Do you ever wish you had a £ for every?
WOW what a hot one its been here today,
Ive been outside all day and enjoyed the fresh air,
When i was living in the uk i had the contract for looking after the police & court building in prestatyn north wales,
Well today i got a letter from a friend who told me the building is now empty of police workers and is up for rent,
He also went on to tell me the company my wife worked in for 27yrs has been sold to another company,
I also looked after the gardens for that concern,
after i’d finished reading the letter i couldnt help but think two things really,
(1) how many people these days sit down and write a hand written letter?
(2) How many people who worked in a building or in gardens for the same company for over 20 years wished they had a £POUND, for every time they walked down those corridors, or worked in the same gardens for this sort of length of time?
How much do you think you’d have in your hand now?
I remember talking to a friend of mine who looked after gardens for the more wealthy folk,
He had a full work load as he was honest and a very good gardener, one you could trust to get on with the work and peoples pets seemed to love him.
He worked alone and having worked pre his own garden care company he was head gardener for the British steel company.
I asked him if he ever had any problems with customers?
And it was then he told me about one customer he’d lost due to her returning to the south of england and her “HALL” being sold and the new people not understanding gardening or trust.
It worked out that after only 6 weeks of these new people moving in to the hall the owners husband said he wanted the drive to have flowers on bothsides for an evening function he was having in two weeks,
The gardener pointed out the daffs wont flower for another 3/4 weeks,
Cant you do something to hurry them along?
A further week passed and the Halls husband asked why is it you spend so much time in the potting shed?
My wife said you we’re in the shed for most of the morning,
It was explained that he was potting up urns etc for the evening function in a weeks time as asked,
Who asked you!
The gardener gave notice and then opened his book of people wanting him to take on their gardens,
some had asked as long ago as three years but one phone call and the “Hall’s” empty space was filled,
The previous “Hall’s” Owner heard about the way the gardener had been treated and contacted the new owner and really was annoyed at the treatment given out,
Six moths had gone by and the gardener was coming out of a store in chester when he was approached by the new owner of the “Hall”
He was full of “sorry” it was a misunderstanding and when could he expect the gardener to return?
The gardener asked if the owner still did the gambling thing? “Chester races etc”.
Oh yes im pretty good at it? Was his reply
Really said the gardener as he took a 50 pence piece out of his pocket,
He said I’ll toss this coin, heads i win and i never return,
tails you loose.
It’s a good lesson both in a really good gardener is worth his/her weight in gold,
A bad customer for what ever reason wont keep a gardener for long.
And only gamble “if you know what your doing”
- 5 Jul, 2013
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