It was supposed to be one of my rest days. However, I was awake in time to hear the shipping weather forecast at 5.20 am on BBC Radio 4 . I lay and listened until about seven fifteen before hunger pangs got the better of me.
Going to the kitchen, I filled & boiled the kettle then set my muesli covered in orange juice, a side bowl of dried fruit & nuts, the mornings medication, a beaker and a coffee pot filled with boiling water on a tray. Back I went to bed with my feast. I was determined to stay in bed for a couple more hours. Tobias was patiently waiting to amuse me when the food was finished.
The calm was interrupted by the sound of the doorbell. Wrapped in my dressing gown I went to investigate. With a bunch of keys like those of a jailer I undid the locks and opened the door expecting to see the Post man with a large letter or parcel.
It was not the Post man.
It was a young man. He had my address. He seemed surprised that I was not expecting him.
Ok! So this is where you come in….
Which of you asked the Environmental Health Department to come and FUMIGATE my house????
I told the guy he was a little early and he offered to come back.
“You are 363 days early” I said. “April Fools day has passed for this year!”
He was not amused.
I finally convinced him that he had the incorrect address and sent him on his way.
I got figgety and had to get up. I needed to clean something, anything to rid myself of the feeling that my house was dirty. The sun was shining so I went outdoors selected a task and set to work. Several hours later I had this to show for my pains:
Never mind the state of the bucket it had served well for about 30 years. The brown stuff inside it came from the spouting at the front of my bungalow . Don’t tell Elly I was climbing a ladder, she will kill me. In the past cleaning the spouts would have taken me about two hours all told. It took me most of the day this time, I move more slowly now and needed to stop for rest several times. I managed to clear up and put everything away before the rain started.
I have been resting ever since! No! I will not climb up to clean the spouts at the back, as it is as high as a two story house. I will find a toyboy to do that job for me.