Caught a scam just in time yesterday. A gutter cleaning company dropped off a personalized leaflet in the letter box. Just what was needed to clear out the old unused birds nests in the down pipes. Checked out the company online. Also checked them out with the Companies House website. Good reviews and fifteen years of unblemished trading history. Phoned the number at the bottom of the leaflet and agreed a time for them to come and a price. Both were reasonable. The charming young lady on the other end of the phone asked for my credit card details which I gave. Guess what ? Within seconds a charge was applied to the account that was very different from what had been agreed. Misappropriation of a genuine traders identity is a new one on me. Got the credit card company just in time. Just because the name is that of an honest company doesn't mean the person you're talking to works for them. In future I'll always check the phone numbers.
Another bright and sunny but bitterly cold morning. There's a bank of cloud offshore which is forecast to 'burn off' in the sunshine. The family diva joins me for a quick detour into town for a coffee, bowl of water and shared pain au raisin. Sophie has discovered that frozen puddles can be alarmingly slippery.
The sound of Christmas carols wafts up from the forecourt of the museum. A group of lady brass band enthusiasts are playing away to a non-existent audience. Their bucket is empty so I slip them a fiver. How dispiriting it must be not to make your petrol costs. They all stop mid-tune and wish me a Happy Christmas. Why they should be playing to an empty forecourt on a cold exam day morning is unexplained. They'd do much better on one of the shopping streets.
Christmas song #11. Very Stanford :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnBcqV1PoNU