Step we Gaily, On we Go…

Good Afternoon, my dear and yes, it’s lovely to be speaking with you again.  We’ve had a lovely couple of days since we last spoke, but I thought it would be a good idea to have a little catch-up.  I know how you worry if I don’t keep in touch.

I’ve got a couple of photos to show you in a couple of minutes.  The cabin is absolutely gorgeous – it’s so comfortable – actually it’s just like being at home, which is all anyone could possibly want.  Mrs. M brought some knitting with her, which she got into a dreadful tangle.  I don’t know how she manages it – sometimes I think it’s deliberate!  Well, not really, but how she gets it into such a mess I just can’t understand.  I did manage to sort it out eventually.

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Most of the other cabins seem to be empty at the moment, which actually suits us rather well.  I don’t want to sound as if I’m being antisocial, but the fewer folk we need to chat to at the present time, the happier I am.  I don’t think I realised how tired I was – and probably rather stressed about the situation at Lavinia Court.

Oh yes, I knew I had something that I wanted to mention.  Well, my dear, I’ve had a couple of texts from Georgie who lives in the flat opposite mine.  She has reported that the landline rang when she popped into my flat yesterday.  She had gone to check whether the plants needed watering – and yes, they did.  It’s surprising how much water a few little spider plants drink.  However, Georgie went in while Billy stayed in her flat.  She locked the door when she was in my flat to ensure that nobody could just walk in – not that I would expect them to – but you never know.  As I was saying, the phone rang, and as instructed she ignored it.  She said that it didn’t ring many times and when she checked the number which called by dialling 1471 the automated voice said that the number had been withheld. 

I’m sure it was just chance that the phone rang when Georgie was there as there wouldn’t be any way for someone to know whether the flat was occupied or not at that particular time.  However, whether that was the first call or not there isn’t any way to know.  I suppose it’s possible that someone may try and get into the building.  Theoretically they should be declined entry at the front security doors, but if a resident lets themselves in just at the time someone else wants to come in, it’s a good possibility they could walk straight in too.

Georgie did say that there wasn’t any post for me – I always think “no post, no bills”.   However they don’t really bother me as I know exactly what to expect every month.  What I am pleased about is the absence of anonymous notes.  I know it is early days and of course, there could be one or more in the next few days, but Georgie will check for me.  If I’m uncertain about where an envelope is from she has instructions to use the paperknife to open it carefully and check the contents.  If necessary she will call Teddy for me.  I really hope that will be unnecessary, but yet again, I just don’t know.  What I definitely know is that receiving these threats is all rather tiring, and I need to have a break from the constant worry of it all.

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Back to our little holiday here!  As the weather was reasonable earlier today we had a little wander round outside.  Mrs. M pushed the wheelchair and once she got the hang of it she was actually quite good.  She had expected it to be like a supermarket trolley, where one wheel wants to go in a different direction.  Obviously with the wheelchair that doesn’t happen at all.  I think she quite enjoyed “being in control” and me having to go in the direction she pushed.  She was a little limited in that she had to follow the paths, but that was fine.  We went down to the edge of the loch – it’s only about fifty yards from the cabin and then we followed the path along for another couple of hundred yards.  We passed two other cabins which we couldn’t see from here.  The interesting thing is that from the outside of those two cabins it isn’t possible to see the one where we are staying.  Unless someone actually comes up to our cabin no-one would know we are here. 

It’s all private property as we are in the grounds of the hotel so although guests staying there may decide to have a short stroll they would be more likely to stay close to the edge of the loch than go wandering through the wooded areas.  There isn’t a burglar alarm on the cabin – I don’t suppose anyone would think it necessary.  There is the normal yale lock but also a couple of heavy bolts at the top and bottom of the solid front door so I feel quite safe.

As I mentioned the last time we spoke we called in at the local store to buy some provisions for three or four days.  Well, we’ve been here for a couple of days now and it doesn’t look as if we’ve touched our supplies.  Obviously we’ve had some eggs, milk and Mrs. M had bacon for her lunch yesterday, but apart from those things, we don’t seem to be going through the produce very quickly.  We do have some chops that we think we’ll have later with some vegetables.  Oh yes, and we have a small chicken that we want to cook in the morning.  That will give us a couple of roast dinners and sandwiches as well.  There may even be enough for a small casserole.

So my dear, as I said at the beginning, I have very little to tell you, but I wanted you to know that we are both fine and looking after ourselves.  I hope that everything remains stable at Lavinia Court, but at the moment I’m not going to worry about it, as it won’t make any difference.

Look after yourself my dear, and I’ll speak again with you very soon.  Love to the family.  As Always –

With Love – Jan  xx

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I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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  1. It all sounds quite lovely and relaxing! Did you have a go at rock skimming when you were by the loch? I find I can’t help myself when I am near water – I have to have a go but I can never get more than one or two bounces 🤣


    1. Hazel – I used to do that when I was more flexible. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work when sitting in a wheelchair. I can remember getting up to six or seven bounces, but my dad was much better than me. xx

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  2. The water is always relaxing. I would love any excuse to sit and watch the world go by and knit.
    Rest and de stress from the doings on at Lavinia Court x


    1. Thanks Lisa – yes it’s lovely watching the ducks, and all the birds flying around. It’s rather too chilly to sit outside for long, but it’s lovely to get some fresh air, and then hurry back inside for a drink of hot chocolate or coffee. xx


  3. Feeling quite envious of you both being in such a lovely spot. I did think it odd that your landline should ring when Georgie went into water your plants. Could someone have seen her and took the opportunity to see if she would answer. Look forward to the next instalment…………..x


    1. Maggie, I’m really not sure. Unfortunately, other neighbours wouldn’t hear the phone anyway. I use the landline so rarely – apart from using it for telephone banking – and the number is only known to a couple of people. Georgie will be going in every day for a few minutes so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. xx


  4. Thank you for letting us know that you’re safe and enjoying yourselves. It sounds idyllic where you are, is a pity that it’s not warmer so that you sit beside the water with your knitting, even Mrs M might manage not to mess up her work.
    Anyway, I hope you continue to enjoy your holiday, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you soon. X


    1. Thanks Frances – yes, I’m enjoying the break. Unfortunately at this time of the year, I really can’t expect to be sunbathing! It would have been lovely sitting at the water’s edge, but inside with my feet up near to the woodburner it is very cosy. I’ll send you another update in a couple of days. Glad that you are feeling better today. xx


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