After the serpent conspired to torment me yesterday with venomous phone calls and e mails the ladder took me up a rung or two today.
The good news is that we have found a dog sitter for Lulu. A lovely lady called Nell is going to look after her whilst we are away. We visited her dogagerie this morning and I was adopted by a Labby called Sadie. The Dalmatian won Mrs. Ha’s heart even though it commandeered the basket in front of the Aga. I think Mrs. Ha fancied that for herself. The dogs were wonderfully contented and we agreed immediately that Lulu could ‘live in’ with Nell for 8 days.
The Mrs. Ha was treated to a walk round the Sainsbury hypermarket. She enjoyed that and we bought, inter alia, some dog food for Lulu. This almost caused a problem this afternoon – we spotted that the dog food had been put with the breakfast cereal and the brekkie fodder had been stashed away with Lulu’s bits and pieces. Both in green boxes of similar dimensions. I may have enjoyed the beef and veg flavour snacks but I am not convinced Lulu would go for Bran Flakes or whatever it was we bought. We also bought some Hampshire Hog pork chops for tonights meal. I am staggered how shopping has changed in a decade or more. The level of service has risen dramatically in each store we have tried, from Debenhams to Sainsbury it is very different from how I remember it.
Then came the glorious cherry on the cake. I had to go to my new GP (remember Dr. Odd?) to ask him to authorise my routine blood tests. He proved a splendid fellow – young, articulate, well-informed and very user-friendly. We spent 20 minutes discussing the HK Sevens at the end of which he signed everything I needed and added that he would read the referral letters later. We also touched on the cost of my meds, two of which are an arm and a leg job in HK. Everything is available on the NHS and will cost me a fraction of what I paid in Honkers. The consultation was free instead of £100 and the blood tests were done 2 hours later. Free instead of about £50-60. I rather like the NHS. I think it may catch on as an idea. It does worry me though that it must lose rather a lot of money if I can get gratis what costs me a small fortune in HK. How does it balance the books?
We tried and enjoyed another coffee and cake cafe so all in all we did moderately well today. Resolving Lulu’s digs was the critical piece in the jigsaw.
The day was topped off with arranging to meet a friend and ex-colleague next week. The snakes and ladders of outrageous fortune have worked their black and white arts and yesterday’s Sea of Troubles is behind us. Could it, I wonder, be because I have not been to the bank or the letting agent today? I can only conclude that dogs and cake = ladders and bankers and letting agents = snakes. Now, what was it I did for a living for 35 years? Oh yes. I was that snake. Non-venomous but aggressive if provoked. Letting agents beware.