When I went upstairs to get changed I looked out of the window to see a young guy heaving a roll of carpet out of the back of the van. The carpet must have been buried under several other rolls as he had both feet on the back of the van and was lying almost horizontal as he struggled to remove the carpet.
Eventually, another guy came out to help and between them they hauled the carpet out of the van and up onto their shoulders.
They stood like this talking for a few seconds then dropped the carpet onto the road behind the van. They cut the binding on the carpet and unrolled it out flat so that the carpet was spread out over the road, the gutter and the footpath.
The carpet must have been rolled “north to south” when they needed it rolled “east to west” for the room.
They then began to roll up the carpet the way they needed it, upended it and carried it on their shoulders into the house.
I dread to think what that carpet had been lying in when it was spread out onto the footpath.
The road is a busy main road and the gutter, at the moment, is full of dead leaves and other Autumn roadside rubbish.
The footpath leads onto the old colliery railway line which is now a cycle track and very popular with dog-walkers. Unfortunately, not all dog-walkers are environmentally friendly, pretending not to notice what their dog is doing whilst they check their phone.
I have on many occasions had to take a hose-pipe out onto the footpath to clean up after them.
I only hope the bit of footpath they rolled the carpet out onto was as clean as I try to keep my bit.