The last week of 2013 tax return filing has just taken a turn for the worse with the return of wet weather. Driving to a client yesterday I met three "Road closed" signs en route and had to find detours.
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.
Clients come in all types, all businesses - and all ages.
We have a few active clients well over pension age, especially farmers, but we don't have any under 18. Or, at least we didn't until last week.
So we're all half way through January and 31st is looming large. How is it looking for you?
A happy new year to AccountingWEB readers from a very wet West Country.
Water levels are still rising, sea defences are struggling with the onslaught from the Atlantic - and the usual suspects are struggling to get their 2013 tax return information to us.
Same client, same problem.
I have written about this before, but it still won't go away.
I'm not surprised to see that the financial services industry has washed its hands of automatic enrolment admin. When the Government first announced it the pensions industry was insisting that this was a financial services job, so hands off everyone else.
Someone asked me recently what I enjoy most about my job. I said it was the unpredictability of it, I love the variety. I spoke too soon.
The name of the game these days is value for money. And in our case, time is money, so when it comes to networking events I'm looking for something that represents time AND money well spent.
Looking at this week's workload, I am struck by one thing in particular - there's a lot going on here that I'm not doing myself!
I'm going to do something tomorrow that I haven't done for some time - I'm going to drive for over an hour to attend a CPD course!
And I bet it will be a two hour drive home as it's an afternoon session so we'll be leaving in the rush hour.