Tales From The River Bank. That’s A Buzz !

Many of you know by now that I have big problems with my vibrating hands.




Problems, such as extracting euros from a cashpoint in a Spanish village nearby.


Twice, on different occasions, I went to grab hold of the money, instead of which I pushed the euros back into the slot.  Luckily there was enough showing for a friend to extract it.

My true bank is on the coast, 30 miles away.  It’s an international bank and all communications to me are in English.  The local village banks are totally Spanish and my Spanish is limited.  Goodness knows what they are really like >>>


Secondly, because of my hands, I am unable to write >>>>


So I have kept with the coastal bank for a number of years.  I had to do something after pushing the euros back into the ATM slot.  I went to the coast and withdrew a few thousand euros so that I would never have to use a local ATM again ….. well, for a few weeks !


I have guard cats protecting this money 24/7 with dedication and ferocity.



Happy that both Samantha and Sonic were 0% behind me I took a break from drafting this post and went out onto the rear balcony.  Wow !  The Universe reminded me in the form of a cloud to tell you about what I saw after visiting the coastal bank.

This cloud is a cropped mirror image. Click for the big picture.
This cloud is a cropped mirror image. Click for the big picture.

This mural is what I saw near the bank.



I emailed a few photos to Resa, who very kindly published a feature post.  Click on Resa’s photo to see the post.  Thank you my friend and the Universe for reminding me ❤


Well,  that’s it for this post.  Oh no, I spoke too soon !




Oh heck !   What now Samantha ?


What do you mean your bum’s wet ?





OMG.  You’re right Samantha ! 

The work surface was covered in water.  Not knowing where it came from and being a Sunday afternoon I turned off the water to the apartment.  The plumber arrived Monday afternoon and on removing one of the overhead cabinets found a broken repair to the hot water pipe in the wall.   It seems that this repair was made during installation of the kitchen units put in a year before I moved into the apartment.


Not having the right welding equipment with him he went away leaving a water bottle to channel the leak to drip into a basin.  At least I had water back on again.




Tuesday afternoon he returned, repaired the pipe, put back the unit and emptied my wallet.  I may have to return to the coastal bank earlier than I had planned.   Oh boy !



Hornets are really sneaky like my cats.


Hornets fly into the apartment carrying a bucket of mud and quietly build their nests in inaccessible places.  Last year. I found a huge lump of dried mud on the back corner of a curtain.


This year one built a nest here …..




…. and another here.



Luckily for me, just as the hornets were about to bring in all their relations and lay eggs, the outside temperature shot up into the 40°Cs, peaking at 48° C.  This meant me closing all the windows and doors and running the air conditioning all day and evening.  Yep, the hornets were locked out and never returned once the temperature dropped.

I am unable to climb stepladders, so I will ask Toni, my neighbour, to remove the nests while I take photographs for a future post.  What a buzz !


No wonder I have vibrating hands  !!!!  🙂



Oh boy !


Have you tried to give money back to the bank,  or had a leak,  or enjoyed a buzz ?


Ralph xox ❤


The ATM, plastic ducks and hornet pictures are not mine.

92 Comments on “Tales From The River Bank. That’s A Buzz !

  1. Best of luck with the plumbing situation. It is draining in more ways than one. I hope you don’t have too many more issues in future. Have a great weekend.

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    • Thanks Cookie. When I bought the apartment I thought that as the kitchen was reasonably new I would not have it renovated expecting it to be fine. I don’t think anyone removes kitchen cabinets to have a look before buying. Maybe I should have done. Oh well !
      Thank you and have a lovely weekend yourself my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Ralph, I had the bank deposit $2,000,000.00 to our account, (by accident) many years ago. Unfortunately, we had to give it back. Do tell Samantha to be careful with her tail when she is near the burner.
    Plumbing can be a real nightmare. Glad it’s fixed.(I’ll send some of that imaginary millions on to you).
    Have a great weekend, Ralph.

