Find My Phone
Early last Wednesday morning, team Highclere each carried a tearoom chair across to the front of the marquee to gather in a circle under the new awning there. It is a good place to have a meeting with great views but we tend not to dally too long as it is only partially sheltered from the English mizzle plus it can get slightly breezy. The meeting is all about checklists and trying to ensure no one assumes someone else is doing something. Lacking a table, however, I tucked my cappuccino down by the leg of my chair and balanced my phone in a convenient flower pot.
An hour later, of course, I could not find my phone. Through experience, I have learnt it is better to immediately stop and retrace my steps straightaway and everyone is very kind, long-suffering and helps me by dialling my number. Geordie is, as usual, simply annoyed and sounded just like the grumpy TV character Victor Meldrew (from the programme “One Foot in the Grave”). Nevertheless, he went to check some obvious places, Hannah tried the office, Matthew was in the Saloon and Luis tried a few jokes. I do not really mind being without a phone except that now I post the Instagram for the Castle, it is less of a laughing matter yet again to have mislaid it.
I had thought I had already checked the flower pot but after borrowing a phone to walk round dialling the wretched thing, rather like the memory game of Pelmanism, I found I had checked the wrong flower pot and there it was, nestled amongst the petunias, in a different flowerpot. It has a bright case which works well on furniture in the Castle but less well amongst flowers. Geordie threw his hands up in despair and retired to his office again.
Recently we have been using my phone to film for both Channel 5 and Viking TV. It is therefore often on silent and may have been in strange places. One rather embarrassing time recently I could not find it and in fact it was, in fact, switched to silent and under all the papers on my desk. It also ends up in the dog food sacks, balanced on walls and fence posts as I say hello to a horse, or in the chicken shed somewhere.
One of the main practical points is that there is not much signal or any Wifi in the Castle, so even if the phone is somewhere relatively sensible, it may well not ring. Sometimes, in order to get a signal, I am to be found leaning out of a window or standing on a desk in Sally’s stock room.
The other challenge, of course, is the issue of whether it is charged (or not) and therefore likely to be able to ring. Finally, as Geordie often points out, there is the fact that I don’t always have my mobile with me so it is, in fact, an immobile mobile.
When I go out on a ride the phone does come with me but is turned off so it does not spook the horse. One Friday evening (last year!) friends were coming down from London for supper and to stay the weekend. Obviously, I could not find my phone and was feeling panicked as all the phone numbers were in it in case I needed to call. Eventually I realised the horse and I had proceeded in a rather enthusiastic manner through the last field back to the stables (the field in the first top photo) and there was just the off chance it might be there. It was by now dark and Luis kindly came with me using the car headlights whilst we used a phone app to make it make a noise. I was so lucky Luis heard it and found it and that it was not yet wet and the battery was just about gone. As usual, Geordie was saying I don’t believe it….
He then asks me to give the phone to him for safe keeping but then he of course cannot find me for better or worse.
Lady Carnarvon, Cell phones, you cannot live with them but you cannot live without them! The top photo of the different colors of trees and the sheep is superb photography. With kind thoughts, Cheryl
My husband took that photo last autumn !
looks like much of our shanadoah national part in the fall,
This is just so funny, and I love how relatable you are. Wish I could have met you during our visit to the Castle last summer. Maybe next time.
Lady Carnarvon absolutely is. My sisters and I were so lucky to meet her when we visited June 2018. We all were so taken with her kind and down to earth attitude. I was so touched when she was talking about artifacts from the American soldiers who died there during the war that were found on the property and she
actually shed a few tears in the telling! You will have to go back again!
Thank you for this it makes me feel normal! Especially the part of driving through the field with the headlights on trying to find the crazy phone! I recently had to do that at a wedding. I was sure I had dropped it as we walked back to the car. Halfway across the field my husband told me to get back in the car the phone was in the floorboard on silent but vibrating!
That is so funny..
My children have my number in their speed dial, to help hasten the recovery!
My son is more patient and less grumpy than my husband!!!!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
Thank you for your delightful, funny, and relatable post! Made my Monday a little easier to face. Highclere Castle should create its own app to locate missing phones.
Enjoyed the photos, especially the changing leaves on the trees in the Fall shot.
Hope to hear from you. If not, until next Monday, may you and the Highclere Castle team have a productive and successful week.
Keep calm and store cell phones in your pockets.
Often don’t have pockets!
You reminded me of one of the times I lost mine. I found it the next day in my lunch bag, in the refrigerator. Oh well, it was time for a new one.
Great story. Thanks for sharing and brightening everyone’s day
Thank you so much!
Once again, technology makes our lives easier. Have a beautiful week!
Made me laugh out loud!
