A Curious Mystery

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ~ Albert Einstein

This weekend over on Weekly Prompts , the site I share with GC, the Photo Challenge is Mysterious!

This is my personal response to our challenge.

A few days ago, I returned home to find a car, one I didn’t recogniseparked near the front door. I had a quick look around outside, couldn’t see anyone so assumed it must have been left here by a colleague of my daughter or son-in-law (they live here too, next door), perhaps they had driven off together.

A few minutes later I returned to the car, took a photograph and sent it to my daughter. A return message said neither of them knew anything about the car.

Mysterious car

Another message told me to look back at the CCTV footage. Good idea, but it’s a few years since I’d needed to do that and anyway I now had a new receiver. I was tired, cold, and hungry and I wasn’t in the mood for reading a set of instructions and fiddling about with the new CCTV box. A little later I checked the car, it was still there, an hour or so passed and on checking again, I found it had gone.

I rang the farmer who rents my land to ask if any of the lads had parked a car here – No joy there. Next, I rang my neighbour at the farm behind ours, still no joy. 

During the evening my son-in-law slipped in to have a look at the CCTV footage, eventually, with instructions read and absorbed (I really ought to do that) he located the required time-slots we needed to see.  

First, a white van pulled up and the driver unloaded a set of ladders and a bucket. “The window cleaner!” we said in unison. Then along came our mystery car. We recognised the driver immediately it was the owner of the window cleaning company! He unloaded more ladders and another bucket from the white van.

Finally with the windows cleaned, both men sat in the black car and ate their lunch. After depositing lunch bags into our dustbin, both men climbed into the white van and drove off! All in all the mystery car was parked here for four hours.

Mystery solved, but surely the polite thing would have been to leave a note.

The time wasn’t entirely wasted, my daughter and son-in-law have finally installed the CCTV App on to their phones, something they’ve been meaning to do since I installed the replacement system a few months ago. 

The App allows us to view real-time on our phones or iPad which is useful when away from home, but to view previous footage, we need to access the receiver box and screen.


This photo challenge was initially named Curiosity, until we remembered that Gerry had written a previous word-prompt with the same title, so with that in mind I’ve included a little extra.



Cream carpets in every room apart from my kitchen isn’t as bad as one might imagine. Except for the hallway, and whose ridiculous idea was that… erm I think it was mine!!  

The other day, as a temporary measure, and because I was expecting four of my youngest grandchildren (all under four) to come bounding through the porch door at any moment, I stuck down a sheet of clear polythene in front of the door. The idea being the children (and parents) would side-step onto a small rug and take off their outdoor shoes.

Credit where credit’s due, Woody always shows an interest in what is happening around him. He sat close by and watched intently while I carefully stuck down the plastic. As I walked away, I realised he was still sat in the hallway, and was staring curiously at the piece of polythene. Just look at that furrowed brow, I wonder what he was thinking?

The cows were also a little curious, seen here lining up and watching my son-in-law (just out of shot) as he worked in the side paddock. Woody is on the far left, watching them watching him!

Watching you watching me

© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 – Photo Challenge Mysterious from Weekly Prompts

Also linked to Fandango’s one word prompt Credit



6 thoughts on “A Curious Mystery

  1. I love the photo of Woody and the plastic. “Is it alive?” My dogs used to bark and bark at anything new. Heaven forbid a plastic shopping back blew against the fence in our back yard!! My cats are so blasé….nothing phases them.

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    1. Hi Selina, I thought it was very cheeky of him to use our home as a car park, especially as there’s a public one in the village and only a couple of minutes drive away. 🙂

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  2. Being such a superior looking dog, he was probably thinking ”what is this silly woman doing now?”,, and as for the cattle he was probably thinking ”which one of you will be in my dinner bowl first”

    Beagles are pretty smart like that WOOF 🐶🐾🐶🐾🐶

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