Posted: May 8, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Home Talisman by Mo 15
we just received a letter from the real estate agent saying a builder and a gardener would be coming around to give the owner some quotes… can understand about  asking the builder in as there are some structural problems that need to be addressed… but a gardener? that’s what we do for a living!!!
x fingers we will get to stay here in our beautiful old lady of a house for a good while yet…

  1. dinahmow says:

    Absentee owners often want trees removed…maybe you should add a second wishbone?

  2. Julie Banks says:

    Sounds ominous sending around a gardener- hope they don’t want to `tidy up’ and clip all your beautiful plants! We have just had Ausgrid attacking ours so I can sympathise. Hopefully you can nip it in the bud!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Oh Julie can you imagine? a real estate agent gardening service!? let’s hope the owner will just ignore this new real estate agent’s ambitions as she has done the last three !

  3. Maybe the agent doesn’t appreciate a more natural garden . . . thinks that orderly rows and plants trimmed within an inch of their lives are better (ugh). Fingers, eyes, legs, arms, all crossed for a long stay.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Oh Wendy, I have been making a living as a qualified horticulturist for the last 25 years, Old Man Crow for 35 years, between the two of us we have 60 years of professional gardening experience… I met Julie Banks (previous comment) when we both worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Sydney in the early 90’s… when we moved in here the garden was non existent we removed 6 bags of local cat poo!

  4. Carol says:

    Everything crossed for you, Mo! So you may stay in the old house, and so that no one interferes with your garden. ((((Old Lady))))

  5. STAY COOL AND FRIENDLY take notes and don’t worry. Pretend you love everything that’s being said, admire the agents ideas and talk about your plants if the occasion seems right. All is well.

  6. Liz says:

    I think you should submit a “competitive bid” from “Old Crow Gardening Service” … maybe they’ll pay you to do what you’re already doing (big wink)

    • Mo Crow says:

      Ha! we’re MeMo Garden Services (he’s me & I’m Mo) and The Happy Triffid for indoor gardening, still shaking my head about the quote for gardening but am hoping this is all just formal protocols that we have to run through for the owner to give us permission to mend the front fence, she has never paid for any repairs in the 6 & 1/2 years we have lived here!

  7. ravenandsparrow says:

    Yes, Julie’s word – ominous- came to my mind as well, but no use in assuming the worst. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you and your home.

    • Mo Crow says:

      we did get scared and worried but then worked like busy little bees cutting back a line of trees that was overshadowing the lawn in one of our bigger inner city gardens and by the time we finished we both felt OK and wrote an e-mail back to the real estate agent thanking him for keeping us in the loop. Renting is always a tenuous situation here in Sydney, neither of us bought into the idea of security when we were young and now we’re way too old to worry!

  8. grace says:

    eeeeee, bummer. just the anxiety that is a natural response. I have it in my “prayer” basket
    from Patricia…the walnut with breathing spaces…it’s a powerful basket. Big Love to
    you both as you endure this.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks for the good vibes (((Grace))), whichever way it goes we are here for now & x fingers a good while longer! Whenever we have to move my first reaction is to curl up the fetal position and wish it wasn’t happening but within half an hour I get bored with just lying there, get up off the ground, put my hunting cap on and start looking for the next house to make into a home & I do enjoy the hunt!

  9. deemallon says:

    I know you have the strength and wisdom to deal with whatever comes up. I am hoping it is just some form of due diligence having to do with maintenance combined with a general ignorance about who their tenants are.

    • Mo Crow says:

      we live in one of the most run down houses in this increasingly gentrified inner city area & know our days are numbered, most of our artist and muso friends left Sydney decades ago!

      • deemallon says:

        Oh well in that case, I guess maybe the appreciation for your place is the possible beginning to saying goodbye?

        • Mo Crow says:

          My mom taught us from a very young age that moving is a grand adventure, she moved us so many times all around the world with style, grace and humour, her most recent move in 2012 was from Houston where she had lived since 1978 to Cary, North Carolina and drove all the way in her little red Beetle!

          • deemallon says:

            Wow! You and I have that in common then. I never lived anywhere for more than six years growing up ( and generally staying two to three). My mother always generated enthusiasm and know how when it came to finding the good Italian grocer and fixing up our houses with with panache and not much money. But it is part of why I was so committed to staying put while raising my boys. It is hard to not really have a “hometown” and to be the new kid at school over and over. But like you, I came away with the sense that moving is a fun and aesthetic challenge.

            • Mo Crow says:

              4 houses ago I had lived in 45 houses by the age of 40, at 60 I’ve slowed down a bit in thw last 20 years but must say I enjoyed being able to reinvent myself at every new school as a very wild child!

              • deemallon says:

                This got me to counting-27 moves in 36 years. And then not one since 1993 (though I’ve helped one son move three times in the last three years…). From the looks of it, you have quite a bit if stuff to move next time.

                • Mo Crow says:

                  that’s a lot of moves! My Dad was a petroleum engineer hence all the moves when I was young, what did your Dad do? & thank goodness most of the stuff here was found on the side of the road so it can go back out there if we have to downsize radically for the next move… perhaps it’ll be onto that dream houseboat if I can ever convince the man & the cat it’s a good idea!!

  10. margaret johnson says:

    We have lived n many places over the years too (including Sydney and Perth). We always made each place our home and actually paid money to fix things. We were always lulled into calling each place ‘ours’ which of course they weren’t. What a total waste of emotional attachment and money! Now in our old age, we still don’t own our house, but luckily we can stay here for as long as our old age pension can stretch out enough to pay council rates etc. Really hope everything turns out the way you two hope it will. oxox

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Marg))) you two have made such a beautiful garden, there’s a big chunk of my heart that longs to move back to the bush, grow some vegetables and keep a few chooks.

  11. Mo Crow says:

    2 builders came to do quotes to replace the front fence & to remove the Celtis australis (weed tree) that is cracking the wall and lifting the gas pipe and also to repair the ceiling and wall in my studio space. Now we will wait & see if the landlady agrees to do the work (very unlikely but wonders never cease!) & it was good to talk to the builders about having a go at mending the wall, they both reckon it would collapse as soon as we tried to remove any of it… it’s getting so wobbly it’s starting to look like the Frank Gehry building over at UTS without the steel supports!

    • Thanks for the link to the Frank Gehry building . . . wonderful! And here’s hoping the work is done, as much for you as tenants as to protect her investment.

      I had a salutory lesson in not worrying over what may not happen last week . . . I went into catastrophizing mode and it all turned to nothing fortunately.

      • Mo Crow says:

        The Gehry building is amazing, the builders deserve an award for realizing the design & yes re catastrophizing, feeling a lot less shaky after talking to the builders!

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