Been there, done that, continue to do that. I keep losing my phone, and since I am widowed and live alone, it is a terrifying thought of not finding the phone. In case, I lost it the other day at a local park. Strangers rang my phone so that I could locate it. It was in the boot of the car???!!!
Yes! So much so that I have tailored a deeper pocket into two neutrally-coloured long waistcoats to wear over my work-blouses. If I take the entire waistcoat off it’s easier to find than a wee device, and has the advantage of not holding the phone right against my body, which might not be healthy. In olden days they would hang essentials in a bag from a belt, if you haven’t got a long waistcoat it’s either that or a sporran!
Thank you for all your blogs, you sound a very normal lady – phones are wonderful until you lose them!
If it isn’t the phone it’s my glasses! Twas a terror fiction opener for my day!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
You are quite the comic. Your phone antics made me laugh on this fine Monday morning. Thank you for putting a smile on the faces of this blog community. I do empathize with you. Sometimes I think someone should invent phone on a rope like they did soap on a rope. It would make keeping up with the mobile so much easier.
Hoping you have a wonderful week.
Hello Lady Carnarvon
Lost phones are the bane of my life it seems and I don’t even use one!
My husband puts his down and can’t remember where, a phone call from one of my daughters “did I leave my phone at your place”, “Mum would you check on the seat in your car to see if my phone is there”……..and these things are repeated over and over again. My suggestion to get a clip on the side of the phone case so you can clip it onto your belt has fallen on deaf ears or even have someone put a loop on the side of the phone so you can attach a thin cord to hang around you neck. Meanwhile I shall stay the keeper of everyone else’s phone…………..mine sits on my desk and is only switched on and taken with me if I drive to town…..(I live out of town and its carried in case I break down etc).
Your husband looks very comfortable leaning on the bar and very unlike Victor Meldrew. Was he doing quality control on the Gin perhaps? (well……someone has to do it). Only a man of great wisdom would say you have an imobile mobile and then suggest you give it to him. How could he contact you if he had the phone?
Love your autumn colored trees in the top picture, I am waiting to see my Liquid Amber tree bloom this year, living in a cold climate we have lots of orange and yellow leaves in autumn.
Keep smiling despite losing sight of your phone now and then, a search party would be sent out if you dropped out of sight.
I get the hands in the air, the rolled eyes and The Look too. My grown kids and kids in law join the “Oh really, Mother!”gang. I never remember to charge it, “just put it on charge every night”; why?I dont use it often. I hate the thing. I do have a little ‘Tile’ not on my phone but on my wallet with all my cards for healthcare, banks, Amex etc.. it gives me the location..(mostly my home address!). It is useful, especially when travelling.if it is stolen it tells me where it is. I should have another Tile for my glasses, my tablet, pens, paper, everything, really! I hope the lockdown ends soon…so many are suffering, especially anyone who depends on tourism.
I do not think it is possible to understand the consequences yet…
Dear Lady Carnarvon, This post brought a huge smile to my face. Busy hands and mind does not help in keeping up with items needed for our daily tasks. I too lay down the phone or ( gardening gloves ) to smell a beautiful bloom only to walk away and leave behind items needed. And yes, the look I get from my husband is priceless. So wonderful to open your post each Monday morning and start my busy with a chuckle or thoughtful note.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
the cocktails are indeed very restorative! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit last Wednesday, and as we stocked up on Highclere gin got two very nice cocktails courtesy at the above shown bar. My husband doesn’t drink so I had to man up and drink two, the “Highclere Classic” was delicious and the “Upstairs” was pretty good too. I may attempt to mix a “Butler” myself, failing that come back for another visit.
I should think you would need a GPS tracker to find a lost ‘phone there! Very lucky you found it.
It was good to see so many people having a lovely day.
Thank you for visiting ..I always mean to figure out a tracker
Oh my gosh! Your lost phone story was so funny! Our lives are on those phones. I have a GPS tracker and one time when I lost my phone the tracker said that my phone was in a field next to a very busy highway. Maybe someone had found it and then threw it out there. Of course it was dark so we got out the flashlight (torch) to search. We gave up and decided to go back to the movie theater where we had been earlier. Thank goodness it was there. It’s the pictures I would hate to lose. So glad your story turned out well. Now if I could just find the keys to the car…
I do not know many phone numbers any more!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
My deepest empathy regarding the phone! I understand.
If you have not already, may I recommend trying a tiny crossbody or waist iPhone case, bag, or purse?
I use a pretty one when working at a client site or tuck a small practical one close (and safe!) to my body under a tunic top or athleisure wear for other activities. I have several in basic colors, plus a recent appealing little red Gucci mini bag acquisition, just the right shape and size for carrying my phone, a credit card, a pretty mini pen, and small notepad (and maybe a lipstick) that I found half price on sale!
