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Monday, 19 May 2014

YOU COULDN'T WRITE IT!!

Have you read 'THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO BROKE ALL THE RULES' by CATHERINA INGELMAN-SUNDBERG?


If you have, I have to tell you that my life has been as farcical and convoluted for the last three weeks!.......NOT because my little old lady  broke all the rules..in fact she (and we who have been her out) have been trying to OBEY all the rules!

In short, my little old lady  is going to visit her family in Hong Kong and then the Phillipines....thus far I have (due to a mislaid passport) had to involve a courier company, the British Passport Office in Belfast (many members of the staff there!), the British Vice Consul in Alicante, the local Spanish Police, the Phillipines Embassy in Madrid and Hong Kong.....not to mention a few other long-suffering volunteers and my poor Craig!...he came for a week's holiday and spent two days of it helping me sort out Emergency Travel Documents.

Add to this the fact that my old lady fell and hurt her arm very badly just two weeks ago....and trying not to bother anyone made the situation worse, so we have been shuttling back and forward to the local clinic to have it dressed every other day ...and THEN to crown it all, her cleaner found the ORIGINAL passport (in her underwear drawer!!!) the day we went to Alicante for the Emergency one!! 

Now you know why I've been MIA for a few weeks...it has been mad here...but bless Jean: she is so excited about her trip and is so grateful for all that everyone has done.

My final involvement will be to actually get her to Valencia Airport on Saturday...I have no doubt whatsoever that there are still a few crises to come before that...believe me, I'll be coming back to a stiff drink after seeing her off!

I do hope your own lives haven't been quite so hectic and that you and yours are well!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx


18 comments:

  1. What a wonderful helpful friend you have been!
    I'm sure good things will come your way as a result.
    Rinda

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  2. OMG Alison ... so funny (now that it's almost over). I do hope that the actual trip is less fraught!

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  3. What a good friend you have been! I'd make that a large drink on Saturday night, if I were you!

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  4. Sounds like you could write a whole book of your own, Alison! And how very kind and generous you have been with your time and energy :). Phew, you'll be glad of a rest when that plane finally takes off ...

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  5. I need to remember never to lose my passport!!

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  6. Oh my! What a dear friend you are to her for helping her out with all this. I'm always afraid I'm going to misplace ours or forget to take them with us. That reminds me it's time to renew them before the fall when we'll be needing them again.

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  7. Wow, it sounds like you've been a busy bee, it's lovely of you to sort it all out though x

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  8. oh the delights of misplaced passports! I'm intending to read this book - enjoyed the earlier one by the same author

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  9. Definitely a book I'll be looking out for

    Your own story sounds like a real "you couldn't make it up" tale. I'm glad that, thanks to your help, it will have a happy ending

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  10. I had missed seeing your blog in my 'updated' list and wondered what you were up to! Nothing like a bit of drama to keep you on your toes eh?!

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  11. I thought it was might quiet in your part of the world (blog-wise at least), but it seems that's the only aspect of your life that's been peaceful lately. Still, how nice is it that you were willing and able to do what was necessary to help your friend take her trip. I'm sure she will be singing your praises to every family member she sees.

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  12. Wow - it certainly does sound like quite a crazy busy time!!!!

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  13. Of all places it was in the underwear drawer! You have been a real friend and definitely think you should have a glass of vino xx

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  15. Well you have been having a time of it! Hope she gets off ok.

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  16. What a good friend you are - hope it all went well in the end.

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  17. Such a funny post, Alison. Thanks for allowing us to laugh at your follies. I hope things have settled down for you by now! xo

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  18. Oh my, glad you got it all worked out in the end.

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