Friday, 19 September 2014

Rant + Holiday

This coming Monday we should have been heading off on our first family holiday. We weren't going far, literally a couple of hours away down to the coast... Except that isn't happening now.

We recently discovered someone tried to gain access to our rented property through a window, the glass is safe but the frame is damaged. After much toing and froing with our estate agents - and me having to seek legal advice on two occasions because they were refusing to do anything despite it being the landlord's responsibility - some progress may be being made, except the window won't be fixed before we are due to go away.

Now you may be wondering why we are letting a damaged window frame ruin our holiday... We have been told that the lock is safe, however a secondary lock has been recommended as well as the frame being repaired. The thing is that the fact that the exterior window is obviously damaged can make us an easier target as well as there being no guarantee that if the lock were tried again it would not be easier to prise open.

We have had family members offer to keep a check on the house daily, but its not the same as someone actually being in the property overnight. If something were to happen, we'd have to cut our holiday short anyway. Also, we don't have the money in our budget to replace items if stolen. In short, it will be more cost effective to just cancel our holiday and wait for the window to be fixed - not only just cost effective, but better for peace of mind.

What's frustrating is that the issue has been going on for about three weeks now and we've only just reached the stage where someone came to look at the window to see what can be done, despite our estate agents being told on multiple occasions that we are due to go on holiday. This isn't the only time we've had issues with our estate agent refusing to do work that is actually their duty, to then only drag it out after being corrected. It's just annoying, y'know.

Anywho, that wasn't the concern... I just wanted to update on what this means for Bits & Bobs.

Our holiday meant taking time away from the blogging community, social media, and the internet in general. I've been mmming and ahhing about whether to post during the upcoming week seen as I will be here, however I've decided to take that week or so off still. I think taking a break from the internet now and then is always a good thing, and great for creativity and productivity.

So Bits & Bobs is on a little break until the last week of September - I hope you'll bear with me during this time. I'll be back on Tuesday 30th with an extra special blog post, for me anyway, as I'll be participating in my very first blog tour. Wondering what book the tour is for? I'll be sharing my thoughts on the debut novel by Simon P. Clark, Eren - it's a good 'un!

In advance, thank you for your patience and support!

As always, thanks for stopping by Bits & Bobs :-)