Wearing the phone-on-a-string has become such a habit that I feel incomplete without it now, so I am never going off without it.
Oh your mobile phone problem is so familiar. The young folks over here carry their mobile phone in their back pocket. I cannot do that because I do not usually choose clothes with back pockets as I do not need anymore bulk back there and if I did have back pockets and put my phone in one I would probably sit on my phone and break it. I tried carrying it in a little bag but that got in the way. How did we get so attached to that little phone?
I know, isn’t it odd?
LOL, your story reminds me of all the times I have misplaced mine. Now I’ve finally learned my lesson. If I’m wearing something without a pocket, I place it in my bra. I did that the one time I went to Italy and was pretty handy since I knew the pickpockets couldn’t steal it from there. I also found this one item on a Facebook ad called a Fitbelt and I wear it when I’m out exercising and it holds my phone, iPod, keys, etc…..Good Luck Lady Carnarvon.
I feel your pain! This happens to me all the time.
Amazon sells a silicon based lanyard….for about $20.00 CDN….maybe not such a bad idea…..
Perfect material for a remake of the film IT’s A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD.
Thought your phone was finally going to be found in the coffee cup.
Now the serious stuff. You need to get yourself a bright coloured case. Mine is bright green. Red or orange would be just right for you.
Highclere’s new game, not Hunt the thimble. but find M’Lady’s Mobile. Finder gets a bottle of gin discount voucher.
Next installment, find the lost wedding ring maybe. Or if Lady Mary gets out, find Lady Mary.
Carry on Calamity.
I do have bright colours..
I always look forward to your Monday email! Last week I left my phone at two different places. I too realize it was b/c I was just carrying it by itself (it’s normally in my purse). Maybe we should make a fashion comeback with the fanny pack or maybe I should carry one of the many crossbody purses that I have and don’t use! Have a great week and God Bless!
I have been accused many times of not switching my phone on….much to the annoyance of my husband especially. I admit I am not a great fan of them…except for taking photos. We visited Highclere today and even though it is a stormy day enjoyed a great walk around the gardens and I took many photos. The wildflower meadow is beautiful as always. I also purchased a copy of At Home at Highclere ….it has some wonderful pictures and recipes. I will enjoy reading it whilst wearing my Ladyship tshirt. Thank you and your team .
Your posts always make me smile. This one hit close to home since my phone is always silenced and I’m forever losing it! Thank you for this blog. It’s a bit sad here in the US, so I look forward to it! Stay safe and enjoy your summer.
I also have issues with losing or misplacing my phone–so I am empathic with you dilemma. As much as the modern technology has enriched our lives, it can also make it a challenge. But a cocktail after it was found would have definitely been in order..
Hello. I put my mobile down all the time. Then I can’t find it. I then call it from my landline and success. I should be more careful.
Gives me a morning chuckle! Thank you from outside Chicago! Unfortunately I’ve gotten so attached to mine … it’s like a second hand – but living away from family (us in Illinois & them in Minnesota) it’s a real necessity, especially now. I’ve been required to learn all the new ways of phone chatting with them, including saving our great grandson’s fotos and visiting via messenger or FaceTime… but my favorite is still sharing cooking ideas & finished product fotos via text with the kids & friends! Like others, I’m so much a fan of pockets … then I can tuck it here or there. Thank goodness many important numbers & addresses are backed up … and thank goodness we have fun phone technology keeping us connected (and busy).
Thank you for bringing us chuckles and we’re all looking forward to your many blogs and next round of Viking.TV …
Thank you so much!
Thanks for a Monday smile on not only my face, but also my husband’s when I read your post at breakfast! Many of us have ‘lost phone’ stories that are funny and hopefully end well. Mine is when I spent an hour worrying about where I had misplaced or lost the phone, and hubby was at his office so I couldn’t ask him to call the darn thing. I finally went to sit down. It was in my back pocket. Oh well. I didn’t tell him.
Dear Lady Carnarvon, i know the problem well, i to am always losing my phone. But i found the answer. When i was at Highclere, i bought a ipad case, which you no longer carry, in your gift shop, but should definitely bring back, and i now carry my phone and ipad in the same case, with the phone on vibrate . Haven’t lost either one yet. Just a thought. Desiree Creary.
I did like that case too! I am not sure why we don’t still have it!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Cell phones are a wonderful thing to have to make our lives easier, and I believe everyone has an experience of trying to locate a mislaid cell phone.
I take my phone with me when I take the lady in the fur coat out for a walk. She looks very much like the larger of your two helpers, but for her honey-colour. I bought a very inexpensive bag with four pockets and an adjustable strap. One pocket is for house keys, one for the cell phone, one for tissue, and one for bags in case she makes a solid deposit somewhere.
