Along The Lanes To The West

I cannot be bothered to detail the problem that has developed with my probate application, except to say that I have received an e-mail rejecting my completed form for a reason that doesn’t make sense and asking me to submit a new one. Without sending a duplicate form I replied and received a standard automated response. This will involve a further 8 weeks delay.

Today was dry, dull, and cold. After a Tesco shop this afternoon we took a drive into the lanes to the west of the forest.

Despite the ice remaining in the ruts and puddles along the verges and in the fields,

daffodils bloomed on the green at Neacroft.

Crows seemed to be playing musical chairs from oak to oak and from wire to wire, of which there were a few in evidence along

Bockhampton Lane, where we thought it must be draughty in this

dilapidated building.

The golden glow we noticed on the horizon did not live up to its promise of some sort of sunset.

This evening we dined on more of Jackie’s spicy chilli con carne and rice, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the chianti.


  1. This probate business can be tiring, frustrating and drag on forever. My aunt in Dorset died two years ago and we have still not reached the end of it all – her will was so simple too. The system is a bit like the dilapidated building you show: full of holes, draughts and the left hand not speaking to the right. I am glad you were able to enjoy some daffodils on your way home though.

      1. gov’t bureaucracy is probably the same all over. I was just reminded in the w/end that I still haven’t received an updated birth certificate, I must get onto that!

  2. Love seeing the daffodils. Our daffodil and tulip leaves have broken through but nowhere near ready to form a flower head. At least our icy snow continues to melt. Dinner sounds good. We are having meatloaf in honor of the late Meatloaf.

  3. I have decided not to concern myself with probate problems; I will leave that for my son to fix. The ice in the puddles was really quite abstract. It reminded me of some satellite photos of flood plains in central Australia. And everybody loves daffodils.

  4. Our thoughts are with you and your family’s frustration with the probate technicalities. Perhaps a quicker than threatened solution will come your way. We liked the silhouette images of the crows.

  5. I’m sorry about the probate problems. I think Anne is right with the analogy. Bureaucracy seems the same in every country. I think we’re still in the process with my mom’s.
    The top black and white photos are intriguing and unusual, but it made me happy to see daffodils. I can’t imagine we’ll see them here for a couple more months.

  6. I’m sorry you’re having to deal with probate problems, Derrick. Bureaucracy, the bane of our existence. I love the header photo! It’s very artistic. Seeing a large grouping of crows reminds me of “The Birds,” which I found terrifying. *shudder*

  7. How exciting to see daffodils! We won’t be seeing any around here for a few more months, but I did enjoy seeing yours. I hope you get your probate issues resolved soon. Those government offices can be a nightmare at the best of times and these are definitely not the best of times for offices of any sort.

  8. Try not to let this whole probate thing get to you. I often wonder if these people are paid extra to annoy the loved ones that these things involve. Do you have a “free legal aid” system in the UK that can help with legal paper work? or, a solicitor who can assist with the final closure forms such as probate? We asked Dad’s solicitor who wrote up his Will. I did most of the work involved but Dad’s solicitor did that last annoying bits. I fee was less than $500 AU but that stress relief was invaluable.

    WOW! We are just about to sit down to Norm’s spicy chilli con carne but without rice.

    Sleep well.

    1. Thanks very much, Chrissy. I am one step away from handing the last fiasco over to a solicitor. If my last e-mail doesn’t do the trick that is what I will do. Great minds with chilli con carne

  9. I share your frustration with senseless, incompetent and often automated bureaucracy, which seems to be everywhere these days. Even when you deal with a human being, it is all too frequently someone with limited authority, or intellect.

  10. I’m sorry for the headaches with probate. Nothing seems easy when you deal with the government. The daffodils are beautiful. I hope they brightened your day.❀️

  11. The header photo looked like a satellite image of rivers. I hate that the probate application was rejected. Stupid bureaucracy. It’s a good thing there are daffodils to make us smile. πŸ™‚

  12. I’m so sorry to hear about the probate issues and frustrations. πŸ™ Hope it all gets dealt with sooner than is expected. When my MIL died she had everything set up well before she died and it still took almost a year for everything to go through/get done/get wrapped up.
    Your photos today are so artistic and amazing! πŸ™‚
    The photos of the trees in their winter finery adorned with crows are faves for me!
    Maybe the crows on the wires are having a meeting concerning what to do about the crows in the trees! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  13. The silhouetted crows on various perches indicate some intense parliament in session. One wonders what could have the topic of discussion or contention, but they have certainly yielded interesting photos.

    It’s exasperating how complicated we have managed to make ordinary matters of life, even as we collect, integrate, store, analyse and process more and more data through computer systems that are a million times more fast than equipment available earlier. Reminds me of a quote: β€œI am not crazy; my reality is just different from yours.”

    1. Thank you very much, Uma. I like your use of parliament. Your exasperating comment is spot on. No longer can we do anything without going on line which may or may not work.

  14. Uma’s comment — that we can “collect, integrate, store, analyse and process more and more data through computer systems that are a million times more fast than equipment available earlier” — is both true and not true. Our internal revenue service has backlogs going back at least a couple of years, and part of the reason is that their computer system is about sixty years old. In fact, much still is written in COBOL: a programming language that’s not even taught today. Oh, whoops. Finding people who can make the system work apparently is an issue.

    Of course, finding anyone who’s willing to work is an issue these days! You’re lucky to have found some of them through your renovation projects!

  15. I am sorry that you are having ongoing problems with probate. That can take a long time here as well.

    I loved all the photos from your day, especially the golden trumpets of daffodils!

  16. I am sorry about the form and your needing to redo it. My son registered for university today. The website is terrible and it was like negotiating a minefield. The frozen ice looks very pretty, as do the daffodils.

  17. Perspective in imagery is a wondrous thing – those first B&W photos could be of frozen lakes, taken from on high. πŸ™‚ … I love your eye for this sort of thing. πŸ™‚

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