We noticed some ants in the lounge and when we looked behind the sofa there was a steady stream coming in under the skirting on the gable end. Now we can only presume this is a direct result of having the cavity wall insulation done a couple of weeks ago as we've never had ants before. Luckily we had some Nippon Ant Killer liquid, which we had used on an ants nest outside, so MWM put some on a piece of celophane where the ants were coming in. The ants were all over it in seconds and stayed like that all evening, when I got up this morning they'd all disappeared. Apparently it works by attracting the ants then they eat it and take it back to the nest where it kills them. Anyway, hopefully it's done the trick but we'll leave it down for a few days to make sure.
Later on yesterday I was busy blogging when I heard scuffling behind me and a big black cat wandered in the study. MWM was outside and had left the front door open allowing it to wander in. Of course I shouted and shushed and it shot out, so I went downstairs to look for it and asked MWM if he's seen it, he hadn't and went upstairs to check that it wasn't still in the house. He found it hiding in our bedroom and tried to pick it up to put it outside but it shot into the study again, ran up the wall and ceiling, then landed on the curtain rail, which it managed to pull completely off the wall before MWM managed to grab it, but not before it sank it's claws into his arm! I don't know who was more fraught the cat or MWM!
I had to go to the dentist yesterday for a 6 monthly check up, a scale and polish and an extraction - I was charged £43.50 for the privilege under the new NHS Dentistry charges. don't it make you want to rinse and SPIT!!!
On a completely different subject I read in yesterday's paper that an 84 year old Gurka war hero, who won the Victoria Cross when he single-handedly took out some Japanese machine-gun nest in Burma during the Second World War, is being denied the right to live in England. He is now suffering from a heart condition, diabetes and asthma and lives in near poverty on a hillside in Nepal but wants to spend his last years here. The Home Office has told him: "You have failed to demonstrate you have strong ties with the UK". How much stronger do your ties have to be than being awarded the highest military decoration for being willing to lay down your life for this country?
However there is a petition to the Government that requests
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to immediately and retrospectively give all Gurkha servicemen and their immediate families past and present british citizenship.
If you are a British citizen or resident you can sign the petition here.
Our Goverment should be totally ashamed!
Wednesday 30th May
Feeling really good, not using the crutch around the house at all now, though I still need it when I go outside.