Perhaps something similar would work for you as you are so active.
Thank you the lovely photos and I’m glad that you are always able to find the phone.
Dear Lady Carnarvon, Playing hide and seek with your phone is a constant diversion even in these days of limited range. I recently saw an ad for a wallet/purse with a phone pocket featuring a clear touch screen so the phone can be used in all modes while still in its pocket. Brilliant! Have an unexciting, smooth-running week!
Thank you so much
Hello from Kansas! I adore your posts! They are often educational and inspiring and, as with the post today, they make me smile! They are a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle and all that tugs at my heart strings! Thank you for doing what you do! You are a blessing!
My Children simply shake their heads and start looking. I’d be lost without them!
Another perfect example of how much we humans have in common. A lost phone, mine to be exact, is almost a daily occurrence around here. I’m forever laying it down somewhere, usually somewhere in the garden. Like your husband, mine gets terribly annoyed as he just can’t comprehend how I manage it. He just doesn’t understand that many of my clothes do not have the pockets that his pants do. So, good luck the next time this happens; hopefully you find it quickly.
Love the fall photo. Was this taken with your cell phone? I love how your husband wants to keep your phone for safe keeping. Mine would loose it in his hand. LOL. Have a great day.
Lady canarvon tell me how many wife’s have a Victor meldrew.quite a few but if a man looses his phone he didn’t leave it their ha ha best wishes alice
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
This has just made me laugh out loud! I thought I was the only person who ‘mislays’ my phone on a regular basis. I’ve even been known to be hunting everywhere for mine when, in fact, I’ve been holding it in my hand! Oh the joys of technology…can’t live without it and, at times, it’s difficult to live with it.
We had a wonderful day when we visited last Tuesday. Such a lovely experience.
I am so glad, thank you for visiting
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Wow… it IS nice to feel normal! I have done the same thing many times…and may I add car keys and eyeglasses to the list? I find each incites their own form and level of panic… all requiring one or more “restorative cocktails” no matter what time of day.
Assuming you have an iPhone, may I suggest you look into the “Find my iPhone” app. It gives you a map and blinks the location of your phone or iPad. Works well here in the U.S. and I hear it works in the UK. My only consolation in this twisted form of “hide and seek” is that my husband loses his more than I do. So after crawling under furniture and checking the car six times(because he’d rather do that than use the app) it is usually found under papers on his desk or under the TV remote….thereby sending ME-
rolling my eyes and muttering – to the bar first!
My son works for Elon Musk…maybe we should look into getting Highclere it’s own dedicated satellite… those are harder to lose!
Have a wonderful day!
I never know any passwords!!! So I can never get into apple to find it..
I had a good and understanding laugh reading this! My solution is a fishing vest – has multiple pockets for my phone, my glasses case, a hanky, a little plastic baggie with treats for whichever critters I come across. Plus I can put it on vibrate and know when a call or text comes but not spook said critters.
I love to start the day by laughing! Thank you! My son, who is 43, is always misplacing his car keys, wallet, and most often his phone. I watch my grandchildren while mom and dad work, and I occasionally forget my phone when I leave. When I turn around and go back to get it, one of my granddaughters is usually on the porch holing the phone up, waving it at me! Love getting an extra hug and kiss as she hands it to me! Have a wonderful day, Lady Carnarvon!
Dear Lady Carnarvon, my dear, I’m afraid I’m one up on you, as I can’t count the times I have walked around my house, searching for my phone WHILE I was on it! They call it chemo brain for a reason. Cancer: the gift that keeps on giving! Giggle! Have to laugh!
This must be a universal problem as I continually have to ring myself in my rather small house! Your story made me laugh and feel so much better about my own lost phone episodes.
Yes phones and eye-glasses. One day I will remember not to put black items on black surfaces. Your flower pot matching phone is much prettier! Love this blog. Very confirming and comforting to have all these new friends who understand our problems.
Thank you so much, I love my Monday blog family.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I too frustrate my husband and family with either not having my phone turned up, off or have laid it down somewhere. I have scared myself silly because it is so easy for people that are not so kind, to hack and use the contact list etc…
I have experienced many an eye roll, grumpy reluctance to help look , hands in the air etc.
It appears there are a great many people , in more than one country, that experience the absent minded phone disorder. Lol lol .
Fear not , you are in good company. Busy minds and people often lose track of things, time and energy to be fair.
If you find a cure, feel free to share. Thousands will be grateful.
You’ll be getting a zillion responses of this post, here’s another one!
