Life’s little irritants, daily round, little joys and a balance in everything…

Em and I have had a rather large ‘To Do’ list over the last few days and we have dealt with it in our customary style.

Furniture has been moved with a bit of karmic swearing, helpless laughter and sheer determination. A harmonious writing/study space and a shared art studio have been created, bedrooms sorted and trips into town to help the re-vamping have been successful. This has all been eased along with our favourite food, hot chocolate and stopping to watch another bit of a chick flick. Marvelous!

Amidst all this activity, revision, work, prior engagements and courses have been done and, understandably, we are now rather weary.

Apparently, woodpeckers knock hell out of trees and shiny objects as their mating call. There is one who lives nearby to us nicknamed ‘Woody’ who is attracted to the casing in our chimney and he feels the need to perform his mating ritual on said chimney as dawn is breaking. The noise is jarring and reverberates throughout the whole house and can even be heard far away in the park. I have taken advice on this and the only thing that works is to clap your hands loudly so he gets a start and moves away. Each morning I tear down the stairs in my ‘jammies’, balance precariously on the edge of the old fish pond (best acoustics) and clap my hands sharply. Whilst I am clapping, Toby our largest boy, sensing my stress leaps at me to help. I end up chilly, wide awake, with damp feet and nearly flattened by a large dog watching this tiny object of irritation take off to his next mating post.

We love the woods, with the boys and I even managing to find a new trail this morning and I know in a logical way that we can’t have the woods without Woody, but Em and I need our rest and I would like to say, in a very spiritual way, that if I get hold of him I will obliterate his mating need.

To regain my balance we have company for dinner and I am off to cook with the chances of me falling asleep at the table tonight rated high!

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