Thankfully the builders should be finished tomorrow, so we’ll be back in our house, just waiting until August, when our kitchen will be installed.

The kids’ behaviour has been challenging. J is particularly difficult, but I guess that’s not surprising, given that our house has been full of tradesmen 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. The builders have been very very kind to get the work done so quickly, because it could have dragged on much longer than this. Of the three quotes we asked for, two builders estimated that the work would take 3 months. This builder quoted three weeks, and they will be all done in 10 days. Brilliant doesn’t cover it.

So P finishes up at the end of October. He’s been given quite a bit of notice, and our labour laws in this country are quite generous so we’ll be OK. We just find uncertainty difficult.

I guess we can be confident that we won’t go hungry – in November my garden should be producing bumper crops of Spring/Summer veggies, and my lifetime supply of garlic will be ready for the picking. Bring on frugality!