In a large store, with numerous parcels, I staggered to the car and drove home. Putting everything way, eventually I could not find my phone. Panic, as it’s my life -phone, emails, addresses, apps etc. Frantically on my computer, I emailed my son
and on his third phone call to the Customer Service at the store, the receptionist, after being given the description said it had been handed in! Considering there were several hundred people in the store (before Covid 19)I thought there really are some good people around these days.
That is amazing!
Having used the Find My IPhone app often, I have expanded my phone-finding apparatus to Tiles, as well. I’ve discovered my phone in closed drawers and on window sills and under papers and books so often. Alas, that dying battery or silenced status almost defeats me. Still-here we are-with the phone in hand, found again!
Lol, my complete sympathy about misplacing your cell; I do that also, along with scissors and painters tape and tape measures, and another handful of things I commonly use but tend to put down absentmindedly. I usually buy multiples of everything but the cell so that I’ll have a better chance of finding at least one of them when I’m turning in circles in need of a pair of scissors or a tape measure.
The cell, that’s another matter… I sometimes accuse my almost-teen daughter of moving it when I know very well it was me, in the equivalent of losing my specs on the top of my head. Of course, when I do finally track it down, there will sometimes be a whole new slew of wacky selfies that the aforementioned daughter has decided to snap since she can get to the camera without the security code. 🙂
Have a great week, and cheers from over here in Summerville, SC.
Your story made me laugh. I have a friend who also misplaces her phone frequently. Perhaps a crossbody phone holder would be helpful since you are out and about outside a lot.
Greetings from Fort Worth, Texas! I have an embarrassing moment to share. My gardening pants have deep pockets so that is where I park my phone while weeding, repotting, etc., but the weight of the phone drags down that side of my pants. While dead-heading a very tall rose bush, my pants fell down to the ground. My underwear was in the wash, so I was “going commando.” Luckily, there was no one around to see this spectacle, at least to my knowledge. Oh well. My profound statement of the day: I may not always wear panties, but I always wear lipstick.
I completely sympathise. I am totally useless and lose, damage and drown mobile phones regularly.
Only last week l ‘misplaced’ mine after retrieving it from my rucksack at the foot of Helvellyn to try and call my friend, who’s sense of direction is appalling and had ended up walking to the end of Thirlmere… unnecessarily (perhaps not the best person to walk fells with..?). No signal – obviously, so pointless exercise anyway and now £425 worse off as I didn’t pick it up off the grass after an ensuing comfort break (I know, too much information)!
To be fair, it’s usually hound pups that destroy mine during late night snuggles in their kennel… Only to be found next morning. A chewed up slab of disaster!!
Don’t beat yourself up about often losing them though. It’s probably because you’re so busy juggling proceedings whilst remaining charming – a bit like a swimming swan… That’s my excuse
Did not have a chance to read all of the comments but I too have found myself “hunting for the phone”. I found that a passport holder (string around the neck-knotted to the appropriate length) with pouch for the phone does the trick. If u have an older Apple I-phone, stick it the pouch upside down and you can plug-in earbuds-that way, you can always take a call relatively hands free (after answering). Some pouches come with zippers or toggles for closure (although your phone may be too long to make this feasible). A custom pouch may be your best option. In a house ride, you can of course drop the pouch inside a coat or shirt to further ensure that the phone stays with you.
They made cell phone leashes, they clip around the phone and hang around your neck. Could solve your panicking about losing the phone going forward. Also not sure about British telecom but here in the states you can get a remote terminal or a cell phone booster placed in or near the building. Call you phone representative and ask why they can do. Ask if they know about airgig or airgain type of equipment.
We have tried boosters etc what will be will be!!
Oh my goodness I have a hard enough time finding my phone in my little castle, I can’t imagine misplacing it on your property. I think there is a product you can attach to your phone so you can have someone look for it on their phone with an app. I tend to leave my ringer on, so I can usually have someone call it so I can find it. However, if I’ve left it in the car out in the garage, then I’m out of luck. Your Geordie seems to have the same response to your lost phone that most husbands do. But my husband tends to leave his in the bathroom (so gross,) so he can’t give me that hard of a time when I misplace mine. On another note, it might only be 10:53 a.m. here in Texas, but that gin Mojito Lord Carnarvon is holding sure sounds good. Thanks for the weekly laughs and information. Can’t wait to visit again.
Luis’s cocktails are such a treat!
