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A strange occurrence....

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Greyduster Sat 16-Jul-16 17:09:19

We came back from a walk this afternoon, took our shoes off in the hall, and when I went to put mine away, I noticed a pair of scabby Nike trainers in the shoe rack that I didn't recognise. I immediately thought they must be my son in law's as they came last weekend, having been cycling and while he usually changes his shoes in the car, he may have changed them in the house and left them behind. But they aren't his, apparently (I sent him a photo) and they don't belong to DH, they are the wrong size for my son and the only other male who has been here recently was the man who came to measure up for blinds - and I know he put his shoes back on when he went. We are flummoxed! I don't know why we have never noticed them before. Anyone lost a pair of trainers?

annsixty Sat 16-Jul-16 17:11:49

Are you in the right hall?

hildajenniJ Sat 16-Jul-16 17:16:30

Have you been making porridge? There isn't a little golden headed girl asleep in your spare room? grin

Elegran Sat 16-Jul-16 18:10:00

Do you have a built-in wardrobe with a high shelf?

A man in Japan a little while ago kept finding that things vanished from his fridge - couldn't think how anyone was getting in to take them.

He set up a camera to watch while he was at work. A young woman was revealed climbing down off a shelf in a built-in cupboard, above eyelevel, helpng herself to food and climbing back up again. She had been living there unnoticed for weeks, sleeping on the shelf and only coming down when the flat was empty.

Jalima Sat 16-Jul-16 18:14:15

Did the man who measured up for blinds bring an indoor pair of shoes with him and leave his scruffy outdoor shoes with you?
Or are you a pair of nice new trainers missing and he left you those in exchange?

That happened to someone's lovely winter coat, hung up in a pub/restaurant and a scruffy old coat left in exchange.

Auntieflo Sat 16-Jul-16 18:22:21

A friend of ours lost a Barbour coat, from Church, and was left an old one in it's place.shock

Jalima Sat 16-Jul-16 18:24:35

Someone 'borrowed on permanent loan' my new brolly from my seat in church when I went up for communion. shock

Nana3 Sat 16-Jul-16 18:41:58

Look to DH he would be my prime suspect even if he denies all knowledge. ( I don't want to cause any disharmony though), sorry blush

trisher Sat 16-Jul-16 18:43:54

Is someone living in your attic? If so you can at least comfort yourself that he/she has been house trained and takes off their shoes and puts them in the rack. If you catch them I might be interested in having them round to teach my DSs how to do this.

Greyduster Sat 16-Jul-16 18:50:06

I have been trying to get in touch with the man who measured the blinds - will probably have to wait until Monday, but I would have thought if he was missing a pair of shoes he would have been trying to find out where he left them. As for Japanese ladies in the wardrobe, I have been saying to DH ever since we moved into this house that I think it is either haunted or there is someone else living here that we don't know about. I quite often wake up early in the morning and it sounds as if the floorboards are creaking. He says it's the plumbing - or it's "settling"! It must have been "settling" since 1998!

Jalima Sat 16-Jul-16 19:37:54

There was a case in the paper years ago about a family who found people living in the attic - it was a terraced house and apparently people had moved in next door with several relatives who took over the attic and the neighbour's as well as there was no dividing wall up there

Jalima Sat 16-Jul-16 19:38:17

I have never seen a ghost wearing trainers btw

Greyduster Sat 16-Jul-16 19:46:16

There's a first time for everything! grin

Grandma2213 Sun 17-Jul-16 00:56:39

This post made me smile smile. I just found a lovely pink summer jacket tucked away in a wardrobe. No ghosts, mystery lodgers or trades people though. Before I retired I bought various things in sales and squirreled them away. This year I have found a few of them and have no memory of buying them.
I don't think a pair of scruffy trainers could be explained that way however! Let us know what you discover. I am intrigued.

harrigran Sun 17-Jul-16 09:34:49

I found jumpers in a vacuum bag underneath a pile of bed linen, can't imagine why I would put them in a linen cupboard unless I was hiding the evidence from DH, they are rather nice expensive ones 😁

Mumsy Sun 17-Jul-16 09:43:35

some workman actually have trainers to change into in peoples houses while they do the work and then when finished put their shoes back on.

J52 Sun 17-Jul-16 10:10:06

I found a brand new, still with labels, Le Cruset griddle pan in a box in the garage! No one in the family laid claim to it or knew where it came from!

Only one thing to do, use it!grin

rosesarered Sun 17-Jul-16 10:44:25

What strange stories, or do some of you have memory lapses?grin
You should check out the attic though Greyduster because if those mice wear shoes they must be a helluva size!Keep us posted.

rosesarered Sun 17-Jul-16 10:45:52

My bet would be a friend of your son's ( trainers) who came to visit, having bought himself new ones on the way.

TriciaF Sun 17-Jul-16 11:04:03

Did you leave the house unlocked, Greyduster? If so someone might have come in and for some reason put them there.
A long time ago this happened to me, except it was a used cup and a plate on the kitchen table. I didn't think it could have been us - maybe someone had just come in, made a cup of tea, and left.

breeze Sun 17-Jul-16 11:07:51

Don't forget to tell us when you've solved the mystery! We are all intrigued!

Greyduster Sun 17-Jul-16 11:15:58

I'm beginning to think it could only have been the blind man (IYSWIM), but I don't remember him bringing anything in but a very large case containing his samples and measuring equipment which he was struggling to carry with both hands (I remarked upon it at the time) and he didn't open it up until he got into the conservatory. Neither of us remember picking up an odd pair of shoes and putting them in the shoe rack, but DH might have done it, absently (he swears he didn't!). My son lives an hour's drive away roses and his friends haven't been to us for years! Shame, because they were all lovely chaps.

GandTea Sun 17-Jul-16 11:43:47

I have this thing about shoes etc. When driving walking etc, we often see one discarded shoe, why only one? Just watch along roads as you drive, you will see them.

Gagagran Sun 17-Jul-16 12:15:40

Yes GandT - we do that too! DH once found a brand new trainer, in his size, on the beach at Southport, where my sister lived at the time.We were frequent visitors and he spent years looking out for the other one of the pair - but never found it and sadly threw his found one away eventually.

ninathenana Sun 17-Jul-16 12:20:06

I've noticed that too GrandT