I hate water…

The leak yesterday was finally stopped by an emergency plumber and it ended our 4 day’s long ordeal. The plumber reported that the water supply to the upstair’s loo was the cause of the leak and in spite of dripping slowly, it ended up saturated the concrete slab completely because it was left without a remedial work for so long.

I am so happy that I am no longer tormented by that pit-a-pat. However, the incident has left me with damages on parts of the ceiling and the floor.

Hello comet! This is one of the marks left by the splashes… 

I have a seamless black rubber floor throughout the property except the bathrooms. And the surface of the flooring is laid with non-slip wax as untreated rubber floor is too slippery for Mr.B to walk on. One drawback of this treatment is, the wax reacts to surface water and it turns to unappealing shade of murky grey if the water is not mopped up in time. Over the period of yesterday’s leak, too many splashes, which caused by the droplets travelling down from the 3.5m high ceiling to the buckets below and hitting the bottoms hard, were allowed to dry by themselves. As the result, my black floor resembles an image of galaxies with speckly constellations, each indicating the position of the buckets and pots placed under the drips.

Fortunately, the damage to the floor is not permanent as the wax can be stripped and laid over again. However, this process has to be done by a professional cleaning firm with specialised machinery.  And for this, all the firnitures have to be removed and the apartment will be unaccessible until the wax is completely dry which can take up to 2 days! Ugh, I just don’t want to think about it right now. I wish if I could hibernate and wake up when all the troubles are over and gone…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

The Morning After…

The storm seemed to have departed from London.
Still breezy but not anything as ferocious as this morning’s. I had a few errands to run in Central London this lunchtime and snapped this picture in the middle of Oxford Circus…

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There was a really fearsome noise followed by several car-alarms going off early this morning.
And this was the scene of the damage right by our apartment block…

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I am sure the owner of the dented cars must be very annoyed but it was extremely lucky that nobody was around. Otherwise, someone could have been seriously maimed or even been killed.
Respect the power of nature. Never underestimate its potential…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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