Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Not a great start

This week didn't start too well. I had a scam letter from a company called Free Time. After a bit of investigation it turned out that someone had sold my details to this company and so, after a bit of an 'oh shit' moment and as I didn't know whether it was my credit card or debit card that was used, I cancelled both. It was all such a faff and took most of the morning to get things sorted. Then another long phone call with Action Fraud and that was that.

Then, after a fairly non-problem Tuesday and a lovely morning playing badminton today, Vespa went and ruined everything by finding a rather large amount of fox poo to go and roll in. I was not amused in the slightest. Luckily I carry wet wipes in the car so managed to get the surface of it off, but if you've ever had a dog roll in the stuff you'll know it's pretty hideous and the smell... well put it this way... it lasts!

So off we went straight home, without passing Go or collecting £200, and straight for the shampoo rapidly followed by tomato ketchup. I learned the ketchup trick from other Guide Dog people and it works thank goodness. Vespa wasn't that keen on it, but I didn't care, he got tomato ketchupped until I was sure the smell had gone. Then it was off to the vet for a quick weigh-in (he's heavy but in good condition according to those in the know), a meet-up with a friend and then home to get things ready for tomorrow.

Tomorrow I'm Glasgow-bound to get ready for the conference I'm helping put on on Friday. I'll be so relieved when it's over. The four of us involved in organising can do no more but keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Meantime here's that picture of my coffee plants I've been promising.

The largest one needs repotting, but it'll have to wait until the weekend when I'm back and will have the time. And then I'm going to be organising the watering for when I'm away as I'm off to South Africa next week for almost 3 weeks of sunshine and jollity.

P.S. if you receive a letter from Free Time, don't ignore it and don't phone the premium rate number. Cancel your cards straight away and phone Action Fraud.


  1. How horrible. I haven't heard of Free Time but I will be alert now.

    1. Couldn't believe how easy it is for people to sell your info. A real eye-opener