Oh my — I’m half way through a busy Monday morning here in WA state and truly appreciated the good laugh!!! My heart is breaking with news this morning that I’ll no longer be able to have the staff at the skilled nursing facility help connect me with my 92 year old mum who is across the country in Lancaster County, PA – due to limitations of time and staffing. It’s all rather complicated – but the door has cracked open for very tightly controlled and restricted in-person visits. However, with me in WA and mum there, and all the travel restrictions — 14 days quarantine before I’d be able to be with her – sitting far away with masks/ppe on and dear mum wondering who that is behind the PPE as her dementia worsens. Not to mention that all is rather fluid – regarding the in-person visits stopping if someone in the facility gets covid. All this to say that I appreciated your funny cell phone story. And I’m trying to FIND THE GOOD these days – so today I’m thankful for Internet ways to see my mom. I’ll round up friends to visit her and share photos / Zoom while they visit my mum on my behalf! What a strange world we live in now.
I am so sorry – I am sure we will get through it and be glad to look back on 2020
We are constantly searching for my husbands phone. His office, his car, under the sofa cushion, etc. this seems to be a universal problem and so very relatable.
Lady Carnarvon, you are so funny. I cannot begin to tell you how many pairs of reading glasses I have lost in my garden. I become so engrossed in whatever the task is at hand, that by the time I’ve noticed they are gone, it’s hopeless that they will ever be found. I carry my smart phone in my pocket at all times, except when I go to bed. Then it’s right there on the bedside table next to me.
It is heavy for pockets in the summer I find
Dear Lady Carnarvon, I am not roaming the grounds all day as you are, but what about a lanyard or cross body strap for your phone? The crossbody would allow you to wear your phone without having to hold it. Hope your reopening has been successful and you and your family are all well!
How funny! Thanks for the universal story of “Where’s my phone”? I have 2 cell phones because of my life requirements. My small one talks and will say the name of the caller or calling number. It’s quite funny when my dog recognizes a familiar name & tracks me down. She wants me to answer that call!
I remember being the 1st person in my family/friends to have a “mobile cellular phone” & the limited service that was available. I traveled throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana on a regular basis and was thrilled to have an emergency phone. That was its designation. I would still stop and use pay phones to call people, especially my mother.
Now, I have multiple computers, phones and the communication apps to “social distance” during this time of the pandemic. What a change from the young girl who grew up off-grid and can still remember the first phone we had installed(private line) for business only; that number is deeply engraved in my memory.
Thanks again for the funny reminder how we are one big family in this world of uncertainty. Have a wonderful week and may all your team + husband enjoy the brave new world of re-opening.
(P.S. My house’s structural rebuilding is complete.) Now, it’s time to sort through 250+ boxes of assorted belongings + whatever is over in storage! My accountant will be thrilled once I find all my business records.
They do proliferate
Thank you for brightening my day! As I was supposed to be visiting Highclere this week ( cancelled due to “the virus”) it is most welcome. I always look forward to your weekly posts which will need to suffice until travel is safe!
It will improve..
Lady Carnarvon If you have an I Phone “there’s an app for that!” It’s called Find My Phone! Spoken by ne who frequently misplaces her phone!!!
You do have to know the password to log in somewhere
Ahh Life in the 21st Century,
I have, at times, searched the house for the phone only to find it was in my back pocket, or you are on the phone chatting away and you suddenly feel panicked as to where your phone is and you are using it. I blame it on senior moment!!!
Happy belated Monday Morning!
Hello Monday Family and Lady Carnarvon. Goodness. You really struck a chord with this week’s blog! As others have said, the Cell Phone is a love/hate relationship. It has helped us keep in touch with our family scattered around the country. But it can be the greatest source of frustration ever. I can relate to almost every story told today. I’m sure we all can. Lord Carnarvon calls your phone the immobile mobile phone. Well, I have the dumbest smartphone ever. It is possessed. It makes changes to itself without telling me what it is doing. I attempt to use it and all of a sudden I have to enter a code to open it. Why??? I have three girlfriends who are only here in the winter. Yesterday we planned a video call so we can keep in touch. I set a reminder so I didn’t forget. I got ready 15 minutes early and sat in my sewing room and waited. And waited. And waited. It seems my phone decided I didn’t need to talk with my friends. It somehow switched off the app for the video call. I did not do it. Possessed. It is possessed.
I don’t know how I can be so attached to my phone and yet so often don’t know where it is. Your story is, oh, so familiar and I thank you for sharing with your usual good humour. My husband and children feel your Geordie and staff’s despair!
Lady Carnavon, it happens to all of us!
I don’t know what type of phone you have. I have an Apple. Maybe this will help:
Go to Settings, Under Accessibility, Audio/Visual, you can click on LED Flash for alerts, and Flash for Silent. Turn them both on.
When you call yourself from another phone, your lost phone will light up and flash! Mine is also set to vibrate when the phone rings. So with all 3 going at once, it is easier to find my phone.
