Photo Copyright: Maggie May
I don't know what it is about my back room that makes everyone want to stay in there when they visit me.
I have very comfortable seating in the front room and the decorations there are pleasing and its quiet and peaceful.
My back room, on the other hand is badly in need of being redecorated and the carpets need to be replaced as they have seen better days. I have a rabbit run in that room, as well as a cage.
In the centre of this room is a round table that seems to be the dumping ground for any old leaflets and papers that come through the doors as well as things that the children bring back from school. All waiting to be sorted.
I try to get rid of the clutters regularly, but as fast as I do so, another load of things come in from my son, the girls or the school.
It is a bit frustrating at times as I was a much tidier person once upon a time when things were put in their place.
It never ceases to amaze me that most people actually choose to sit round this table amongst the general clutter.
One such friend is Audrey.
I first met Audrey when my youngest granddaugher Millie and Audrey's youngest daughter Jade, started to bond together in Nursery school.
They were attracted to each other very quickly and that did seem to help them both to settle down and enjoy life there, every afternoon, five days a week.
Amber had already been through a Reception class and had picked up English fairly well, though at first she hadn't been able to express herself easily and used to think that others could understand her Japanese.
I think Audrey must have moved to Bristol from another region around that time and she was just one of several mothers that I chatted to in the playground.
My family lived with me for almost a year when they came back from Japan, so that I was involved in the school run (and seeing the children when I was at work in the same school at lunch times) right from the beginning.
Eventually, the girls started seeing each other out of school and that was when Amber first began to notice Nadine (the oldest of Audrey's children) and they all seemed to get on very well together. Nadine is a year or so older than Amber, so she is really looked up to by my grandchildren.
Audrey is the friend who looked after my house and rabbit when we went away in the summer. She says that she will be willing to do it again even though we are adding another bunny to our household soon. She is not over the top with rabbits and I think she can take them or leave them, but isn't afraid to get her hands dirty and clean out their trays and she even got a nip on the arm once from Ash for her trouble. That was in the days before he calmed down after being neutered.
It is really good to have someone like this who can be trusted with the house keys and precious pets.
Audrey made my day recently, when she sat round my table one morning, feeling quite sad about something or other, but after a cuppa and a long chat, she said, "Oh I do love sitting round your table like this..... you make me laugh!"
That is quite a compliment, don't you think?
So maybe I shouldn't worry so much about the heaps of junk everywhere because in the end, it is people that matter most......... and of course, rabbits.