The Unexpected Happens

Autumn, as many of you have observed, is a beautiful season. The trees turn many shades of green-gold and brown: berries glisten in the morning dew. Like many of you,we like to go for a walk in the evening while we still have the chance and take in the beautiful scenery around us. So, once again, we set off for a stroll yesterday evening, pointing out this and that and generally winding down after the day. All well and good and lovely.

We past a post and ducked our heads under some low lying branches and as I raised my head I heard a loud buzzing in my left ear. I shook my head but it continued unabated. Raising my hand I tried to encourage the intruder to move to more productive feeding ground when I felt a sharp stinging sensation. Obviously the wasp didn’t like to be bossed around and hurried and was quite happy to let me know. Within  a short while my ear went a deep red, began to swell and I felt slightly clammy and a bit odd. Given that the wasp was uninvited this all seemed a bit unreasonable but it didn’t hang around long enough to debate the matter.

Off to the chemist we went got some antihistamine tablets and cream before returning home. Not much of a walk really. That’s life though. You never quite know whats round the corner: sometimes it’s good and some times its inconvenient. As I always say it could be worse.


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23 Responses to The Unexpected Happens

  1. …not that you were stung! Just your gentle, philosophical approach to life…


  2. Ouch! But as you said, often good to think – it could be much worse!


  3. Larry Lilly says:

    That story brings back memoires of bees. Fall brings out yellow jackets that dart around the late sun looking for the last nectar for honey. We go camping a lot during the fall as the heat in Texas is dreadful for man and beast until at least mid to late septmber. We can camp thru mid december, then shut it down, resume in late february and go till late may. When we camp, we stay at a park for 3 – 5 days and we use a vinyl table covering while there. We used to get the inexpensive kinds, last for one fall and one spring season then we would get a new one for the following year. Through direct observation we found out that yellow jackets can see some colors but not all. We bought a set of 3 two years ago and they were identical, a design of colored flowers on a white background, with the flowers one color. The first one we used was red. Attracted lots of bees. After just two campouts we switched to the yellow one. Ditto, in fact more bees than the red. So after just one day of using the yellow one we tried the blue, it was the goldilocks moment, they werent attracted to the blue flower designs. Now when we buy new ones, we only buy blue, and if none are to be found, we dont get any.


  4. Surrey gal says:

    Some people have died from being stung by a bee or a wasp, so yes, it could be much worse 🙂


  5. Caroline says:

    OUch – hope you’re on the mend! How’s the wasp!!


  6. says:

    It could have gone better too! What a shame. Hope you are taking care of yourself. I say drink hot tea but that’s my cure all for everything. 🙂



  7. I hope you are doing alright today. I completely understand though, because this week I was allergic to something I ate and I still have no idea what it was. I had to get some antihistamine medicine and been taking it ever since. I hope you are doing better today 🙂


  8. —Ducky,
    that “”Wasp”” comes in many different costumes :)) x
    Ps. Take care yourself.


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  10. Kirri White says:

    I have to be honest….for some reason I find myself giggling. A lot. Im not happy you are hurt and I know bee stings can be very serious for some people but I keep getting this image of you wiggling your head around and well….thats just funny! Sorry. My bad 🙂


  11. Ouch! You are much too kind to that wasp! I suspect it’s the gentlemen in you…


  12. Big Al says:

    The fact that this happened around some branches makes me wonder if it might have been a nest or hive. It’s good that only one was confrontational . Heal well.


  13. nelle says:

    *hugs* Wow… guess the creature was looking for a new place to nest. What a place to sting, owoochee!


  14. backonmyown says:

    That’s terrifying. I’m glad you’re okay. Stings on the face or head can be be very dangerous.


  15. ElizOF says:

    Yikes! That bugger wouldn’t let go, eh? Hope you’re on the mend and thankfully, you took care of the swelling before it got out of hand. Life, full of endless surprises… 😦


  16. Just stopped by to thank you for stopping at my other blog. I am sorry your got bit. Sometimes life brings us “little pests” to distract us from something else. Wondering how on earth you got bit.


  17. redheadmouth says:

    A friendly walk turned destructive!


  18. Catherine says:

    “Given that the wasp was uninvited this all seemed a bit unreasonable but it didn’t hang around long enough to debate the matter.”
    LOL 🙂 I was stung by a bee the other day and ended up sick to my stomach for hours. Didn’t know a bee sting could do that! Wish I’d thought to take an antihistimine because it was so so so itchy!


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