All Fun and Games as a self employed gardener
Well today I went to one of my new lady’s gardens. Boy did she get me working, my back is now feeling it…
First I had to dig out a climbing rose which was in an awkward position next to a patio and pergola. Then I had to prize out a clematis from a very large heavy pot and then replant it in the place of the rose. Then I had to prize out the remainders of another clematis from another pot and plant that next to it, and then I almost managed to weed a whole large border for her as well.
Then towards home time she came out with £20… I felt so embarassed having to tell her again that I charge £12 per hour and that I had done four hours as previously mentioned.
Next thing she is back out with the money (not looking too happy) and said she only wanted me for one more time. I was very clear about everything when I first met her. It was embarassing for me and no doubt for her in the end.
Anyway she was happy with what I had done so that was the main thing.
The other lady I am supposed to see next week can’t now make it on that day. She mentioned two other days which weren’t any good for me. So I rang her work number as requested only to find multiple departments in which I had to press the appropriate number. I didn’t know which department she worked in so had to ring her home number and leave a message there instead. I’ve heard more about this lady, she doesn’t sound at all pleasant. I don’t think I would be at all bothered if they didn’t ring back.
All in all a strange day, but I got a fair bit done and my back is now complaining about it, got a six hour stint to do tomorrow. At least they are a bit more gentle with me and give me cups of tea :)
In a way I am glad to only have to work one more week at that lady’s because in all honesty I wanted to gradually ease myself into work again and I have had a few odd pangs of where pain used to be and its made me feel nervous. I’d be glad if I just did the two original ladies until I feel more confident about my back. Here’s hoping. I know I should feel worried about getting more work and money but at the moment all I care about is not being back where I was this time last year!