Well now. What will happen next, I wonder?? While we were away, the ‘paddock team’ went into what’s going to be the community garden, to continue working on preparing the ground for people to grow stuff. And … they replaced the fence gate, that the neighbour keeps breaking through, with a metal gate that locks. On our side.
The last time it was the diocese who tried to replace the broken gate, but they met such aggressive opposition they had to give up. This time it seems to have been done with no reaction.
But is it only a matter of time??? 🙄 Meanwhile, it’s all gone quiet …
Now our 90 year old, who has been a cause of increasing concern for some months. Cecile lives on her own but spends a lot of time down at the local pub … she has been coping until recently, when people began finding her out in the street at night, in the ice and cold with no coat and no idea where she is. There have been all sorts of problems, not least of front-door keys: one friend had to get a ladder and climb in through a window last week, and found the key after a lengthy search, in the microwave. 88|
What bothered him more was that she had turned all the gas on in her kitchen, but not lit any of them. 88|88|88| He opened all the windows.
There had been a water leak, a shelf had collapsed, there was mess everywhere, and flour all over the lounge floor. ??? :??:
Hub was there because it has also become clear that some of Cecile’s so-called ‘friends’ seem to be stealing from her, and she is too confused to know. So he had previously got the police involved, and they brought along their vulnerable persons social worker. Ha! – we hope this is sending a strong message to those involved. They had better watch their step. Not enough evidence to convict, of course … but it is now on the police file |-|.
In the middle of all this, another social worker turned up to do an assessment. He could not have timed it better,
amid all the muddle and chaos and concerned people. Hub said he did an excellent job, handled it professionally and tactfully, and actually persuaded Cecile to go for a few days’ rest into a residential home. Then he found her a place, and took her, and Hub visited the next day, to find her safe and warm and happily tucking into her lunch.
There are still a lot of loose ends, which will take time … but sometimes, crises can be catalysts for good!