It is midweek following a holiday and the plumbing work has begun. This is week three and there may well be another two weeks before things are wrapped up. Walls are thin in this place and the original builders did a lot of questionable things, not all of which can be undone.
The bath tub from the next flat is obvious once the rear wall of the kitchen is opened and while at work on the electrical for the stove, my builder spied a small leak as the next door neighbor was showering. The owner, who is a contractor, was contacted, and has since re-calked around his escutcheon plate and the tub spout. We hope this will resolve the issue but since it is only obvious when the shower or tub is running, we will ask to check before the new wall board is put up.
I wish I could say the holiday was restful but with idiots galore setting off bottle rockets all afternoon and most of the evening, the cat was jumpy and I was annoyed. More noise pollution we do not need. I did not attend any community fireworks displays because even as a kid I found them jarring.
Perhaps I really do need to find a cave...