Life, photos but not the universe

Must be Christmas?*

After Barney’s accident, we had a few hectic days of phoning/writing to/emailing lots of insurance companies.  Partly because various car and house insurances were due around then (note to self: don’t have an accident at this time of year again).  As might be expected, the car and house insurance renewals were done and dusted withing a day or so while the accident claims vanished into the aether/post box without a trace.  Together with the expensive medical certificates.

Time passed, some forms were re-sent as it transpired they hadn’t arrived (so why is it not ok to send photocopies at first but perfectly alright if your first attempt disappears?).  More time passed, Barney became agitated and and querulous and a trenchant email was sent which prompted a brief reply, followed by a slightly longer apology.  More time passed and there was more querulousness.  (Isn’t that a quite delicious word.)

Today’s post looked like a big heap of bills but, to our astonishment, it included a cheque from Barney’s personal accident insurance company.  And to our even greater astonishment, mine was a cheque from the holiday insurance company!

Well isn’t that nice.

In celebration, I tackled two jobs which have been niggling at me for weeks.  One is reading the water meter – this involves completely emptying the cupboard next to the sink (which is a deep, and dark undertaking; stuff needs to be extracted and stacked and wondered at, shelves need to be unhinged and lifted out and then you have to crawl into the cupboard with a torch and lift a tiny hinged flap and read the dusty, spider-webbed numbers which are upside down).  So I did that.

Then I cleaned the hob.  Cleaning the hob has been Barney’s Sunday morning  job for a year or two and this made me very happy.  Since incapacitating himself, some six weeks ago) he hasn’t been able to do it which, to be honest didn’t make me particularly unhappy as I had more interesting things to worry about.  I eyed it occasionally and thought, once the first two weeks had gone by, that it could wait another day or ten without looking a lot worse.  Which was true but it did look pretty bad quite quickly.  So now there’s a nice bright patch of kitchen where once there was a gloomy heap of grease and this is very pleasing.  No photos of that because inevitably, the gleam of the clean hob shows up the contrasting areas all around it and no one wants to see that.

Instead, some cobwebs which are much nicer than those I found above the hob.  Curious place for spiders to settle in I would have thought.

Have a lovely, celebratory weekend.  Enjoy the parties – though none will be a patch on last weekend’s : )

*Actually, I suppose we may have Queenie to thank – everyone frantically sorting our last minute stuff before the holiday.  Even insurance companies?  Hmm.



June 1, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. That is good news, especially if they looked like bills. A nuisance tho’ that they’re still cheques in this day and age – they could so easily pay into your account direct, but this way you have to wait for them to clear and they keep the interest. An insurance salesman once also told me that significant number of cheques never get cashed so they live in hope of that too!

    I had one of those enormous autumnal spiders walk across my living room yesterday – how very dare he! I had to call for assistance from my young neighbour (7) who scooped him up and popped him outside. At her age I would have had to be sedated!
    Their webs are so beautiful, but they are not.

    Comment by Linda | June 1, 2012 | Reply

  2. I must remember to warn you before posting spider pics Ziggi – we have a pair who drop into the bath regularly (and literally) and have to be rescued.

    Comment by letouttoplay | June 1, 2012 | Reply

  3. When my mother’s dog had a serious accident (the day before she died) and had to go to a specialist vet to have his broken leg fixed (multiple fractures in a greyhound’s leg are pretty bad) the insurance company sent me two cheques for the largest amount, by return of post. Incredible service – obviously, I sent the second one back.

    Thank you for the compliment, it was so lovely to have you to stay. Any time, you’re the perfect guest, and do bring Barney too next time.

    Comment by Z | June 1, 2012 | Reply

  4. Oh what a sad coincidence for your Mum and the dog Z.
    Barney always says we shoudln’t be delighted and astonished when people do exactly what they’re supposed to do but I can’t help it!
    If you’re passing this way, or even feel like a visit you’ll always be welcome here. xxx

    Comment by letouttoplay | June 2, 2012 | Reply

  5. Ohhhhhhh…..very cool webs!!
    <– has no phobia of spiders

    And very cool, the timing on the checks after all that messing about. (isn't it amazing when photo copies are acceptable and when they're not…..*scratching head*)

    And very cool that the hob's all tidy and lovely.
    And that you got UP after having to get down to do the water meter chore. (woulda been a crap-shoot for me, in all honesty…..LOL)

    Okay…..zackly what IS a hob?

    LOL I was trying to look like I knew what you were talking about.
    I'll find himself and ask–he's always delighted to explain to me.
    He even knew what a 'spar' was…..on a ship…..LOL….notsomuch in thatching terms, though he does now!!

    Comment by Mel | June 2, 2012 | Reply

  6. Ann’s old school Matron once told me that Ann was much in demand as a child due to her courage and ability to remove spiders from whichever bath they were infesting. Strange thing is she’s not very keen on them now, though, so I usually have to do any spider removing that becomes necessary.
    P.S. We both enjoyed meeting you at Z’s blogmeet.
    P.p.s. Very apt subject for the web.

    Comment by Mike and Ann. | June 3, 2012 | Reply

  7. I didn’t mention getting up again Mel – it would have taken too long. Just say it involved crawling backwards into the other room to find a chair. And I left the torch in the cupboard.

    Comment by letouttoplay | June 3, 2012 | Reply

  8. Hello Mike and Ann, how nice of you to drop in : ) I am the chief spider official in our house. I’m always very impressed when children can handle them because most children do find them frightening. Ann obviously earned her spider retirement by showing unusual bravery when she was young.
    PS. me too.
    PPS. yes : )

    Comment by letouttoplay | June 4, 2012 | Reply

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