We have come to the end of our National Holiday week off and managed to squeeze in the second stage of our house redecoration and remodelling. Having boxed up all our worldly belongings (apart from those we are using on our small temporary flat) we arranged for two burly workers to carry them all and our furniture down to the garage.
With about 15 large pieces of furniture and about 50 boxes and bags, it took most of the day to move it all down and we shared lunch together at a nearby restaurant. The afternoon session wasn't helped by an idiot who parked his car in the access alley where our van was going in and out (ignoring the "No Parking" signs). When he finally returned, he and his wife started cursing everyone and refusing to move. That was until five frustrated drivers from five different cars all being blocked by him started threatening physical violence! He moved.
Our workers have amazing levels of energy. I was "helping" for about 10% of the lifting and moving, but they were doing all the heavy stuff and barely stopped for a breather. Jiajia was chatting to them about what they do when one or both of them are ill, or as they get older. They claimed there just aren't any better jobs out them for them, and maybe that's true. For a day and a half of work, they get about 500RMB (£50) between them. They are certainly reliable though and we will use them again to move everything back in 6-8 months when all the building work is finished. Meanwhile, our house is a shell and our garage no longer has room for a car. Maybe just enough for my electric bike...
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