Tuesday, 18 August 2015

A Mrs Doubtfire moment

At times I wish things could just go to plan & I wasn't the sort of person who frequently finds themselves in a situation.

My mother in her elder years & quite frankly the years before that doesn't respond well to modern technology & can't understand the workings of her debit card. So either my sister or me will take her card to buy whatever item she requires.

I popped off to the carpet shop this morning to pay for the carpets she is having fitted tomorrow. The card was declined! I had to return to my mothers house & phone the bank to see why the card had declined. To top matters off I had to pretend to be her as there was no way on this earth in fact the moon & stars are not spared in this little story would she phone the bank.

Hence I spent several minutes on the phone in an accent similar to Mrs Doubtfire & a similar style of fraud so I could get the card unblocked!! Then spending several minutes after that trying to explain to an irate pensioner who was disgusted that the bank had blocked her card for security reasons. I would also like to point out that I am the person who heads the fraud department at the company I work for  & sigh.

Anyway matter resolved I popped back to the carpet shop paid with said debit card & returned home to a large lunchtime G&T & the potting up of my citrus trees.


I have an orange tree, lemon tree & lime tree. In my usual haphazard style I didn't label said trees & have no idea which is which.

I potted them up using a specialist citrus compost & some nice little terracotta pots.

The blurb on the back of the packet states to feed after six weeks with some citrus feed which I will do & in October to add a plant food capsule thingamajig to the soil I shall also do that.

The plants are still quite small but one has the most beautifully scented blossom, small flowers but an incredibly strong fragrance. My fanciful nature also thinks it can spy some fruit!

Poor floral image & my white wash on the line in the background! 
Now the greenhouse isn't heated so I either purchase a heater, place them on the kitchen window sill over winter or build a frame in the greenhouse & surround them with bubble wrap. I'm thinking more of the latter, suggestions welcome.



22 comments:

  1. I was laughing at your fraudulent activities! ESP as its your job!!!
    Your citrus trees are looking like a rather sweet trio!

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  2. Like Rachel I was having a titter at your expense I'm afraid. I love you have no labels on your citrus trees, I remember labelling lots of new seedling once only to find the sun had faded all the writing!

    Looking forward to following the citrus trees adventures. I wonder which will fruit first :)

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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  3. What a pain banks can be, especially when you are trying to deal with the affairs of elderly relatives, it's all so tricky. I would definitely keep the citrus trees on the kitchen windowsill over winter, especially while they're so small. I lost a really big citrus (lemon) to a touch of cold a few years ago, lots of the varieties really can't stand it. CJ xx

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  4. Can you get added to her account as someone who has permission to deal with it for her? Not sure whether banks do it? I did giggle at your fraudulent activities, esp given your job! Love the little citrus trees- wonder how expensive heaters are? Might come in handy for growing other things and would be dead simple to use xxx

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  5. I too had to smile over your dealings with the bank. I would keep the miniature trees on the kitchen windowsill for the first winter and give them a head start.

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  6. Oh my goodness, sounds like quite a trying experience!! As for the fraud thing with the bank, do what I do with someone that I have to help with these things, call when they are there and explain that you are speaking on their behalf, hand the phone over and get them to consent verbally to you talking for them, and then get the phone back out of their hand as fast as you can and carry on the conversation. Works 99 times out of 100 for me. Makes me worry less too - oh and I would have to try and impersonate a man otherwise too which would be tricky! Hope that the trees all do well, I love that you didn't label them! xx

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  7. When I have tried to ring places on behalf of my sister and refused information my response has been that I could have just pretended to be hr and they would have been none the wiser.

    If you don't want them in the house you could try bubblewrap but the plants may sweat

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  8. Oh Jo nothing ever seems to go according to plan does it. So frustrating. I did have a giggle at your impersonation of Mrs Doubtfire. Thankfully all resolved now.

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  9. *Sigh!* I can relate so well to your problems!
    Your citrus trees look lovely. I hope they will thrive. I too would keep them in the kitchen also to be able to enjoy their beauty as much as possible.

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  10. I've had to do this in the past for my mother-in-law. It's quite unsettling having to pretend you're a clueless old lady. Banks don't seem to take account of an older generation that are not computer literate, who rely on younger relatives to deal with these issues for them.

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  11. Your mother sounds just like mine so I can appreciate your frustration but at least you got there in the end. I'm no gardener so can't offer any advice re the fruit trees. I hope you work something out so they survive the winter
    Jackie x

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  12. It's bizarre how pernickety banks need to be; but I'm sure they'd tell you horror stories of people who have embezzled old dears of thousands. There should be a trusted adult system in banking, like a guardianship for children but without the moving in element. I know a few of my friends with elderly relatives have power of attorney. They set it up while their parent(s) were still compos mentis, and it goes into effect when they really need it. Would your Mum go for something like that? I have to say I was always the card runner for my Nan, but I never went into the shop with it, just used it in the machine outside the bank.

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  13. It'll be interesting to see how your citrus trees do. Happy gardening. Flighty xx

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  14. I used to work in a callcentre for a bank and it was awful when elderly people would ring up and you couldn't help them because they didn't know the security details they'd set up. I find technology quite baffling at my age so there's no hope for me when I'm older. Leaving the labels out of the citrus trees is just the thing that I'd do too. I'm sure you'll be able to tell which is which once they start fruiting.

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  15. Thank you so much for visiting, which let me find your blog. I can so relate to the thing with your mom and the bank. My mom was the same way. My sister being older and smarter than I, helped her more, but gosh, it was always something! I've been looking at your older post too and can relate to so many things you've written about. I love the way you write and look forward to visiting more. Your little citrus trees are so pretty! Thanks again.

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  16. Please say you have your phone call on video, I think it is something we have all done at one point.

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  17. You always make me smile Jo nothing ever seems to go smoothly does it there's always something, I'm glad that you got the credit card sorted but it's so irritating when something like that happens. I hope your citrus trees thrive and reward you with lots of fruit. :) xx

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  18. I can relate....seems the older I get, the more I have to write everything down...old school.
    I have a huge Rolodex file system, I wouldn't know how to get through the week, without it.
    Lots of good luck with your fruit trees, there's nothing more rewarding than growing your own produce.
    Lovely blog !
    ~Jo

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  19. Hehe you made me chuckle! I hope it's all sorted for you :) The citrus plants look great!

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  20. There's always a big palaver isn't there! I'll only take five minutes and before you know it that's another day gone.:-)

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  21. After I lost one lemon tree to frost, I brought my lemon tree inside onto the unheated stairwell outside my flat. It did really well there, lots of blossom (heavenly smell!!) and lots of tiny wee fruit. Inevitably, the fruit got picked off by passing kids (grrrrr!) and then the landlords wanted the stairwell landing cleared so it's now back out in the garden, albeit by a wall. I'll probably wrap it in fleece if the winter looks like getting severe.
    I sympathise with your problems in dealing with the bank. I long for the days when the staff of local banks knew who you are and could sort things out easily. I've now got power of attorney for my parents, best way. Caro xx

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  22. Hi Jo, Having gone through having a terminally ill Mil with no Will or POA in place last year I'd also suggest getting power of attorney for your Mum if she'll agree, it makes it so much easier. I can just imagine the scent you'll get from your citrus trees, I'd keep them inside if possible. Hx

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