Salam all long time no see :o)
It has been a while (again) since I posted and that's due to work and other commitments but hopefully inshaAllah all of us can make an effort.
It has been very cold here in the lat few days and too much rain which is really annoying as it makes you end up being stuck indoors with not much to do.
On the home front there has not been much happening except a couple of weeks ago, the neighbour came over and said that he can smell gas coming from our house and that he called the gas board, next morning the the gas engineer came over and checked the system, within minutes he condemned it and declared it a Hazard to use, he said it was like we were living in a time bomb but we didn't smell the gas because we got used to the smell, gas was leaking from pipes under the floor and the whole system, pipes, boiler and radiators had to go, he sealed the meter and the cooker and gave us a couple of small electric heaters and an electric hob to cook on, we were just like people in a disaster zone that were driven out of their homes huddled in front of a little fan heater with a pot boiling on the little hub :o)
Of course the job needed to be done as soon as possible and it is a very expensive job, we contacted the land lord (who should have sent people to check the gas system, he nearly killed us) he got in touch with the gas suppliers who estimated the job to cost about £4000, he was not happy at all and ended up contacting a qualified engineer to do the job who happens to be Libyan. So for the next week the floor boards get ripped up, radiators dismantled, complete chaos, the engineer found out the the old carpets in the house were rotting and told the land lord, we have actually asked the land lord before to remove the old carpet and put a laminate flooring because my kids suffer from Eczema & Asthma but he wasn't keen, now he had no choice but to agree, so 2 Polish workers join the force and more chaos and may ham, in fact a disaster for my wife, she started to see traces of mice in the house, London is infested with mice and rats that mainly live in borrows under the houses, of course ripping the floor boards and carpets created holes for them to come into the house, I didn't notice anything at first but my wife is completely scared of mice and would literally freeze at the thought. One evening I come in and there right in front of me was a mouse, then I heard a noise in the kitchen, next day the house was armed with mouse poison everywhere.
The work is finished now, Alhamdulellah, the new boiler is great, the house is worm and the cooker is back in action, the floor is nice and clean, kids asthma has improved since they don't have a rotting carpet in their bedroom.
I found one dead mouse but haven't seen or heard any for few days, I hope they are gone, not my favourite animals.