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service charge 1oct18-31mar19

3 Oct

london 11.51am 16.3C cloudy wednesday 2018

the half yearly service charge for my 2bedroom flat came today in the post. it is £675.58

 it’s only an estimate, but usually it is quite accurate.

there was also a statement of actual expenditure for 2017/18 .

£1290.25 (about £100 a month) for my flat’s share.

today is also the half yearly water bill. £152.08 . i dont have a water meter, so this one is a fixed bill, irregardless of how much water i use. it is about £304 a year.






water bill

14 Mar

london 9.20am 11.3C cloudy tuesday 2017

1.10pm 13.1C cloudy

water bill came in the post today to tell me how much it will be this coming year. the first tranche is £155.83 to be taken on 1 april 2017, the next tranche will be £155.82 to be taken on 1 oct 2017. its actually about £2 cheaper than last year. my flat is the old fashioned kind, where we share a water tank so we cannot install individual meters. the whole bill is about half -half divided between water usage and sewerage costs. they calculate it according to how many rooms u have in the flat and how many people live there. so water is one thing that i dont monitor, so i let everyone use as much as they like. but since neither of us do much laundry, or take baths anymore… showers are so much more convenient. i think our water use is very low but without individual meters we dont really get benefit from it. but ah well, when it is a community charge and everyone gets to pay the same, we kind of accept it.  just being grateful that we have running water and our sewerage is taken care of. now and then i remind myself how fortunate we are to have running unlimited supply of water on demand. it is one of the undervalued joys of life. i have lived in times,(growing up in malaysia you get that) when drought or broken or burst pipes have made water rationing a necessity, and know how bad it can be to the quality of life not to have running fresh clean drinkable water on tap.

here in london i save a fortune not having to buy bottled water. used to, until i came to my senses and realise i am not living in a third world country or even some parts of europe where water is undrinkable straight from the tap and you have to buy bottled water. 




service charge mar16-oct17, water bill half yearly

11 Oct

london 3.20pm 17.5C sunny tuesday 2016

i just remembered my half yearly service charge bill for the flat came a few days ago. i filed it away, forgetting to  put it aside to pay it and had forgotten all about it,  until just now when i passed the shop where i usually pay it into. when i got home i took it out , and saw that the closing date for payment is 21oct. so there is still time to pay it. glad i did not forget entirely. 

it is £575.41. for the 6months march2016- oct 2017. it is an estimated bill.i should think it will be about £1200 for the year. not too bad really. there are no lifts in these estate, so that is one big expense that is spared us and that i think keeps the amount down. 

 the water bill came in this month as well, it is £156.87. half yearly bill paid in two tranches. we dont have meters, as we all share the common tank that brings water to our bathrooms. it is of course way cheaper than paying rent. i cannot imagine how much i will have to fork out for this two- bedroom flat if i have to pay private rent on it. i am just glad i can live here without worrying about being kicked out by a landlord for not paying his rent. rents can only go up and up. that i think is the big reason why we should buy our own flat and pay off the mortgage on it. 

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people have joked that the british  still have separate hot and cold water taps. well i have only a cold water tap, so i am even more old fashioned than usual. the hot water used to come from a gas burner fixed on the wall, but it has long ago gone kaput and i have never got it repaired. and i now dont use hot water anymore to do my dishes. it is surprising how effective just using washing up liquid to clean , it gets rid of oil and fat too. of course i always throw the fat away first into the rubbish bin rather than down the sink hole and all traces of fat is removed by the washing up liquid. u dont need hot water at all. and the odd times when i need hot water, i just boil some in the kettle. 

selling water

6 Oct

london 7.52am 12C cloudy thursday 2016

i saw an article in the guardian this morning about how water has become big business. i have noticed a lot of coconut water drinks on the supermarket shelves of course, and had wondered is there enough coconuts to produce that much water to sell in cardboard containers. they look like milk cartons. i daresay someone will put them in plastic bottles to sell as water. £4 for a litre for the pure coconut water. presumably from the coconut shell. others with 5% coconut water cost half the price. i dont understand the rationale of that coconut flavoured water. might be better to just add the artificial flavour from chemicals. 

the article mentions someone is marketting water in a can. it can be resealed and that might please those who dont like plastic bottles littering the world. whatever will they think of next. i used to buy into the hype and buy bottled water myself. that was long ago when i was more foolish than now. haha. but there is a constant supply of naive youngsters coming into the world waiting to be snapped up by water entrepreneurs wanting to sell them water. talk about selling them a bridge. haha. it is the modern equivalent of it. people forget that u can get the image simply by refilling your designer branded water bottle with tap water and flash it around like you are a celebrity. haha. you get the same effect at no cost at all. in fact at one time i used to carry around with me one brand of bottle by a wellknown manufacterer because i like the mechanism they put on their bottle cap. its a very neat design. but i googled them just now and found out they have changed their bottle top design. haha.

a lot of commenters castigate people for buying these bottled water, but i think it is just as well for our economy that there are people willing to pay. after all, the economy depands on buying and selling and the circulation of money. without it there is no profits to be taxed and revenue for the state. 

