Next door neighbour is a widow near 90 living on her own. Very stubborn.
Was born in her house and wants to die in it. Totally housebound and won't
have any visitors since Covid. So haven't even spoken to her for a couple
of years. Sad, as we got on well enough. She has family who call in every
Last week a pipe in the cellar split and flooded it - and next door's
cellar too. Daughter waded into the cellar to turn off the water and got a
bad electric shock. Ended up in A&E - but on the mend now.
Service suppliers cut off both the water and electricity. Insurance are
meant to be pumping out the water, but nothing done as yet.
Son in law has been keeping me updated. When he said the power was off, I
ran a cable reel to their kitchen from my house (fed from an MCBO
protected ring) So at least she can watch TV - the only thing she does
now. And a table light and the microwave. So she can have hot drinks and
meals. Using bottled water, etc. Her cooker is electric, but does have a
gas fire in the kitchen which works.
She refuses to go in a home of any sort. Her kids simply don't have room
for her - and she is adamant she doesn't want to live with either of them
anyway (I'm told) One of the daughters has lost patience and hardly ever
The pipe should be easy enough to fix once the cellar is dry enough.
The electrics I know to be a total loss - all the lighting is pre-WW2, but
a ring was added by her husband in the 60s. And she isn't willing to pay
for a re-wire or put up with the disruption it would cause. A quote one of
the kids got was 12K.
Is it possible to get a temporary supply laid on? If only the ring was
connected to it that would be good enough for now.
She has agreed to move to a smaller place if one can be found nearby. And
sell the house to pay for it. But I reckon something needs to be done
sooner to make life bearable until then - ie just the same for her as it
has been for the past two years. As moving is likely not going to be done
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