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>Are there some things its better not to know?


There are some things, like Pandora’s box, which you should never open because you can never go back.

Once you’ve taken the step across wherever that line is, you’re stuck on the other side and have to live with the consequences.

We’ve had a few issues with our neighbouring farmer, not least that his dogs have killed a couple of our chickens (surely one chicken is accidental, two chickens is please find a way to control your dogs?).  And we’ve been finding rubbish in our barns closest to our gate and given we’re not here all day, every day, were curious as to what might have happened.

Which I think is where most normal, sensible people would have left it.

But not Mr Muddling.

He’s a techno-freak, a geek, the man for whom there is no issue that can’t be resolved by finding a bit of techy kit to sort it out.

So he spent last weekend installing a motion activated camera to overlook our gate.

Which on paper is great – if things do go missing, rubbish is dumped, chickens become dog food, we will at least have some indication as to who was responsible.

But then he started sending me emails (yes he’s getting the pictures sent to his email …) saying ‘oh look Super Nanny has left’, ‘Super Nanny has come back’, ‘the post man has been’ and so on.

Harmless stuff.

That is until I got home and had the usual evening catch up with Super Nanny.  And she didn’t mention her trip out during the morning* which I now knew had happened.

I’m stuck wondering if she’s hiding something from me or if there’s a problem I should have known about or if she’s secretly just driving the girls around the back roads rather than interacting with them in an educationally appropriate manner.

Do you hear that noise?  Yes, that’s the sound of my fragile confidence in my childcare shattering into a million pieces and my ability to go to work with it.

And breathe.

So I’ve now asked Mr Muddling to not send me any pictures of who or what is doing things in the proximity of our gate.

Which turns out to be fortunate because the settings aren’t right yet and he’s getting sent an email to let him know there’s something moving out there every time a bird flies past – it appears we have a family of blue tits that are living just above where he put the camera and now inhabit the bird equivalent of the Big Brother House!

BREAKING NEWS rain appears to trigger it too!

*incidentally it turned out to be totally innocent and she had mentioned it in her daily write up of what they’d been up to

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14 comments to >Are there some things its better not to know?

  • TheMadHouse

    >You ould be supprised, my FIl has them all over the farm, as they got sick of vandelsim and kids being terrors. They havent stopped it, but they do mean the police can do something about it

  • The Dotterel

    >Ooooh, tricky! In general I'm a 'if-you-don't-like-knowledge-try-ignorance' person. Ignorance is never bliss. But there's also such a thing as too much information.

    Still, look on the bright side. You'll have your own 'Springwatch' nest to watch this year!

  • Louise

    >I think something like that would bring on paranoia for me too!

    I do hope that you get to the bottom of the stange going ons though.

  • Potential Mummy B

    >I'm a lifelong subscriber to the belief that ignorance is bliss! I like to trust people (as, it seems, do you) but having this kind of 'help' around could just undermine that trust for all the wrong reasons… but I do have to agree with your husband on needing to find out about the fly-tipping and chicken munching!!! A tricky balance!

  • Metropolitan Mum

    >But he didn't send you emails tilted 'it rains back home', or did he? 😉

  • auntiegwen

    >I still live in mummy denial land, only way I've survived nigh on decades of parenting, feck that makes me sound old !

  • Jen

    >lol and lol again, but I understand completely. I would have been wondering too and it is so easy to fall into the paranoia thing, too easy in fact:) Jen.

  • Mwa

    >Freaky thing to do! I think I would love it and sit watching it all day. So I really get what your husband is doing. But I also get the concept of too much information. Funny, though.

  • Cheshire Mum

    >A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. You have to trust your trust and trust yourself to know if there is any issues with choldcare because you will know. You will. Cx

  • Muddling Along Mummy

    >Metropolitan Mum – um yes he did send emails (with pictures attached …) saying its raining at home. And lots of emails of the birds waving at the camera!

    I'm definitely happier in the ignorance is bliss camp – amazing how even harmless things can become an issue

    I've also mentioned to Super Nanny that it exists !

  • Heather

    >oh it is such a tempting thing, isn't it? I think i'd rather know…i think…or maybe not. Oh heck, I haven't a clue!

  • Hearth-mother

    >No, definitely best not to know, I think. And actually, I think if there was a camera on me all day I wouldn't come out looking like the best mum in the world…

  • It's a Mummys Life

    >hmm, good question. once you open this particular can of worms there's no knowing where it will lead and what sort of neurosis it will create. I can see it from a 'protecting your property' pov but it's a rocky road to monitor the nanny. you have to trust her I think. That's all we can do.

  • Anonymous

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    don't quit as well as keep writing seeing that it just worth to look through it.
    excited to browse a whole lot more of your current posts, have a pleasant day 😉

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