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When I first started writing this blog, many months ago, one of my posts was entitled ‘thieves are scum’ and once again my family have been affected. Yesterday my husband went down to his Rugby Club to help out with some painting and redecorating – helping out voluntarily and doing his bit. He changed into his painting gear and left his jeans in the changing room for at the most 20 mins, during which time some b**stard went through his pockets and stole his wallet + £90, his watch, his blackberry and his car keys. They then went out into the car park and stole our mini. My husband is gutted, not only at the fact that he has lost the above items but the fact that it happened at the Rugby Club and at the loss of his watch and his wallet, not because of the monetary value but because of the fact that both were presents and had sentimental value. What should have been a happy family day for us yesterday turned into a nightmare of frustration, giving statements to the Police, cancelling credit cards and phones etc., etc. It makes me sick that somebody has just walked in and helped themselves to property that has been bought and paid for with hard work on our part. These scum just do not care, they take the view that people have ‘insurance’. Yes we have insurance, we are lucky in that respect but we will pay again for it in the long run when our premiums go up yet again. It is the unfairness of it all and the fact that even if they catch this person they will probably only get a slap on the wrist. The first car we had stolen – oh yes it has happened before – was taken by a man who 2 hours earlier that day had been given a slap on the wrist for TWOC (taking without the owner’s consent). He obviously stuck two fingers up at the Court because he then went out and perpetrated the same crime 2 hours later but this time not only did he steal my car but he wrecked someone’s life by smashing into them and injuring them quite badly. The Police would not let me into the cell he was being held in – I wonder why – but they were totally disillusioned with our justice system and said that he should have been given a harsher sentence the first time. With prisons being full to capacity we stand no chance of justice and once again the criminals in this country will win again. So once again I am back in that place of frustration and despair at our Criminal Justice System – or lack of it should I say – and am fed up.
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After quite a wrangle with the Parish Council we have got an allotment, only half a plot at present but as that was waist high in weeds, grass, nettles etc., so it took a concerted effort to actually get the thing dug over. We found the delights of yards of black plastic that had, one assumes, been put over the plot for a reason but as the plot hadn’t been tended for years had started to degrade and therefore took ages to pull out. It is amazing what a sense of achievement is felt when we look at the plot now, all nicely dug over and with a crop of courgettes/squashes going great guns, a row of Sweat Peas which are growing, albeit slowly and various salad veggies that Andy has planted. We had two courgettes the other day and they tasted so good, nothing like the usual supermarket rubbish that we have been putting up with. We were also given some new potatoes and carrots from two very nice chaps who have allotments and the difference in taste is amazing. It took me back to my childhood when all the veg we ate was provided by my grandfather, a landscape gardener by trade, who had a huge allotment and also to my first years of married life. Andy and I had a cottage with a 120 ft garden. Neither of us had any idea about growing veggies really but Andy set to and all the time we lived at the cottage he provided all the veggies we needed. Of course we then had to move when the cottage was no longer big enough to house our expanding family and the next two houses did not have gardens big enough to grow anything. So, here we are back to just me and my lovely husband and a plot of ground. It’s funny how things go in circles and for once this has come round in a good way and I can’t wait to harvest our goodies. ADF