Mary Grace Benko
Okemos, Michigan, USA
That sounds most useful
This particular cell phone/ wallet has changed my life. Unlike you, I very rarely carry my cell phone when I go out! Car keys that dangle from a small change purse that carries my shopping list and debit/ credit cards is all I leave with! I like to travel light however, a few times, I really did need my phone but alas, it was safe at home!!!
Then I saw these shoulder sling wallets on Facebook. You can slip your phone and a few other essentials in the purse but the phone sits behind a see through plastic cover that is sensitive enough for you to answer calls, skim through your grocery list and check emails without removing your phone from the pouch! Wow! Small, weightless and slings over whatever you are wearing but best of all, you can do your business without ever taking it off! My kids are sooo happy I am now wearing this everyday and everywhere so that I always have my device close by. Obviously, we are not the only ones that have misplaced or forget our phones!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Beautiful photo of Autumn colours, I did laugh reading this, I’m terrible with my phone, but just as bad with my glasses, I’m always misplacing them, and they are usually on my head, I’ve even had a cord bought for me, it was more like a necklace, but I got it caught and broke it, I’ve even sat on my glasses, the dog has even been know to pinch them, all good fun though. Have a great week.
I have lots of glasses!!!
I so enjoy reading your blog! I love how you are so open and easy to relate to. I have the same problems with my phone, can’t find it, etc. My husband finally bought me an Apple Watch. I get messages and can call and receive calls without my iPhone nearby. It has helped me not get in so much trouble!
Dear Lady Carnarvon, Are the trees really turning already? The top photo is delightful but I was reassured to read it was taken last year! The whole world is topsyturvy but surely it is still summer in England! I love your lost phone stories, how true all over the world. Here, the daffodils are blooming, the daphne running riot so long as we protect it from the wallabies and I am setting up my early morning tea tray, beautiful hand embroidered tray cloth and such lovely old fashioned English bone China, what a joy, God bless all the team and pin your phone to your shirt, just kidding, Heather Mills, Marysville
It is still summer -although the light is falling earlier
My three sons would chuckle every bit as much as I just did while reading about your phone challenges.
I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard, “Mom, why do you even HAVE a phone?”
However, it does sound much cooler to have lost it on a frisky horse ride back home than to have left it in my chicken coop!
My son patiently helps… and then to buy an even brighter cover..
I was worried your cell phone would turn up UNDER the car tires that went to search! It’s so nice to chuckle about those “little” things that temporarily cause panic, apparently for all of us!
Has anyone had a nightmare where you are trying (unsuccessfully) to get your cell phone to work?
Cheers from Virginia
Shelley, Yes! I was a kid the last time I had the “Phone Nightmare”. Except it wasn’t a cell phone, it was a rotary dial! And each and every time, I always messed up the LAST number during my desperation to frantically rotate the dial SEVEN times for some unknown contingency that would determine whether I lived or died…
Thank you Shelley, let’s hope there are no nightmares ahead.
I’ve purchased a slender..snug. “Fanny pack”. To keep it with me. And now, everyone will say eewwweee. But. Sometimes it goes straight to the bra. No, I don’t loan it. But I know it’s there. The vibration can give me quite a startle !!
I live alone and sure do wish my furry housemates could help in the search! Last odd spot was under the cover of one of the hives, I had been taking pictures. Luckily the girls didnt propolize it before I found it.
Greetings from St Joseph, Missouri (or “misery” as it is this very hot and humid season). Thank you for sharing your daily, human moments. I would be in a similar situation with my cell phone were it not for my “pocket on a string.” It’s a decorative cloth case that I expect was originally designed to hold reading glasses. It has a cord that fits nicely like a cross-body strap. It is exactly the right dimensions for my Android. I wear it pretty much all the time, which means that I have managed to turn it upside down on occasion. My saving grace on one occasion is that I have my husband in my directory under “Husband,” and a kind soul phoned him upon finding it in a parking lot last December.
This brought to mind the (first) time my daughter misplaced her first mobile phone. She was 13 and was delivering her newspapers during a particularly bleak winter morning when she came home in tears. Her phone was placed in her coat pocket and when she reached in for it, there it was, gone. I said, “right, come on” and off we went to retrace her steps through the neighbourhood. Two things were in our favour: 1) there was a foot of fresh snow on the ground, and 2) being 6 AM no one else was up yet. It was easy to retrace her steps and after about 10 minutes of trudging we saw a mobile phone-shaped hole in the snow! Oh happy day.
Boy do I have the T shirt, but I hate having been there and done that. I really do empathize. I know it is somewhat laughable to many, but it is no laughing matter to the person who is going through the experience. You seem to have come to terms with it and finally I think I have too, but misplacing a cell phone is extremely frustrating. Mobiles have in many ways uncomplicated our lives, but everything has a price. Good luck to both of us going forward.
