And breathe

And breathe….

I seem to be saying that more frequently than normal this week. Reminding myself to keep cool.

This week has given us time to settle down into the new routine a little bit more, so it feels less alien. Nothing much has happened, but that is no bad thing. All clubs are on the go, or not. Our piano/harp teacher is no longer offering after school lessons, so I need to sort out another teacher. I might even explore an over-the-internet route. Anyone had experience of this kind of music tuition?

There have been several incidents that have tried my patience. Totally avoidable by others, but I’m left to sort it out. For instance, the postman must have delivered a financial letter for us to a neighbour. Instead of giving it to us, or just popping it back into a post box, they wrote “Gone away”. Next we received a letter informing us that the financial company has lost touch with us, which was worded in such a way that it sounded as if someone had changed our address. I spent half an hour on the phone trying to get to the bottom of it and make sure nothing dodgy is happening. Also as it’s not my letter, I can’t actually sort it out over the phone. The family member will have to do that. More time. Grrrrr.

teasel in kitchen garden

I’m left wondering how many other letters I’ve lost.

And don’t even mention the over the top loud neighbour’s burglar alarm that keeps on going off, or the broken window.


I have middle teen home today, as she fainted at school. Not the kind of phone call you want to receive. Nor to be told that you need to park as close to the school as possible, so they can wheel her out. I think my heart was racing the whole drive over there, as I imagined what was going to greet me when I arrived.

She’s fine. Checked over by the doctor now and taking it easy.


Large frog outside back door.

Next week will be easier. Hopefully our oil delivery will arrive and I can start baking in the Aga again. Nothing like the fragrance of apple pies to lift my mood and see me through the day.  At least my days are not numbered like the pale blue tit in the top photo. Beautiful, but it’s colour will make it easy prey, I fear.

A bit more down beat than my usual Friday roundups. Not all weeks are great, which makes it even more important to remind myself that I have a lot to be grateful for.

Joining in with Jocelyn’s #wotw. My week is summed up by “breathe”


22 thoughts on “And breathe

  • Friday 5 October, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I’d have been the same as you after receiving a phone call like that, full on panic and needing to slow down and breathe. I’m glad she’s OK, hope she gets some rest today and is back to her normal self. Your neighbour certainly made things a lot harder for you than they needed to be, very frustrating. Breathe. Hope next week’s a better one x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Friday 5 October, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      Hard not to imagine the worst, but all’s well that ends well. Yes, if only they had taken a split second to think, it would have saved me time. Ah well, here’s to next week.

  • Friday 5 October, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I’m glad your daughter is okay, it seems like you’ve had a lot to stress you out this week. I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend to make up for it. x

    • Friday 5 October, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      I don’t usually let it get to me, but this week it has. Must breathe.

  • Saturday 6 October, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Sounds horrific and don’t blame you for feeling like that. Glad it turned out ok in the end. Have a great weekend X #wotw

    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Not having control definitely was the root of my stress. This week is better.

  • Saturday 6 October, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Your photos are just stunning. I love the way nature gives us magical glimpses that help us through the tricky times. Hope next week is better for you, and that all the family are happy, healthy and receiving post ok!

    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Suzanne. Taking my camera outside is my destressing strategy. Always.

  • Saturday 6 October, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Ah sounds like I’m not the only one to have nightmare neighbours. #mmbc

    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      They are new, so hopefully it will all settle down soon.

  • Saturday 6 October, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a really stressful week, how silly of your neighbour to do that. I hope your daughter is feeling better, it must have been frightening for her and you. Apple pie will hopefully lift your spirits, hopefully next week is a much better one for you x

    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Apple pie is my next job.

  • Sunday 7 October, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    It sounds like there was lots of cause to breathe – hope next week is a better one! #MMBC

    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Not so bad this week.

    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Less stressful as more in my control.

  • Monday 8 October, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Wow – that was some week. I’m so glad your daughter is ok. How frighteninng to receive that call from the school. And the mail mix-ups. So stressful. Wishing you a relaxing week! #MMBC

    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 10:55 am

      She’s fine now, thank goodness. The possibilities that went through my head though. Phew.

  • Monday 8 October, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    What a challenging week! This post made me appreciate my neighbors (actually its a shop downstairs) as they get all our post and parcel. We can either collect it or they leave it by our door in the afternoon. I will try to buy them a small box of donut as a sign of appreciation I think.

    Hope next week will be better!


    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 10:54 am

      I’m sure they would love a box of doughnuts. Nothing like being told that someone appreciates you.

  • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 9:39 am

    What a worry that must have been for you with middle teen, glad she is okay. It does sound like a trying week, especially with that letter being misdelivered. We regularly get deliveries for a neighbour around the corner (same house number, different road) but there’s never any problem with making sure it gets to the right house in the end. What a shame your neighbour wasn’t so accommodating. Hope that this week has been a better one #WotW

    • Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Hopefully it’s a one off problem. They’ve only recently moved in, so I suspect it was at the change over point. You’re right, most people find a way to get the letters to the right place. I’m sure it will be fine. (I have introduced myself now!)

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