Project 365 2022 Week 23-25 Day 156 – 176 A three-week round-up including the week we lost our beautiful little Fudge and Brewster turned ten.
Sunday 5th June – Day 156
My neighbours have been away and they bought me a lovely orchid as a thank you for looking after their garden for them.
Monday 6th June – Day 157
My little double act.
Tuesday 7th June – Day 158
After work, I finally managed to cut back the rest of our front hedge and then set to work tidying a bit of the back garden with Fudge looking on. Little did I know then that this would be the last photo I’d ever take of our gorgeous little tiger. At 9.50pm I received a call from our vet, Fudge had been hit by a car and killed instantly. Someone on the scene had taken him to the vet. It wasn’t recommended that we picked him up due to his injuries. I didn’t sleep, knowing that I’d be breaking my son’s heart all over again in the morning. Fudge was such a timid, homeboy, it’s just totally gutting to lose him so young.
Wednesday 8th June – Day 159
The plan had been for me to work today as we’ve swapped accounting systems and had a load of invoicing to do. But I’d had zero sleep. My son was really brave and decided to go to school, his best friend walked round to our house with chocolate in hand, and off they went.
I went to the vet, and the nurse told me that I could see Fudge but she’d leave his head covered so at least I could give him one final stroke. They’d clipped some of his fur for us and taken his paw print, but his collar wasn’t with him. I made arrangements for his cremation and went for a walk along the main road in search of his collar, but I never did find it.
Thursday 9th June – Day 160
Poor Pippi. We’re broken-hearted, Brewster seems unphased by everything but poor little Pippi has been on a constant search for her brother. I found her on lookout this afternoon.
Friday 10th June – Day 161
My son is coping better than I am at the moment and Pippi has gone on hunger strike and started being sick. A quick dash to get her some chicken and then I took my frustrations out on the dirt on my car and gave it a good clean.
It’s Mum and Dad’s 55th Wedding Anniversary so we had a Skype with them in the evening too.
Saturday 11th June – Day 162
Always busy making something – this will be another steam loco once he’s finished.
We have ordered a casket for Fudge just like Paddington’s so he won’t actually be buried when he comes home. My son wanted to have another memorial pot in the garden so we headed to the garden centre to buy one and bought some bedding plants for it and to renew the ones in Paddington’s pot too.
Sunday 12th June – Day 163
Lovely sunny morning so we headed to Quainton Windmill in the morning as we’ve never been inside before. It’s well worth a visit and my son received a certificate for climbing to the top, no such reward for his parents mind you! Afterwards, we popped into the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre for lunch and a wander around before having a quick stop in the grounds of Claydon House, before heading home again.
Monday 13th June – Day 164
Had the car park to myself pretty much when I went to the dentist first thing. Now looking likely that I’ll be referred to a gum specialist if things haven’t changed in three months’ time. Disappointing, but it is what it is.
On a happier note, it’s Brewster’s 10th birthday today. Our ever-dependable grumpy old man. I’m feeling very grateful for him right now, at least one of our cats has managed to keep himself away from that blooming main road.
Tuesday 14th June – Day 165
I’ve been making myself go for a walk around the block every morning when my son leaves for school and before I start work. It isn’t enough, but it’s better than nothing.
It’s two years since a family friend went missing and then took his own life. I think about him and his family a lot and never more so than on days like today.
Wednesday 15th June – Day 166
Spotted some poppies on my walk around the block this morning. Got on with some house admin before heading over to see my ex-MIL for an hour. She’s doing amazingly well all things considered and I’m treasuring every moment I get to spend with her.
Thursday 16th June – Day 167
Fudge is home. It’s all so unfair 🙁
Friday 17th June – Day 168
Menopause and an extremely warm day – not a match made in heaven.
Saturday 18th June – Day 169
I’m not sure who needs the other the most at the moment. Thankfully Pippi is now eating again and seems a little less lost than she has done.
Sunday 19th June – Day 170
Fathers Day and I’d got local residents tickets for the Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage. We’ve not been for a few years and my SIL has never been, so we took her too. There’s always lots to see and the weather held it together too.
Monday 20th June – Day 171
Living his best life and stretching out in the sunshine.
After work, I met up with a couple of friends for lunch and we had a good catch-up in the sunshine.
Tuesday 21st June – Day 172
Had my nails done after work and then got to pick our very first homegrown raspberry and delicious it tasted too.
Wednesday 22nd June – Day 173
A glorious day today, I picked up my SIL and we headed over to Rousham Gardens for a couple of hours. It’s eight months today since we lost my BIL and at one point we had a Robin sitting chatting to us for ages. Was it him, who knows?
Thursday 23rd June – Day 174
Snail mail and another map postcard for my collection. But not from Mum and Dad in Spain, but from family in Canada!
Friday 24th June – Day 175
A bit of a changeable day.
The kitten of someone on our estate had been hit by a car yesterday on the same stretch of road that we lost both Paddington and Fudge. The driver hadn’t stopped and the kitten hadn’t come home. It brought up all sorts of emotions this morning and I went in search this morning to see if I could find him in the hedgerows behind our houses. No luck for me but by some miracle the kitten had nearly made it home this morning but is injured. He’s now at the vet and I hope they can fix him up.
Saturday 25th June – Day 176
I’m heading up to Derbyshire first thing to spend the weekend with my bestie and the menfolk are off to a steam rally if the weather holds out.