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    • Hello Leslie 🙂
      Oh wow ! $2 million ! I would be all day at the ATM pushing it back into the slot ! lol
      Samantha loves to lay on the hob with her foot on the controls. I know because the hob goes haywire, bleeping and errors showing up. Luckily it never gets hot as I have never used the hob. No need 🙂
      Thank you my friend and have a lovely weekend yourself. Ralph xox ❤

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    • I must admit that I was so pleased when the plumber left on Monday afternoon leaving me with the hot water on. Two days without water would have been too much in this heat and I would have turned into a stink pot. lol
      I totally agree. Hornets are sneaky !
      Thank you for commenting Victo my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • I’m sorry to hear about your hands that must be very irritating and I hope it is something that one day they will be able to sort out. The cats are lovely as ever and their speech bubbles are so funny. Leaks have been the bane of my life you are lucky you were able to sort it out so quickly! 🙂

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      • @ Caroline

        Yes, my hands have a mind of their own. Could come in handy someday 😉

        The cats say thanks from their own bubble world. 😉

        I hope your leaks are also fixed.

        Have a great week my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  3. Ralph, love your buzz post! Shaking my head with your bank, water & hornets problem. And those ferocious guard cats? Don’t think so. They cook up more trouble for you. Maybe you need a guard dog to keep them in line! Have a wonderful weekend. 💛 Elizabeth

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    • I’ll join you in shaking my head Elizabeth. Oh, I do that anyway 🙂
      A guard dog would be totally useless in my apartment as my cats would probably spend all day and night pinning it down by sleeping on it 🙂
      Thank you and have a lovely weekend yourself my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  4. Dear Ralph,
    Of course I’ve had a buzz! Usually a red wine, live music or pot buzz.
    “what’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a happening!”

    So there you see it, and I’m all buzzed out.
    Thanks for the nod on the post I did on the stunning tile mural you sent into GLaM.
    Good on the cats for discovering the leak!!!! Where would you be without them? Taking swimming lessons? _Resa
    LOL! 😀 😀 xoxo ❤ #< {{hugs}}

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    • Hey, you can’t be buzzed out after drinking red wine, listening to live music, going potty, reading my post and commenting. Mind you, I have that effect on women 😉 lol

      Your post was great and I was honoured to send you the photos my friend.

      Those cats ! I will never learn how to breast stroke now 😉

      Here’s a big hug for you dear Resa. Ralph xoxo ❤ #<


    • Don’t forget my cats !! 😉

      You have hit the nail on the head dear Widdershins. You know me well then 😉 lol

      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  5. Oh Ralph, I’m so sorry. Sounds like you’ve been having a bad couple of weeks. We’ve had many leaks–old house–and I wish you all the best with yours. As for banks, don’t get me started. I hope you have a nice weekend. xox

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    • That’s okay Mary everything is ship shape now, except for the nests. Oh dear, an old house ! Always a lot of work. I hope you are getting on top of it. Okay, I won’t get you started on banks 🙂
      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend yourself my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  6. You say “Have you tried to give money back to the bank, or had a leak, or enjoyed a buzz ?” At the risk of being considered risque, do women take a leak, as men do? I don’t mean standing up. Oh, good grief, this is getting complex. Forget I even started this monologue.

    ❤ xxxx 🙂

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    • I really must have a glass of what you are drinking Yvonne 😉
      My memory is awful. What are you talking about ?
      Big hug for you my friend. Ralph xox ❤


    • Awww ! Your kitties seem to be full of beans. I hope they calm down and let you stroke them the way you want to.
      Big hug dear Georgia. Ralph xox ❤


  7. Those two things are no fun. I can understand how frustration it can be when things around the house break down… Glad things are in order now. I hope that was not too expensive.

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    • They are not a lot of fun, are they YC ? As you say, the problems are fixed one way or the other. No, not too expensive, but he walked away with a smile on his face.
      Have a great weekend my friend. Ralph 🙂

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    • Je vous remercie beaucoup pour la photographie Georges et ont un merveilleux week-end vous. Ralph 🙂


  8. My goodness Ralpha, what hae yahd done tah pee off the man upstairs. Seriously couldn’t stop giggling at the idea of the money in the machine. Pusing it back? My friend stop giving the bank YOUR money! Couldn’t believe about the hornet. We have been
    plagued by wasps for weeks now on the big kitchen window . I am totally allergic if stung. Been a nightmare but found all these holes under the mallow tree outside which I reckon is their nest so it is being dealt with. Horrible things.

