A little bit incredibly angry and annoyed tonight, so perhaps if you are soft of nature it might be best to go away and come back tomorrow.
We have tall golden cane palms all along one side fence of our house, well over a metre from the house . They are as tall as our two storey house and we can lie in our bed and watch lorikeets and other birds play in the branches. The branches also shade out the light in the lane way that runs beside the house; in turn also providing privacy from anyone walking by. It is also the prettiest garden.
The Indian couple seeking to buy our house have requested a week’s extension before the contract goes unconditional. It was suppose to be unconditional today.
The reason? They are worried that in the future termites might be attracted to the palm trees and move onto the house for dessert. We have built in hard wood, we have special termite barriers, have undertaken inspections every year and have an extended warranty for another five years, so that if any termite damage is found, the termite pest control company will make repairs, even if it means rebuilding the house. Inspection this week proved the entire property is termite free.
They are worried that in the future termites might attack. They are Indians who have come to Australian from England and so have no experience of termites, and I understand that they are in a foreign environment, but there can be no better guarantee against termites than what we can provide.
It is very unusual for termites to attack living palm trees also. There have been some instances in far north Queensland, but not in this area. There is more danger of termites if they cut down the beautiful palms and leave dead stumps or roots.
So, I am feeling frustrated, thwarted and very,very angry. I would like to call for my stick. It will also break my heart if they demand the felling of such beautiful trees.
We shall not go easily into the night.
[On the other hand, the house we are buying has native bee hives in the garden (native bees do not sting, but do help pollinate local flowers )... oh and native white ant nests in some of the trees - not usually the house eating kind.We still intend buying the house.]