I forgot to thank you for the reference to “One Foot in the Grave.” Thank you. I was in need of a new program. This is the second program hint I have received from you. Thanks again.
One Foot in the Grave is fun! Enjoy
That was hysterical…
Someone needs to conduct a study as to why husbands get so exasperated when we say, “have you seen my phone”?
Nor are husbands always completely perfect..
I use a crossbody cell phone holder when I’m in the yard or taking a walk. It’s made from a cute quilted fabric by the American company Vera Bradley. This helps me from losing my phone since I, too, have had to call my phone to locate it. You have such a large area to lose your phone so it must be a near panic experience each time!
Aloha and blessings,
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thanks for all your thoughtful and lovely posts. I live in Florida and truly enjoy your wonderful writings.
Lady Carnarvon, Your Instagram on the cedar of Lebanon is something to behold. A place to sit and think about nature and life. A peaceful time. Beautiful. Cheryl
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Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I enjoyed your missing phone blog because it reminds me of my husband. He loses his phone daily and it can be found in the most unusual places: in Ubers, home improvement stores, in the bed covers, under furniture, or under cushions. Never a dull moment here in NC.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Your cell phone experience(s) were very amusing.
When I was growing up – one always knew where to locate the family phone. On a wall or on a table stand! These days I have dragged into the 21st century.
Between today’s reliance on computers and Mobil phones it makes me long for the good old days.
Looking forward to hearing from you next.
Mr. Lloyd Kahan
I share your pain. However….I have recently solved my conundrum with a rather nice little cross body bag from Mia Tui bags.They have thought of everything for these ingenious and colourful little pouches- some of them also have bungee clips for your keys (yippee!) Now my phone can tell me how many “steps” I have completed …. and peace has once again returned to daily life 🙂
Love your blog! Love having it come into my email box!! Have you ever considered buying a cell phone lanyard? They come in all sizes and materials. Wear it around your neck! Great invention! Also good for car keys, etc.
Maybe you could invent a phone holster for safe keeping and quick draws. =)
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I can recall the days when phones could be found in predictable places, i.e. walls or desks or table stands. Oh how I long for the good old days.
My wife and I look forward to your next post.
Thank you for letting us in on the fact that even Ladies with grand houses do mundane things like everyone else, and loose their phones. I finally got a tracker, but in my case, put it on my cat since I was tired of loosing him in the house. However, it was designed to be a phone tracker, so on my app, which coincidentally is on my phone, my phone is named Mr Kitty. I believe, however, that if I found Mr Kitty but lost my phone, I can also backtrack from the device on his collar.
My husband also had a major phone incident recently without a happy outcome. He wears his on his belt in a case, and was on his way to visit a site in Iowa on his motorcycle, when he reached down to check under his jacket and both the phone and case were gone. He returned home to check, but it was nowhere to be found, so we spent the next two hours in a red corvette going 55 on I-80, hoping in vane to see it lying by the road. Long story short, he had a new one by the end of the day, but lost some of the unbacked photos and contacts which had not transferred to the cloud. It was old and he really needed a new one, but I keep thinking of the poor little phone lying in pieces in the long grass off the highway, and the case was cute.
Golly – he is safe at least!
Lady Carnarvon, On your Instagram, 150,000 followers is a lot of people. You will always have my support. The photos and messages are the best. Kind regards, Cheryl
You are so kind!
A very relatable tale for those of us who do not live for our phone but must live with one to function in this day and age. I wonder if there might be a phone case with a lanyard attached so the phone can just dangle around the neck? Maybe something to create that can be sold at Highclere gift shop? Looking forward to another delightful post from you on Monday.
What a shame we can’t go back to land lines. They are much larger and harder to lose. In the future have some one from another phone call your phone. Some times that method works in finding yours.
So funny it hurts. I feel your pain while my hubby feels your hubby’s frustration. Luckily they have good sense of humor.
I totally understand your story. I am constantly losing my phone and asking my husband to call it so I can hear it ringing. He gets very irritated and telsl me if I can not remember where I left it he is going to take it away from me. That will not happen I assure you.
Once, while in Mexico, I accidentally left it in the hotel room when going on a days excursion. When we returned in the late afternoon it was not there. It had been stolen. it was a long ordeal and management called the police and they searched our room but it was not there. My husband kept asking me where I had left it and I kept saying on the breakfast tray. I don’t think he was really buying that. However, six weeks after returning home I received an alert from the “Find my iPhone” app (on my new replacement phone) and it showed my stolen phone on a vacant lot in downtown Cancun. So, the app really works when someone tries to turn the phone on if it has been taken.
I should probably tie it around my neck most days!