All for the want of a horse shoe nail.

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

This little ditty was quoted by my father when I was a child.  I can’t remember the context but I think it was when we passed the statue of Alexander III on the outskirts of Kinghorn in Fife.

Alexander IIIHis horse stumbled on a cliff edge and Alexander was killed. The statue is a memorial to Alexander III. No doubt one of my siblings will remember the correct context and let me know.

The poem is actually a nursery rhyme used to teach children the consequences of their actions.

Our second bathroom renovation is the reason I mention this little poem only in this case it is “for want of a plumber the plastering was lost.”

The demolition of the bathroom went quickly but now all has stalled as a result of the plumber not turning up to finish the job.  The plasterer arrived but couldn’t do any plastering as the plumber hadn’t completed his part of the job.

Hopefully all the plumbing will be finished tomorrow.  It has been a week since the plumbing was supposed to be finished.  I’m getting twitchy.

 

4 thoughts on “All for the want of a horse shoe nail.

  1. I don’t think I’ve heard that little ditty before; it has a powerful message. You’re fairly cracking on with renovations, although it must be frustrating to be held up when you’re so close to completing this job. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished room.

    • We have our grandson staying with us next week so he will need to use the ensuite bathroom while he is here. We thought the main bathroom would be finished by now.

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