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    • Hello Shey :0
      Oh my goodness ! What with upsetting spiritual realms and unwittingly giving money back to the bank, no wonder I have had a leak and hornets. Floods and plagues ! It will be frogs turning into princesses next 😉
      Oh dear. Sorry to read that you are allergic to stings. Glad you have found the wasp nest. Block it with one of your pesky hamsters if I was you 🙂
      Happy Sunday my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Exactly . I got froggy princesses hopping all over the place despite the fact I never ever gave any sodding dosh back to the bank. You have NO idea how worried I am that you did Ralpha.
        Seriously me and wasps do NOT get along at all. x

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      • lol. I need a froggy princess to hop over to my apartment 😉
        Thank you my friend, I was worried too !!!
        Put an empty Coke can with jam in the bottom near to where the wasps congregate. That will get them !!! xox

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  9. “Life is mostly froth and bubble,
    Two things stand like stone,
    KINDNESS in another’s trouble,
    COURAGE in your own.” Adam Lindsay GORDON (1833-1870)
    Courage, my friend! At least the ATM tried to give you some money. I had a week of different ATMs refusing to give me any money at all. They just took a dislike to me. 😦

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    • What lovely words dear Gallivanta 🙂
      Oh dear, ATM’s can be a bit troublesome. Give them a cuddle next time. That should work 🙂
      Have a wonderful weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  10. i love the water bottle fix, it should become the new standard in plumbing. and as for the money and the river, you may as well just throw it in the river and watch it float away.

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    • lol. I just love your plumbing idea dear Beth. Perhaps by using origami I could turn the money into a boat and float away in it and blog from Morocco 😉
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  11. Ralph i can sympathise with the bumpy fingers problem as i one i share too.
    Not only eight out of every ten items i touch jump ship before right destination
    -often before i even touch them – but a while back i had punched in a generous
    $3000 to send to an eBay seller for a $30 purchase.
    Fortunately by a star’s luck my man was looking for something on my desk
    and happened to glanced at it just before the crucial ‘send’ click.
    Since then i invite him to take a chair and sit beside me for transfers outwards.

    The River Bank Welcoming Notice looks much like the ICBOC?
    (International Code of Bank Operations Conduct)

    I ve been having Internet access problems but trying not to miss the Fun!
    Hope you have an Enjoyable -problem free- weekend
    a Dry one for Samantha and a Bumpy Finger free for Sonic Lol! 😀

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    • Oh no !!! How scary but lucky that your man saw the error in time. Oh boy !!!
      I am really going to have to consider what to do with my deposit account ( gives you interest ) as I have not received any interest for over two years now, but they are quite happy to charge me for having that account. Under my mattress seems to be an option. 😉
      I don’t have an Internet account. I would do if the disc drawer on my laptop threw out €50 notes. lol
      I do hope that your Internet is being sorted now. It can be such a pain sometimes.
      Thank you and have a great Sunday evening yourself dear Sonata. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Yes, true Ralph, with interest rates so low globally
        why bother keeping household running keeping money in an account
        instead of under the mattress, especially with 2 fierce guards like Samantha and Sonic.
        As for the Internet account that spits money directly on your desk
        has been the dream of any housebound person if practically not by everybody.
        Perhaps the idea a of allowing specific coded notes -allocated to an account-
        to be printed by a home printer and exchangeable at the issuing Bank/account
        by whoever at the time is the presenting holder might be a future step
        -of a rather more sophisticated and safer solution than this crude one.

        In regards to Internet access i have purchased a 5GB wireless internet
        to seem me through work until access issues are resolved
        so fun chances are zero apart from here that i could not resist.
        Will catch up with next fortnight’s entry – Keep Well and Happy ❤

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      • It seems to me that the monetary system and the Internet are moving closer to >>>
        Rev_13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
        Mind you my local village shops still add up my purchases using pen and paper. They haven’t invented the abacus here yet. LOL.
        Thank you Sonata and keep well and happy yourself. 🙂 ❤

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  12. Oh Ralph it seems the universe and the messy planets aren’t leaving anyone unscathed. I’ve had my week of wordpress and Windows woes as well as trying to publish my newest book, it seem SNAFU abounds at every turn. That’s awful about your plumbing, and omg a hornet’s nest to boot. I’m glad you took a good sum of money out from the machine, sounds like you’ll be needing it. Guard it carefully, as I don’t think the kitties care too much about protecting, LOL. 🙂 xoxo

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    • Hi Debby 🙂
      Yes I know. I have just read your blog posts about your WP woes. I do hope that you can get it back to normal ASAP before you go insane 😉
      Thank you for commenting my friend and I will guard the money. No need really as the village thief has finally been jailed for three years after ransacking village homes for over 10 years. It took the Spanish courts that long to process him, meanwhile he was caught many times robbing empty houses and the police had to let him go due to the snails pace of justice. xox

