Looks like I was right, it's the company car tax changes that are getting clients exercised.
Life is tough on the front line of accountancy. For more than five years, our intrepid correspondent has been bringing us news and views from a typical West Country practice.
No big surprises in last week's Budget, but then again there were no big giveaways for small businesses either.
Reading today's headlines about Stamp Duty avoidance by foreign multi-millionaires using offshore companies has made me lose what little confidence I had in the Chancellor.
March hasn't got off to a good start. I decided it was time to get back on the networking circuit, so I have been slotting breakfast and evening networking events into my diary: BNI, chamber of commerce, FSB - you name it, I'll be there.
I used to think "Time To Pay" arrangements with HMRC were a thing of the past. Now I'm not so sure.
Two clients contacted HMRC last week to try to get time to pay, only one succeeded.
... sitting down for an initial chat with a prestigious new client at his impressive, pristine hard wood dining table. All very congenial.
A strange week. On Monday a London firm of accountants forwarded me a letter addressed to them as the registered office of a company we took over many years ago - with a predictably snooty comment on the compliments slip.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with business networking. Over the years I have gained a few clients - not my biggest, it has to be said - and made many friends and contacts in the local business community.
So there I was, indulging in a bit of post-January technical reading, and thinking how good and relevant a number or articles were in this month's Accountancy magazine, when a new publication landed on top of my reading pile.
Good question. This seems to be the rule many of our clients live by. Unfortunately it's this time of year when I realise it's rubbing off on me too!