Yesterday Little Me from Pint Sized Rants told me about some really awful news that I’ve been thinking about ever since.
You see, there’s this blogger called GentleOtter…
Now, GentleOtter has been living on a remote tenant farm in Scotland for the last 120 years.
Not her personally, you understand – I’m not sure how many years she’s been living there but….
Her husband’s family have been the tenant farmers there for the last 120 years.
In that time they’ve never once missed a rent payment!
Not once! In good years and bad!
They have maintained the house during all that time but…
“The farmhouse roof has crumbled ‘through fair wear and tear’. It has covered and protected the house since circa 1800, before that it was thatched. I think it is safe to say that the roof has lasted well.”
Having asked that the roof be repaired, to no avail, two days ago, a chap from the council came up to look and informed GentleOtter that a demolition order be served. There is nothing she can do as it is the landowner’s responsibility!
Now, you may want to read more about GentleOtter’s plight…
I’d just suggest that you get a box of hankies ready first!
Now, I don’t know what, if anything, we can do about this?
GentelOtter doesn’t even live in France?
She does live the sort of simple life that many of us who have moved to France aspire to?
And surely what is happening to her and her family isn’t right?
We may not be able to do anything physical to help her but…
Perhaps a sign of support might make her feel less alone?
When good people hear about such bad things…
They have a choice that they have to make.
To ignore the bad news on the grounds that… “That could never happen to me” or…
To reach out a hand of friendship and support…
Even if, in the long run, that won’t change a thing!
Because I know from my own experience that…
A hand of friendship and support changes everything!
And perhaps leave a comment to say that you are thinking of GentleOtter and her family in these difficult days?
You may even want to say something on Facebook (if you use that infernal device?)
Or perhaps mention what’s happening on your own blog?
What can it hurt?
And I imagine that if you do that, tonight GentleOtter might sleep slightly better knowing that she’s not on her own?
GentleOtter – I’m not sure what I can do to help but…
I’m thinking of you (and sending you positive thoughts) anyway.
All the best