Gosh this year has decided to blow out in style. You would never believe how many guttering and fence replacement vans I’ve seen buzzing around this rather well heeled estate. Whereas just a few short years ago, you would have picked up the phone and got Dad to come over with his workbench and all the spare nails, tacks, screws etc. that anyone could imagine needing. After fixing that battered fence, he’d be up for sorting out the toilet cistern and checking the rest of the water closets – just in case anything else was wearing out at the same time. You can’t help wondering further back to their time. How did Dad get to know everything needed to fix absolutely anything that’s broken. Dad’s don’t grow on trees and most families need professional assistance from contractors who actually know the best way to fix things and will know any regulations covering some of that work.