Tag Archive: Rose Bush

Jun 02

The Rose Rides Again

At the closing yesterday, Friendly informed us that the rose bush had been returned.



However, it is not in the condition depicted in the photo above.  As I wrote before, the neighbour across the street had taken it, and in the process had cut off all the branches, leaving only two thorny stems sticking out of the pot.


I felt a little guilty about it: I guess I showed too much reaction when I discovered it on the neighbour’s property (not much at all: I thought I’d pretended to be cool very well) and so Friendly and the other owners negotiated its return.  I had actually come to terms with losing it, and I really hope that its return doesn’t sour relations with said neighbours.  And of course, I’m not in a position to give it back, because after the trouble everyone’s gone through, that would be rude.


All of which puts me under immense pressure to nurse the bush back to its former glory with my less-than-adequate gardening skills.  The eyes of the neighbourhood and the former owners (did I mention that one of the brothers (Sleepy) lives just a few minutes away?)  Halp!

May 26


We went to the Kamiooka Tea House on Saturday to meet with one of the renovation company reps who had visited last weekend and was now giving us her quotation.  It was nearly a million yen higher than the one we got before from Mitsui’s renovation company.  Of course, we’ve added a few things that we’d like to change since then, but I don’t think it was a million yen worth.  We weren’t super impressed by her either: it seems her company doesn’t have much imagination.

A bit of a shock: there were a few things that we’d seen last week at the Treasure Hunt that we’d decided this week that we’d actually like to keep (a milk pitcher, a door that we needed, a few more dishes).  But when Kumiko and I pulled up on our bicycles, we noticed a large truck in front of the house, filled to the brim with, well, everything that was in the house!


Our stuff that we’d put aside was safe, but the owners had obviously put the pedal to the metal on getting everything out (although we’d told them that they could wait until June, since we wouldn’t be moving in right away).


A few surprises: the rose bush that I was crowing about last week was missing.  I found pieces of it disassembled in the garden.  I thought at first they’d trashed it because it had been in a plastic pot, and I’d said we didn’t want plastic pots, but later I noticed a suspiciously bare rose stem sticking out of a pot under the neighbour’s porch.  It turns out that the neighbour had asked for the rose bush, and because I hadn’t mentioned it specifically, it was fair game.  On the plus side, at least it’s not dead.

Also, the door that we wanted to recycle and use between the kitchen and the new expanded living room was already buried under a pile of stuff on the truck.




The mikan tree in the yard, however, remains.  I made sure to make a point of this to the owners so they don’t end up giving that away too.


Final surprise: even though the owners hadn’t been expecting us to show up (looks like Hirasawa-san forgot to tell them), at the end of the day, they passed over the original and one copy of the house keys so that we can go there without an agent or the owners being present.


I thought that was really nice of them.  The house key now dangles on my keychain.


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It’s a pretty good-looking key.