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The Wonders Of A Wife

January 24, 2014

I was lamenting the huge pile of documents we had which needed to be shredded.  Unfortunately our shredder takes a single piece of paper at a time.  The pile of paper was over a foot high.

“What I really need is somewhere to burn them,” I said to K, our ayah (children’s nanny; mother’s help; general saviour of our household etc). “But we don’t have a metal bucket.  I’ll look for one when I’m out next.”

And that was that.

A week or so later I spied a small brown structure in the garden.  It was a chapati oven.  K had made it from scratch out of the clay soil that we have around here.

“It’s for your documents,” she said.  “And when you’ve finished I will have it for cooking chapatis at home.”

And so hubby and H had a happy afternoon being all manly and making fires and burning things and then, when it had all cooled down we took the oven back to K’s house for a chapati extravaganza.

Other things that K has done in the “You give me problems, I’ll give you solutions” type vein:

1. Climbed a 15 foot tree to get the ripest oranges for the boys;

2. Fashioned a swing out of some rope and a length of piping for the play park at the back of our house which was, sadly, swing-less;

3. Got us a trampoline, which had been abandoned in our next door neighbour’s garden and which the ‘works’ people had refused to move, by press-ganging her husband and some poor gardener who was passing by into lifting it over the 10 foot wall between our properties;

4. Disappeared off with my pushchair one morning when we had an irreparable puncture.  She came back with completely new tyres and inner tubes.  She ‘knew a man who did that sort of thing’.

5. Commented that my scatter cushions were a bit old and tired.  They were.  I said that whilst I have two young boys who use them for forts/trampolines/offensive weapons (delete as appropriate according to day and time) I was not going to change them.  I came back from holiday to find they’d been recovered using a Pakistani fabric used for wrapping bread which I’d mentioned to K a few months back would make lovely cushions.  She’d done them herself.  Observe:

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6. And then my mobile stopped working.  It’s one from hubby’s work.  We thought it was the battery so we got a new one but that didn’t work either.  It looked completely bust.  After a few days of no one quite knowing what to do and contemplating getting a new one K lost patience.  She took it away last Friday and returned it on Monday as good as new.

Everyone needs a K. There’s someone in the house who changes the bedding without being asked, prepares hot meals for when I walk through the door, keeps the children entertained (last week  she made a bow and arrow set out of sticks and string. It still works).   It’s like having a 1950s’ wife of my own.  I don’t know how I’ve coped so long without her.   The only downside is we can never leave…at least not until she’s organised it.

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11 Comments
  1. I need some bread wrapping fabric… Immediately. (And a wife)

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    • I shall send you some. How can I get your address in a nice safe way over the magical interweb?
      Carrot x

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    • The bread-wrapping fabric. Not the wife. I only have the one and I can’t give her up….

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  2. They use that to wrap bread? It’s beautiful! You should start an export business… I’d buy some 🙂

    The wife would come handy too… I have one (of the ayah variety) but she’s not nearly as resourceful as yours!

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  3. That’s so very kind…. Send me an email too blackberryandcrumble@gmail.co.uk and I’ll send you it… What do you need from these shores in return? Xx

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    • I’ve sent you an email (I guessed the suffix after a couple of failed attempts!). Did you get it?

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  4. No, not yet…

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  5. I’ve emailed plan b with my address, via her blog and asked her to fwd to you…

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