Photo Marek Ślusarczyk
They got quite a few more jobs in the road on the strength of their work for us.
I saw Mr Gates a few weeks after he'd left us. He had a slightly harried look about him.
'Coo,' he said, 'you've got some funny neighbours, haven't you?'
I could only agree that some of his recent clients were indeed very odd.
'Ah well,' I told him, comfortingly. 'At least you're with Maureen, now,' (names have been changed). 'I'm sure she's looking after you.'
He sighed, hugely.
'Huh,' he said. 'She catches the dust as it falls, that one does.'
It was an expression that still gives me intense pleasure many years on.
Word To Use Today: dust. This word comes from the Old English dūst, and is related to the Old High German tunst, which means storm.