I locked myself out of the flat today while alone at home. It happens about three times a year and is usually solved by presenting myself forlornly before either my husband or my sister (who keeps a spare key for us) wherever in town either of them happens to be. One memorable bank holiday weekend I had to transport myself to my husband’s place of work and call him out of his ward round two days in a row.
Only this time, as I stood helplessly on the wrong side of my front door, I realised that everyone I could call upon was unavailable for a variety of reasons. I had no phone, no car key, no sister or husband within a 300-mile radius, and seemingly no way of getting back into the flat.
I knocked at my opposite neighbour’s door and told her my sorry tale. To cut a long story short, she fed me a delicious lunch, and meanwhile let me use her phone to call my parents, who put me onto my sister, who got in touch with her work colleague, who retrieved my sister’s own spare flat key from its hiding place and left it in an envelope for me at her office reception, which I walked round and collected, then walked to my sister’s flat, let myself in, and retrieved my own spare key from its hiding place before walking back home and letting myself back into my own flat.
So I picked this posy of sweetpeas, Verbena rigida, marigolds, ammi, and my single last cornflower as a thank you to my neighbour, who was so kind, helpful and sympathetic, and whom I was very pleased to get to know a little better in conversation over lunch.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden; do visit her page and see hers and links to many other beautiful vases created by all those who join in with this wonderful challenge.