“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”

To a Mouse by Robert Burns

Our flat is still not sold.

The whole experience has been super duper weird.

It’s been re-painted, re-floored, re-bathroomed, re-priced, sorted, tidied and be-flowered, re-agented and re-photographed to within an inch of its life, and still barely a jot or a tittle (or if you prefer the Greek, an ‘iota’) of interest from any self-respecting buyer.


2 bed, 1 bath upstairs flats are not in demand? Leafy, riverside London areas are passé? Someone is desperate to buy, but trapped under something heavy and not able to reach a phone?

Meanwhile, life and work toddles on in semi-lifted-restriction times.

Hubby has had both of his AZ vaccines, I’ve had my first and due to have my second on Monday 21st June.

For a time, our allotment was growing more weeds than veggies, but Hubby has been on the war path with the bindweed and he thinks he may have gained the upper hand.

It was a long cold spring so everything is a little late this year. But, some things are now poking their heads out of the ground and giving it a go – runner beans, potatoes, 1 tomato plant from my sis-in-law in Hull, onions, garlic, chillies, cauliflower, curly kale, marrows, asparagus, rhubarb, raspberries and heaps of strawberries.

I’m really enjoying my Certificate course in Counselling Skills and have been attending virtual open days for universities. I’m about 99% certain I’ll be choosing the MSc Applied Psychology at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Thankfully, doing my studies completely online means that the commute to Aberdeen is not too onerous.

To drown our sorrows about out thwarted flat sale situation, Hubby and I have booked a holiday to Iceland – it’s massively over-priced, but full of action-adventure and it’s currently the only country that will accept UK visitors with no quarantine on either side so long as we are double vaccinated.

Watch this space for the Icelandic adventure!


P.s. Though I’m planning to go to a Scottish university, I very much cannot read Scottish so I can’t help you with the mouse poem, but reading it out aloud helps to find the English in there. I had to look it up, actually, because I thought that the ‘best laid plans’ quote came from ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck who obviously references the Burns poem in his title.

5 thoughts on “Thwarted

  1. Hi Nyama

    Iceland!!!! Sounds wonderful but no falling downstairs, spraining anything or breaking any bones! It is forbidden. When have you booked for?

    My uncle is also struggling to sell his house. Renovations and painting etc are happening so hopefully that will help. Though it seems it has not helped you guys. Trusting God for perfect timing on this and the right buyers.

    How is your gran?

    Love Diane ________________________________


  2. A holiday to Iceland sounds a treat! If you can, see if you can watch Rian Manser and Dan Skinstad’s paddling trip around Iceland! It’s rather inspiring.

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