one day i guess they will bottle air and sell it. i have a feeling that so many buy airconditioners nowadays not only to cool the air, but also they believe that it purifies the outside air, removing particulates and smells. it is just a small step to invent one that removes the chemicals and micro pollutants as well. perhaps by spraying a fine mist , or let it run through a fine mist chamber, that should dissolve a lot of stuff out. as cities gets more polluted, this might well happen. and it is a logical progression to piping in compressed air produced by someone who can see the demand for such clean air.

that small plaque next to that tree is to commemorate the pear tree being planted

more pics showing the pear tree. and more covers on the pavements. no fruits on the tree.

bills and the importance of savings

1 Apr

london wednesday 2015

this morning in the post there came the estimated half yearly service charge bill for my flat. it came to £605. but since i overpaid last time i only have to pay £480.

 but it serves to emphasise why saving is so essential when u own a flat.

the bills invariably come all at once. because today is also the day the direct debit will deduct £153 and £70 for water and council tax respectively.

for months you see your balance grows and u think i am rich. haha. then all these payments come up, and bang the balance drops.

i look on all this with a calm mind, because i know i have the money saved to pay them all.

but people who dont look ahead will be caught out and then on top of all the monthly commitments from their hire purchases and interests , from the spending they have incurred during those ‘rich’ days… they get these huge bills. so beware.

i admit i am smug about it, haha. i think i am allowed it. so there!

sometimes i forget too, and would wonder why i am so careful about not buying things when there is so much money in the bank, and wondering if i am too stingy…and then this happens and that hits me …. it is times like this gives me a jolt and shows me this is why. and then i thank myself that i dont really bother to buy stuff…

Thames water- save money with these freebies

22 Dec

i am reblogging this post by puddlesarefree because it contained a link to thameswater for freebies. i got their shower head, but did not know they have other things as well. i asked for the swivel tap head, (i asked for 2, haha) rather than the water saving devices. at the moment i am not on a meter and so the water devices are not useful. but i shall keep the link in mind by reblogging that post just in case i need them in future.
my thanks to puddlesarefree for telling us of it. that shower head was real useful to me and it was something that thames water told me about in a letter. the others may have been mentioned but at that time i was not interested.
but recently i have to get rid of an old swivel tap i had in the kitchen tap , so am right in need of another. the water engineer who came to test my water says the old swivel head may be harbouring germs. in the end, i am still to this day not sure if it is the problem or not. i wonder what are the risks of germs in the swivel tap over the years??? by rights there should not be any way the germs can stick in the swivel tap.

added. 31.12.14. the swivel tap heads have arrived by post. sorry to say they are not what i expected. they are for the combined tap head, not for a single tap which is what mine is. the combined tap head brings together the hot and cold taps into one channel. even so , they dont look like the old swivel tap head that i had. ah well, nevermind. as in most things in life, it is desireable but not essential. 

puddles are free

These freebies were flagged up to me by my parter when he came back from work telling me he couldn’t be leave thames water were giving stuff away for free and it saves you money too. When the pack of stuff came I my self was pretty impressed he had managed to get all this for free, we have a new shower head, kitchen swivel tap, tap inserts, save a flush and shower inserts, I expected it to be a bit cheep looking but no, it’s all good quality and best of all it doesn’t cost a penny. My favourite is defiantly the kitchen swivel tap 🙂

Check out the link for more info and to order yours,

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15 Oct


i wonder if i am getting old but i think not, i think it is this library , trying to make me think i am losing my mind and getting old. 

this morning i am at the library and i could not find the usual library network to get online.

i see others and they seem to be online, though it is hard to tell as many may just be working offline. i could ask them but i did not want to do so. in a library i am reluctant to talk to other people as i like quiet.

anyway i went to the desk to ask them and at first the receptionist thought i was talking of the computers in the library which u can use, saying they work ok; only later she realised i was talking of the wifi. how strange, i would have thought she would immediately know that any puzzled query about the internet will be about this new change in network name.

I have been coming to the library to get online for  a long time and have only yesterday logged on using the old network.  for her not to realise that anyone approaching the desk complaining of it will be from this change makes me wonder what kind of people they have working for the library.

i have been using this network everyday and today is the first time i see this change. and there has been no notice pinned up in a prominent place or on the desks in the reading room to tell us of it. it was only when she realised what i was about that she gave me a leaflet telling me how to get online. 

all this reminds me of a post by someone who found an error in the official answer to the maths question in an exam. the answer was wrong, so that her child who gave the right answer was marked wrong. it can really destroy someone’s confidence if u do that. it’s the same with old people.

if u hide their things or move it about, you can really make them think they are losing their mind when they return to where they left it and it is not there. so all you people out there, dont move an old person’s things at all. leave them exactly where u find them. dont think u are doing them a favour by tidying up after them.

anyway after a roundabout route , so different from the previous one, i finally got online in the library.

i suppose it gives me something to write about. haha.

the man has come to test my tap water again. i was very reluctant to let him as the water board did not tell me of it. well, this time it better be negative, or i shall kick up a stink that the man was doing the test wrong. he was wiping with a cloth where the water comes out of the tap. that is not really very sterile, i did not question him when he did it, but now i have a think it seems most peculiar. why contaminate the tap before taking the water? i hope my soul will put an end to it and that the test comes out negative. 

been watching crime tv programs. this one called grantchester is about a vicar who solves murder in his parish. i know it is fiction, and the writer must make people do things like kill someone for some very small reason as far as i can see, otherwise there wont be a novel will there? but it just makes me think their souls just want to make their lives difficult.