Friday, May 15, 2009

Buddy Friday - make friends with the locals!!!

At the Acreage we have a number of problems with the house we have affectionately named "The House of Horrors." Including needing two new sets of patio doors and an attic window. So we get the guy to come out from the local Home Hardware to give us a quote, and it turns out he is a wealth of info.

We have been having gale force winds here on "Windy Hill," which has caused some shingles (roof tiles) to fall off, and some are flapping in the wind. Well "K" knows a guy who will come in to fix them.......Yeah for "K" Must say I could cry, as its a new roof with wind resistant shingles on it, so this shouldn't have happened??

We have plumbing issues, "K" has given us the name of a guy, who turns out to be the son of the guy dh just adores in Home Hardware!!!

We have a pile of junk beside the garage. "K" has a side business for scrap metal, so he is coming on the weekend, to take all the metal away, and any wood we have on the pile, as his buddy will burn that......again Yeah for "K"

We want to move the stairs in the attic and of course "K" can also do that and design new ones.....again Yeah for "K"

Told us the big farm opposite us is a big beef operation and twice a year they clean out the liquid manure pits, and fingers crossed the wind isn't blowing in our direction.......don't think that should be a Yeah for "K" do you?

When I was in the garage yesterday I was commenting to one of the guys about how everyone who lives around here, takes no notice what so ever of the speed limits. He agreed but did warn me of an area where everyone does slow down as its a notorious speed trap area, so this is a Yeah for "C"

Anyhow, the gist of this post is that you can learn a lot from people who live locally, and support the local economy at the same time.

For more Buddy Friday posts, pop over to Margaret's Ramblings.


Rinkly Rimes said...

I'm sure you'll be a good neighbour and welcomed by everyone.

Arija said...

I absolutely agree with that, we foud a guardian angel who is the best fencer we know and always com up with a bloke who knows a bloke wh can fix what is needed, fron shearing sheep t o clraning out the septic, or doing earth works.
Your windy hill sounds like fun, not having anything to do when you retire is the worst thing. At least you are being kept occupied.
Once you get to b garden mad you may bless the beef producer for a source of manure.:)

Margaret's Ramblings said...

SO often you find that a local tradesman is cheaper than a nationwide franchaise. Great post Gill


Kadeeae said...

Too true! I have learned, the hard way, that "the locals" know EVERYTHING, lol.

Plus you can find 'experts' - more or less - by word of mouth, those who would never advertise anywhere. Thanks for the post :-)

QuiltedSimple said...

Great post - reinforces the value of community and getting to know the locals

Jo, a retired teacher said...

Wow, I just caught up with several of your last posts. You've had an........interesting moving experience. And isn't it always the case that cars need repairs just when we don't want them to?

Hopefully, there is some good luck coming your way soon.

scrappy quilter said...

I totally agree with you. We found some wonderful "locals" who have been so very helpful to us. In some ways, now we are "locals". Many call us to help in some small way. Also in finding these locals, you are helping your local economy. Great post!!

btw - at least you don't have any pig barns to smell. We have some that when the wind blows right, we close all windows and stay inside!!

mommanator said...

I love to shop locally. here in my town in FLA they have a local weekly produce outdoor market-love it! and use it

Denise said...

That 'K' sounds like a jewel. I'd hang onto 'K' if I were you :) Great post!

Sandi McBride said...

The more you get out and meet the locals, the more you'll find you have in common...or I've found it so in the different places we've lived...and you are bound to be a kind and lenient neighbor!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Sound like "K" is the go to guy for home improvement.
You are luck to find him.