I started a two week staycation yesterday, whoop whoop 🙂 I am so exhausted I have no idea how I’ve kept functioning and the thought of not thinking about anyone but myself for a while is heavenly. This week, though, has been mental as I’ve tried to get on top of all the outstanding jobs so that I can take some time off with a clear conscience.
After 10 days of faffing about with Yale customer services over my parents’ front door lock and getting nowhere, I finally snapped and at 9pm Monday night I guessed the email address of the Managing Director of Yale UK and emailed him. Imagine my shock when I received a reply less than an hour later, telling me he would personally see my issue was sorted the next day. By 9.15am Tuesday morning a Manager from Yale had rung me and offered to send an engineer to my parents home to fit a brand new lock with 5 key fobs free of charge (RRP £400). Result 🙂
The 3rd intercom I bought for their front door also worked like a charm, so I’m hoping that’s their door entry issues finally resolved.
I also chased up the decorators who arrived on Wednesday and were finished by Friday. The hall and stairs look great and, although they were expensive, they made a fantastic job. I’m hoping that’s my parents sorted for a bit now (famous last words!).
I found out my 90 year old next door neighbour has lung cancer, so I’m guessing she will never return home from hospital 😦 At least the decision whether or not to contact social services over her care and living conditions is now out of my hands, which is a weight off my mind. Her daughter, who lives 300 miles away, is currently staying in the house and has caught 4 mice in the kitchen, so at least she knows I wasn’t exaggerating when I said there was a rodent problem!
Our village discovered this week that plans have been put forward for a development of 10 detached 4 bedroom houses with double garages on a field only yards from my cottage which currently has a stunning view of the Pennine fells. There is no identified housing need here, we have no facilities (shop, school, pub, post office, garage), the 2 local primary schools are full, ditto the dentists and doctors, and there is no public transport or employment beyond minimum wage. There is only supposed to be housing built on green fields where there is an identified local housing need, so now we’re all busy putting together objections to the proposals. There is a ridiculous scramble to build houses here in the UK and planning policy just seems to be ignored. Rather than build inappropriate houses on land used for agriculture (what are we all going to eat when Brexit happens and food imports are restricted?!) I think the Government needs to look more at the sustainability of a tiddly little island with finite land mass and whose population is expanding at a ridiculous rate of knots (which was basically what Brexit was all about if you ask the average Joe in the street and nothing to do with racism or not wanting to trade with Europe).
At 10pm last night I settled down to go to sleep and when I turned off the light I saw pinpricks of flashing light in my vision which, within a few minutes, were a kaleidoscope of zigzag flashing coloured lines. I was having an aura migraine, so despite being shattered I got up and had a snack as eating often helps to cut it short. There was a period in my thirties when I had at least 2 aura migraines a month and they would frequently happen in the middle of the night waking me from sleep, then in my forties they almost totally disappeared to be replaced by common migraines, the kind with head pain so severe it feels like rats are gnawing on your brain. My aura migraines only involve aura – no pain, nausea, nor anything else other than they leave me feeling spaced out and not quite with it. I only get maybe two a year, there is no warning they are about to happen (unlike my common migraines which have a prodrome phase) and I have no idea what sets them off. They’re not pleasant but I’d take them over the common migraines any day of the week, not least because they’re pain free and last under an hour unlike the common migraines which are excruciating and can last 4 days.
It was the first Camera club competition of the new season on Wednesday. I am now in the advanced league with some seriously good photographers, so my hopes of winning anything this year were slim to none. Imagine, then, my gobsmacked surprise when I came third with my ‘Sunday Worship’ picture and first with my ‘Mural’ 🙂 There are a couple of people in the club who are a bit jealous of my success and I know they were waiting for me to do badly so they could say “yes, it’s a different ball game when you’re with the big boys” and I admit I felt a bit smug that I’d robbed them of that opportunity 😉
If you don’t hear from me this week I’ll be lying in my bed reading a book and pretending I’m on a beach in the South of France.