ttfn, or what I’ve been up to lately


The short version is, as Elma would say, “an idiot made our car crash”.

The slightly longer version is that as we came home the Sunday before last an [insert your favourite Anglo-Saxon here] driver shot out of a Give Way junction in front of us, suddenly braked and pulled into the side of the road  (all without indicating or using hazard warning lights), and then, as we moved to the right hand side of the carriageway to make sure we didn’t hit them and to be ready to overtake if necessary, they pulled a U-turn.  Across a 60mph road. Across cross hatching. Across us. All without warning lights or indicating again.  H had been braking since they’d jumped the junction but there was nothing we could do, and nowhere left for us to go.  We slammed into their driver’s side doors and their car rolled slowly away from us with sickening crunches, eventually coming to rest on the driver’s side doors in the far verge.

It’s a miracle that they, and their two children, walked away. Actually, it’s not a miracle, it’s because H is a good driver and was doing everything he could to loose speed from the moment their revealed their idiocy and so we hit nearer to 20 than 60. Even then our car is looking mighty scrunched up and the jury is still out as to whether it’s repairable.

And as for us, well the children are shaken up but thanks to the power of car seats, only Kitty had even any bruising, and the littlest two were fine.  H and I have whiplash and I have some pretty spectacular bruising, and most annoyingly I must have jarred my left arm in the impact because as well as a rather nice burn mark down the outside of my elbow, I’ve got soft tissue injuries to wrist and elbow, which basically gives me horrible carpal tunnel-esque symptoms and a feeling a bit like I’m a baby bird with a broken left wing.  I’m strapped up from knuckles to upper arm and been told not to use it.

I’m a mother of three, my job is pretty much entirely computer based, and my hobbies are writing, knitting and sewing – the enforced slow down is calling on every last shred of patience I have available.

And so I’m really just checking in one-handedly to say I don’t know when I’ll be back for more than the odd picture post.  I have a million things I want to write about, and occasions to remember and I know they’ll be a veritable avalanche of posts when I do get the all clear (and I’m going to knit EVERYTHING) but for now I have to be good.

I’m making no promises as to whether or not I’m grumpy about it though!




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  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 26/07/2016 at 9:56 pm

    Oh Carie, that is tough being so restricted but thank goodness you are all ok. Time for books and Netflix?

  • Ellen Boylin 26/07/2016 at 10:01 pm

    Oh no – I’ve been there some years ago and it’s a) very frightening at the time and b) very frustrating when it’s not your fault. But, as the local police force told me at the time, it could have been a lot worse. Thank goodness you’re all ok – apart from the bruises, being shaken up and strapped up. You need to try and rest (if possible) and take it easy so you can heal and repair. I can remember being absolutely furious afterwards as the young guy who hit me was uninsured, didn’t have a licence and was high on both drink + drugs but as the police told me, my car took the brunt force of the impact and I, thank goodness, got out and walked away. Like your car, we didn’t know if mine was repairable but they apparently scanned the chassis and decided that because it was only 8mths old, it could be repaired and the garage did an amazing job. It took me a bit longer to get over it – especially as for ages afterwards each time I drove past the road it happened in, parts of my car where still strewn about!
    Take care and look after yourself
    Ellen x

  • sustainablemum 26/07/2016 at 10:13 pm

    I am so glad to hear that despite your ordeal you are all ok. I am sure that your enforced rest is not what you would choose but it will be worth it! There are some complete idiots on the roads and I am sorry that you crossed paths with one. Knowing that someone is going to hit you and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it is a scary accident I have had one too.

  • Mary 26/07/2016 at 10:17 pm

    Oh my word. I’m so glad you’re all okay. I mean, yes, I hear you about it being the most frustrating kind of injury for someone like you, but goodness, from what you say it could have been so much worse. Let us know if we can offer anything useful.

  • Jenny Benton 26/07/2016 at 10:50 pm

    What a terrible experience for you all, and you appear to have bore the brunt of it. You must be so thankful that the kiddies are relatively unscathed, just hope they don’t have flash backs about the accident.
    Guess now you are dealing with the police, the insurance, getting the car fixed, and most importantly, recovering.

  • Mandycharlie 26/07/2016 at 10:51 pm

    That sounds incredibly scary, so glad you are all alright. Hubby was smacked into at the start of spring, they wrote our beautiful merc off, he’s finished his physio now but is still a bit shaken and we await our insurance, we are hoping for before Christmas.

  • Lucy 26/07/2016 at 11:09 pm

    Good grief Carie, how scary for you all! This is what freaks me out about being in the road… it doesn’t matter how good a driver you might be, it’s all the crazy bad drivers on the road who don’t think twice about doing something dangerous that are what you have to worry about. I’m so glad to hear that no one was badly hurt, and hard as it may be, just try and enjoy your enforced break and make the most of a restful summer while you heal. We’ll all still be here when you’re ready to get back to it all. x

  • Donna 27/07/2016 at 8:00 am

    What an absolute idiot. I’m amazed it was a family – presumed it was a single (man) person. How very stereotypical of me. Really glad you’re all ok – of sorts, and hope you’re back to your able self asap! x

  • Cheryl | TimeToCraft 27/07/2016 at 9:34 am

    Goodness. What an ordeal. Thank goodness it wasn’t worse. Elma’s description sounds spot on. I hope they are coping too. An idiot went into the back of my husband (he was stopped at a red light) before Christmas and wrote our car off. I’m just glad cars are built to take the crunch now, when these things happen. He’s still having problems with his back and wrangling with the insurance people but it could have been worse.

    Enjoy your rest. There is nothing else you can do, so I hope you can make the most of it.

  • Doris 27/07/2016 at 11:46 am

    O goodness, what a scary experience. Please also be good in taking care of that whiplash, since it can cause permanent trouble when not treated well 🙁

  • Lee Cockrum 27/07/2016 at 12:33 pm

    I am so very sorry that this happened to your family. I’m sorry for your injuries and restrictions, but so glad it wasn’t worse. My thoughts and prayers are with you for healing and patience.

  • Jemma@listoflovelythings 27/07/2016 at 2:42 pm

    Oh Carie I’m so sorry! Get better soon, that sounds hideous! Hope the idiot reads this! Glad the kids were ok xx

  • Anja 27/07/2016 at 8:09 pm

    I’m sorry you had/have to go through that. Hopefully you’ll be okay soon!

  • Kim 28/07/2016 at 1:46 am

    Oh goodness, so sorry this all happened, but glad to hear there were no serious injuries. Wishing you all the best in your recovery my friend, take care of yourself. xo

  • Sarah 29/07/2016 at 8:28 pm

    So sorry to hear this Carie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Take as long as you need, we’ll all be here when you’re ready Xx

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 31/07/2016 at 1:09 pm

    Oh my goodness Carie… This sounds horrendous! Thank God you are all safe…. What a scary experience and I’m sure pretty frustrating now! So thankful to hear that you’re all ok though… Sounds like it could have been much, much worse…
    So much love to you all xxx

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 01/08/2016 at 9:06 pm

    I have re-read that first paragraph several times, to try and understand what on earth they were doing! I still can’t fathom it!! Were they drunk? Seems absolute madness! I am so so glad you are all ok, although obviously your arm isn’t but you know what I mean. Big hugs xxx