It’s been a really tough week, overshadowed by the death of Eric, our beloved guinea pig.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 35 – Sunday 4th February – I’d been worrying about Eric for about a week and feeding him in the kitchen. After eating well for a few days, he’d stopped eating, so I took him to the vet. I was given the devastating news that he was very poorly and would need to be put down. I took him home and put him on the grass with Wilfred. They don’t go on the grass between November and February because it’s too damp and cold for them, but I figured it couldn’t do any damage at this stage. He loved being there and ate a lot.
Day 36 – Monday 5th February – a long and horrible day, counting down the hours until I had to take Eric to the vet. I managed an hour’s work, but couldn’t do any more. I just kept holding Eric and crying. This is a last photo with my daughter before she set off for school.
Day 37 – Tuesday 6th February – I managed a few hours’ work, which I actually enjoyed, but I burst into tears seven or eight times during the day. I was in bits when I looked at a guinea pig breeder’s website and saw all those lovely tiny, furry guinea pigs. It snowed in the afternoon and evening, but didn’t settle. You can just about make it out here.
Day 38 – Wednesday 7th February – I only burst into tears three or four times, so that’s an improvement! I’m very proud of the way my eldest and particularly my daughter have stepped up to help Wilfred get over Eric. He’s getting a lot more attention now he’s all on his own.
Day 39 – Thursday 8th February – work has got a lot busier this week and it looks like it’s going to be even busier for half-term, not ideal, but that’s life as a freelancer. This is life as a freelancer too. I won’t put the heating on when there’s only me at home, but it does get very cold!
Day 40 – Friday 9th February – my mum knows how much Eric means to me, and she also knows I love daffodils. She brought these round just after I’d taken Eric on his final journey. They’re looking at their absolute best now(although apologies for the sideways picture, my laptop is in for repair and I’m really struggling to edit anything!).
Day 41 – Saturday 10th February – my husband always says he doesn’t see the point of the guinea pigs, or pets in general, but he’s been a great support to me (and Wilfred!) this week. He bought this for me to put locks of Eric’s hair in. His hair was three colours and I cut off a little bit of each colour.
Here’s hoping for a more cheerful week next week.
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