Most of my pictures for this week are associated with blog posts. I’m not sure that entirely reflects our week though. I took H off to the comprehensive school that his school is a feeder for. I’d never been, even though my brothers were at the school and H had never been either. It’s a nice school and will be on our application form, but it isn’t our first choice. I thought it was good for H to see where many of his classmates would be going. I don’t have a picture from that visit though.
Last Saturday proved stressful for our whole family thanks to Saga Insurance. I’m not going to go into the whole sorry tale, but they badly upset my mother. They might well have been following procedure, but their customer service skills leave a lot to be desired. I think it’s fair to say they won’t be getting any future business from my family thanks to the upset they contributed to.
We were also worried about Grandma this week. She had a tummy bug and the hip operation got delayed. She had it and all was good, but then she had a relapse. We are hoping she is on the up again now, but she is 97 and this was a serious operation.
Thankfully everyone had calmed down by Sunday. This week I’ve been getting some stress relief from the massager I’ve been trying out. Later in the week I went considerably better and got a massage and reflexology session from my friend Hilary. I’ve featured it as a blog post on A Little Luxury for Me, another of my blogs. If you are in the Birmingham area, I would really recommend Hilary for a range of different treatments.
H enjoyed asking Michael Morpungo a question in connection with his books about animals. You can see his question and find out about the book we read: Toro!Toro! here. I’ve been reviewing the Songmics Ottoman Storage bench, but before I had the review offer, I’d entered a few competitions for them too and was successful – I am now the proud owner of three storage benches. We are already using one and I have firm plans for a second. I’m not sure about the third yet, but if we don’t find a corner I expect one of the family will as they are really useful.
Another day, another school tour. A lovely school and one that H should be able to get a place at. I loved the fact that he came out and said there was a family feel to it – I know exactly what he meant.
I don’t have a picture of the other feature of the week: the racing pigeon. Whenever I thought to take one it kept moving around and I couldn’t get a good shot. Basically one day I noticed that a pigeon was hanging around our front garden. It was walking around and pecking at things a bit and when I went to do the school run, it moved out of the way, but it didn’t fly off. It seemed very tame and then I noticed it had a green tag on its leg. I did seek advice and it’s suggested that you give them bird seed or crushed cornflakes, but not bread or other scraps, plus a bowl of water. Apparently they sometimes need a day or two to recover before carrying on their journey. It wasn’t without its downside though as my avian visitor decided to roost above the front door. The next morning there was quite a mess to clean up, but I guess the transom and the front door were overdue a clean. I haven’t seen it today, so I think it must have gone. I hope it gets home safely.