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Friday, 24 November 2017

Not a week for getting out much

This week has been thoroughly driech, and November-ish and wet.  It has also been thoroughly sad;  our neighbour never regained consciousness after his cardiac arrest and subsequent fall, and passed away on Wednesday night.

After the shock of P's accident at the weekend I took Bill out for the day on Monday.  Only got as far as Carlisle but it was hugely confidence boosting to take the campervan on my own and not have any problems with driving a manual gearbox.  I had a stop at Dobbies to look at the Christmas decorations (and say "hi" to the Festive Rat!) but didn't buy anything.  Whilst some of their wares were quite lovely I spent most of the time looking at price tags and shouting "how much?" in my head.







After a mega-session in Sainsbury's I had planned on going into the town centre but really, I can buy undies online from M&S far easier than in a large and confusingly laid out store so I came home.



The rest of the week has been something of a wash-out with torrential rain on Wednesday which put paid to any plans to go out for Management's birthday, although this morning it is very cold and there's clearly been snowfall on the hills overnight.





The task of going door to door and telling the neighbours that P. had died fell to me, and I followed that depressing couple of hours with a quick trip to the shops.  Daisy is not happy; I keep disappearing and not taking her with me.  M. tells me that whilst she doesn't sit at the door and cry in my absence, she does tend to curl up very quietly and do not a lot until I return.  We are even starting to wonder if some recent 'not-quite-right-tummy' episodes are connecting with my going out and leaving her.  Honestly, it's worse than kids!


There continues to be absolutely stuff-all activity in the garden.  Even though I planted a few Swiss Chard and lettuce for overwintering in the greenhouse I can summon up little enthusiasm to go and tend to them.  This too shall pass, I've gone "off" the garden before and I know I will get back into it when the time is right.

There has, however, been sewing activity of the "making things for Bill" kind, but those photos are still on the camera . . .  the only thing I can show as completely finished is a pressing sham for a lightweight jacket I bought that has the most difficult-to-iron sleeves I have ever seen in a garment.






18 comments:

  1. I'm really sorry to read about your neighbour. So very sad. It was kind of you to let the other neighbours know.
    I hope you've been keeping warm and dry during this recent rotten weather. There has been much localised flooding here and a few roads are yet to clear.X
    Bless Daisy. She loves you sooo very much, you'll just have to take her everywhere in future. I'm sure Sainsbury's wont mind. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. Everything feels slightly surreal, the circumstances of the accident are the sort of thing you hear about on TV 'A&E' programmes, not on one's doorstep.

      I shall let local shop managers know you have said Daisy has to come with me - I'm sure that will be quite enough to convince them!!!

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear that your neighbour didn't make it. It was good of you to go round and let all the other neighbours know, certainly not the most pleasant of tasks.

    Daisy obviously senses there's something amiss - I think animals often know more than we give them credit for. Maybe you should get her one of those yellow jackets with 'assistance dog' written on it then you can take her to the shops with you :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice. Yes, telling neighbours - not really something I needed to add to my CV, but it had to be done. I was certainly blown out of bed by the phone call early Thursday to tell me the news :(

      You are absolutely right about Daisy sensing something was going on, perhaps once upon a time people had similar awareness but we've lost it over time?

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  3. It is a horrible time of the year, and with your neighbours woes, it does not make you want to feel any better, at least in December we see loads of glitter. We went to our big garden center Christmas shop, this week, and I'm with you, some of the prices were just ridiculous. Plus some of the things on sell left me muttering 'what the hell has that got to do with Christmas'. I came away with just a small jug, which I was looking for. I'm only picking up leaves in our garden at the moment, total shutdown for me.

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    1. Hi Marlene, glad it is not just me being Scrooge, but the price of some of the decorations was ludicrous.

      Well done for getting leaves picked up - want to come and do mine?

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  4. I'm so sorry you've lost your neighbor. Your weather does not sound fun. Would be a good time to visit here since we have sunshine and blue skies. It's cool (high 50's F) but lovely nonetheless.

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    1. Thank Sues, we could do with a few days of sunshine and blue sky. It's definitely our grey time of year.

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  5. Things like that put life into perspective. Hugs for coping, hugs to Daisy too.

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  6. That is just so sad about your neighbour. You just never know what the future holds do you? During the period that Martyn wasn’t allowed to drive we started online grocery shopping which has been really liberating, no more traipsing round supermarkets and queuing at the check out. I wish that we had tried it sooner.

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    1. You're right Sue, this has definitely rbought home to us, in the most brutal of ways, just how life can change in an instant.

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  7. Sorry to hear about P. I'm wondering if Daisy still has anxiety from her traumatic time before she met her wonderful new family & as Mgt. went to work at the start, you were her sole carer most of the time & her safety net? I understand how the weather plays a big part in what you feel like doing. I was just starting to look at the garden with fresh eyes after a seemingly long winter & now it is unbelievably hot & muggy & am just keeping up with some watering & best laid plans have been put aside. As for my sewing, nothing has been done for about 2 months, since we got back from Canberra, so you are doing well & even my blogging is hit & miss. Now its full pelt towards Xmas.......ugh! I'm sure you'll settle into a winter routine soon. Take care & huggles. Oh, & late birthday wishes to MGT.

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    1. Thank you Susan, lovely thoughtful comment. Email on it's way, xxx

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  8. I'm so sorry your neighbour lost his life, such a tragic accident. The weather is so depressing right now and it's hard to get motivated. I do most of my shopping online and it's a treat not to have to go out, queue and have the shopping delivered, the delivery people are so helpful and friendly too. I agree with the comments above that Daisy probably suffers some separation anxiety, we never really know what issues our rescue dogs have as a result of their past experiences.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, we think you are quite right about Daisy - she is so bonded to me that I am sure she is suffering a form of anxiety when I disappear. We think it may be getting worse as she ages and are resolved that wherever and whenever possible she comes with us when we go out.

      Despite being as totally spoiled with us as I think it is possible to be {grin} I have always suspected that the loss of her previous 'person' - however that occured - has scarred her deeply.

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  9. Enjoy each moment you're given...none of us know what is just around the corner. x

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  10. Thank you m’dear, it certainly puts all the “small irritations” into perspective, doesn’t it.

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