Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Small things



The peg bag turned up. It was in a box of toiletries - well of course it was. I was able to hang out a whole line of washing today.




The cement was duly imprinted - all the cats were safely shut in the house, but my bedroom window, handily close to the garden wall, was open, and Houdini Millie.... well, you know the rest.

The dentist smoothed the sharp edges of my broken tooth, pronounced it fit to last for some time, and we drew up a plan involving root canal, post and crown work. Not pleasant, but horribly familiar.


Oh, and in the shower today, I found I had acquired my first tick, firmly attached to that part of my inner knee where I have those old-lady broken veins. One third of all ticks carry Lyme Disease and other nasty things, so if I keel over in the ni

22 comments:

annie hoff said...

I was just thinking what an excellent dentist you'd found as I studied your kit of teeth cleaning tools when I saw on closer inspection they were tick extracting tools....life in the country is tough..!

flwrjane said...

You can buy kits for extracting ticks? You are living in the country!

xo Jane

Bow Street Flowers said...

So this answers my question about ticks and Lyme disease in England. All those images of English maidens running bare-legged through the daisies is a myth. I'm so disappointed .. Myths die hard. If you can see said tick, I think you don't have to worry about Lyme disease. Country living has it's challenges.
I'm loving your moving story!

Toffeeapple said...

Crikey, I lived in Somerset for a whole season whilst working in an hotel and never got a tick. Hope things go well for you.

What a flash peg bag! I'm pleased that the cats have made their mark and sorry about the dental plan...

the veg artist said...

At least you can step outside your kitchen door without falling into the drains now! I have some kitty-prints that Rupert made when we were have water re-routed. I love them. Little reminders. Sorry to hear about the tick - how on earth did you manage to find one so quickly?

Dartford Warbler said...

Me too Annie!

Rachel , I`m glad at least one of the cats left her paw prints for posterity ( and that you found the peg bag!)....

June said...

Let me help you out: "...ght, please call the ambulance and send them to The Cottage."

Here, only tiny little deer ticks carry Lyme Disease, and the tick must be on you . . . or rather . . . in you . . . for 24-48 hours for it to infect you. You're probably fine.
But I'll watch for your next post with some little anxiety. ;-

Anonymous said...

Diesel is good for killing ticks. I have been told that Vaseline also makes them 'let go'.

judy in ky said...

The dental work sounds oh so familiar to me... I've almost gotten used to it. Hope you don't get Lyme Disease... isn't there a shot or something to ward it off? I never did get a tick in the garden, but lots of poison ivy.
I like the paw prints too.

Noelle said...

Rachel,
I must admit life in your tiny corner of the world is never boring! You either leave me in stiches or with tears in the eyes!
I also did not know there was anything remotely so fancy to remove ticks!
Tomorrow is another day! Hang in there!

Desiree said...

Sorry about the dental work. Here in Holland our dog catches the most ticks, we use Advantix, so the ticks die when they bite. Maybe you need some Advantix ( also good against fleas)!!!

frayedattheedge said...

I was enjoying your post until I got to the bit about the tick! It was bad enough when our spaniel used to pick up the odd sheep tick, but the thought of having one on me - yeughh (although Malcolm would probably volunteer to perform surgery on me to remove it!

Anna at the Doll House said...

I am surprised about the tick: they're nasty little critters. Have been in the woods, wading through the undergrowth?

Anna

Anonymous said...

Horrible things, ticks. When I visited rural Slovenia (where the ticks carry even more horrible things), I had a look at the available insect repellents in advance, and only found one that claims to repel ticks. Unfortunately, I can't remember which one it is! There is one out there, though.

I hope the settling-in is still going well!

Helen

mise said...

Ticks! Awful things. I'm sorry they cut you off so cruelly mid-sentence, but here in Europe surely fewer than one third of them are the baddies? I hope, I hope...

zephyr said...

Gah!! i was under the impression that ticks were not a problem in the UK...but i guess everythingtravels these days. So sorry!! We should have kept Lyme's on this side of the pond.

Marcheline said...

HAhahahahhahhh! Great edge-of-the-seat ending!

Isabelle said...

Well, I feel ticks are better than riots. I imagine you agree.

Gwen Buchanan said...

OMG except for the tick and actually selling my house.. we are living parallel lives!!!

Penny said...

Oh yuk, hope you managed to crawl from the bathroom to get medical assistance. Good luck with all the dental work too, what a welcome to your new home x

jabblog said...

We had tick removers and put them in the dog cupboard where they instantly vanished. Now I am on tick patrol waiting for the little blighters to drop off the dogs. I've found one which duly received a naval burial.

Marie said...

You're a funny lady...

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