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  13. OMG, Ralph! That’s way too many problems for one week. You need to cut back, my dear. They’re not good for your health! Lots of love! RVBFM 😍😍😍😍

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    • I totally agree with you MVBFM. Too many problems are bad for my health. I wish my cats would understand. No chance of that !
      Love back. Ralph xox ❤

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  14. What an interesting post with lots of information. I gathered that the picture of the ATM is not yours as there are Dollars there unless you can magic Dollars into Euros. Glad your cats don’t get a wet bum anymore and it is fixed. Funny how those repairmen do the same everywhere… empty the wallet. And they are very good at that. Those nests are terrible, glad you can remove them without trouble, well Toni can!

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    • No, sorry dear Ute, I cannot magic dollars into euros. Shame really ! I googled for an ATM picture and the only one with the money coming out of the slot was American.
      Yep, this plumber I had was very good at emptying my wallet. I hope to never have to see him again. Touch wood !
      Hopefully the nests will be removed this week. And that reminds me, have a lovely week ahead my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  15. Now; I think there is a message from the universe here. If you hadn`t gone to the bank to withdraw the money then the leak would still have been discovered but you would have been under more stress to pay the plumber. Well kind of. Those things are always happening to us. Just when we think we have a bit more money, something happens and we have to pay out said money. Be well my friend.

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    • Hello dear Adele 🙂
      Heck ! The universe has been talking to you too so as you can explain to me what is going on. Mind you, you have not explained why the hornets didn’t sting the plumber, but the plumber stung me. LOL.
      Thank you and be well and happy yourself my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  16. Oh my Ralph you never do things by halves.. 🙂 a leak then not one but Two hornets nests.. Glad the they didn’t succeed.. and hope now your plumber has sorted out the problem..
    Take care of yourself.. and thank you again for making me smile
    Love and warm hugs your way
    Sue xxx

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  17. You had quite the weekend! I especially loved the water bottle temporary fix. I thought those kinds of repairs were relegated to Mexico. Next time I have something go wrong here, I will think of your leak. I sympathize with your atm/money woes. We have had to do lots of workarounds here too. When we first got to Mexico, money was frozen due to U.S. requirements on the banks here. It took the banks about a month to do figure out how to “cooperate” with new U.S. laws. Your mural in the clouds was awesome. Have a great week!

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    • Hi Linda. 🙂
      Thank you so much for commenting. I really must apologise for taking so long in replying. You won’t believe it, but another disaster has ruined my blogging time. Tell all about it in my next post. Should be a fun read ! Oh boy !
      Wow ! Mexico ! I spent a short time there in 1986 so I do understand 😉
      Take care and stay safe. Ralph xox ❤

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  18. Money and plumping, Ralph, two things that seem to fall apart with age. And goodness, you have enough pets, don’t adopt any hornets! Hope things are going better, my friend. 😀

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    • Thanks for your wonderful comment Diana.
      I wish ! Another fun disaster post coming up next Friday. Oh boy !
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  19. Your blog is the only place I know where there can be a cat with a wet bum, money, and a mural all in the same post!! 😉 Hahaha Ralph, love you!!

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  20. I missed all the excitement. Love the clever water bottle solution but too bad the hornets hadn’t packed it with mud. ;). Stay safe in your crazy corner! 8)

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    • Late again I see ! 🙂

      You could be right dear Katie. Hornets !

      Maybe it was them pulling the money back into the ATM and chewing on the hot water pipe. Well that’s mud in your eye !

      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • lol.
      Hi Liz. 🙂
      My hands !! Poor Sonic cat ! He loves it really 🙂
      I may have to get another pile of euros which you will see why in Friday’s post.
      Take care my friend.
      Ralph xox ❤


    • Hah ! No way. Not here. My local general store is still in the 1950s. Nothing electronic. Checkout is a pen and exercise book. They do have “tick”,a book with amounts owed by customers who had no money on them at the time. One woman owed €600, I paid off half for her one Christmas.
      So, no cash back here Charlotte.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  21. I have not seen a hornet’s nest before – very strange things. Giving money back to the bank was a funny concept until I read about why – hope your hands get better.

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    • Hi Sandra 🙂
      The nests are made of mud and are easily made by the hornets as there are irrigation water channels all around and two flow under my house.
      I hope my hands get better too as I never know what they will get up to next. lol.
      Have a lovely Sunday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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