Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Best Laid Plans

Well, to some extent it has all gone pear shaped.   First of all the oil pipe broke on the giant muck spreader.   As I write this its owner is here in the yard repairing it and as it is a really lovely day here today it is rather frustrating that the farmer can't be using it, particularly as the forecast for tomorrow is terrible again.

And as we had to go to hospital yesterday (the farmer has to have some investigative procedures done) that is two full days when he has not been able to get the muck spread.   Not that it seems to worry him.   If there is one thing to be said for farming it is that it sure teaches you patience.   You can never rely on the weather and you have absolutely no control over it, so you might just as well carry on and as my farmer often says, "take what comes."

The other frustrating thing at present is my not being able to drive - and this will last into the foreseeable future.   This means that every time I wish to go anywhere the poor farmer has to down tools and take me - every Thursday to the hairdresser for example. But thank goodness for wonderful, reliable friends - where would I be without them?   When the farmer has to have his investigation next Tuesday he is to be sedated, so although he could drive himself the twenty five miles to the hospital, he will not be able to drive for twelve hours afterwards.   Thankfully friend W has stepped into the breach.   I know she would say that is what friends are for but it does, as usual, lead me to remind myself that friends are the most important people in one's life and one should value them as such.

Later next week Margaret from Thousand Flower is to visit with her family and stay overnight.   We are really looking forward to the meeting and to welcoming them into our home.   So blog friends too are a wonderful addition and widen the scope of friendship hugely.

The man has just returned with the mended oil pipe - so any minute now I expect to see another load go past the hall window.   And speaking of windows - my window cleaner's assistant called to clean the windows this morning and tells me that the window cleaner fell from the top of his ladder a few weeks ago and was in a coma for two weeks and is only now home and slowly recovering.
Yet another aspect of 'the best laid plans' = we never know where life is taking us, so let's make the most of it. 

11 comments:

Cloudia said...

One must follow wise farmer's maxim, taking what comes. The country life does present aging challenges. Honolulu is a vest pocket city.

Aloha best wishes

Jinksy said...

How right you are- its best to take each day as it comes, and expect nothing, then life becomes much calmer! :)

Hildred said...

Amen - to your last wise comment, Pat.

angryparsnip said...

Best laid planes always seem to go amiss for me.
I like Farmers outlook on life.

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

It's just as well that you and the farmer can take things in your stride. If I decide to be efficient and plan for anything it is usually cancelled or altered completely, so my method is just to muddle along. It's worked so far. I do hope the window cleaner will make a good recovery.

Crafty Green Poet said...

expect the unexpected as they say

Clare Wassermann said...

Nice to read your comment on acorn moons blog....I love in wolverhampton!!!!!!

Willow said...

So that is what "mucking about" means :)
I hope all goes well with the investigating, sending good thoughts.

Em Parkinson said...

We take everything for granted and even the smallest change can disrupt our daily routine. I do hope that pipe is mended now!

thelma said...

I wish I had some words of wisdom, but mostly live my life in a state of panic;) Goodness knows what I would do with a broken machine in the yard, luckily serendipity dictates that all thing eventually arrive at a solution.

The Weaver of Grass said...

All is back to normal on the muck front and the loose housing is almost ready for cleaning out and putting new straw in for any new arrivals. This is a time which I love.
Thanks for calling in.