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Glad to hear you're making good progress, young Trogg.  Fairies? They gave my mother morphine once when she fractured her shoulder.  She kept trying to pick up the £50 notes that she said were all over the bed!

 

 Looks like you'll have a mountain of washing to do when you're better!

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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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Sounds like you are well on your way to get back to “ normal” activities. Keep going the right way and you’ll be fine.

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@trogg wishing you a speedy recovery,  nice if your son can take you out , are you in a wheelchair ? Watch out your son dont let the handbrake off at the top of donkey hill !!!

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Morning all  

Each moring for about 4 weeks a young lady Blackbird comes to our patio to get her breakfast of grapes.  

At first when I put the grapes out she would get as many as 4 in her beak she would shake her head to try to break them up, so being kind i would cut the grapes into little pieces. Then the bully male BlackBird would chase her off. You could see by the amount she use to take, that she had bables some where. Then  she would come  when you sat out slde and look at you with thoes sad eyes. So I would fetch cut up grapes and away she went, Next master sat out side and put the grapes in his hand and she started to take them from him. Then each morning when I parted the blinds she would come to the patio door and look in, one morning she waited on the step of the patio door till she had got her grapes, Then the other day she brought her young brood 2 loverly babies to show us, at the moment she still  comes for her grapes but not so often.

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My blackbirds have done really well this year. They've raised one brood and are now busy with the next. They like grapes which I slice up for them. Each morning, I empty their breakfast of suet pellets, seed, mealworms and sliced grapes onto the bird table. Mrs Blackbird is always first in the queue but recently has been chased off by her own fledglings who are bigger than she is!  Ungrateful, ill  mannered children! It's a shame the fledglings have to lose their speckled plumage. They look so pretty.

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Any excuse just to get out in the evenings while its still warm is what we all need as its so hot and humid. Last night we had a musical evening in the historic centre of the village. It wasnt full house as we had expected because lots of people have either gone to the mountains or to the sea ( thats what people do here) but there were just enough to create a lovely atmosphere. There was a mixed crowd. Young lovey dovey couples, young couples with their children and new babies, an occasional dog and old fogies like us. We had a light meal at my sons and listened to the music which was round the corner so we couldnt see but every now and again the soloist and sax player came round all the tables and mingled with cusomers sitting outside bars. The atmospere was great my husband and I sat having a drink and the mayor passed and then we all sat together. After a little while he got up and asked if the couple next to us were locals. We said no then my son told him they were American. He went over to them and asked them to join us. Well what a lovely couple they were. They live in SF but spend months in France. They wanted to know who and why there was this evening and we were pleased to say that the mayor was the culprit. They were over the moon to be included in this evening. The solo artist came to sing to us and then the sax player sat down and played a while til he got up and marched through the crouds still playing. An evening to remember village style.

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Nonna, sounds like a lovely evening …

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50144-FA8-F976-4-DD1-B2-E5-131044-EDDF91Sax player before he played the pied piper trot.

8-DE05-C2-E-5-ACB-4970-A85-E-23-A504-F9-People were sitting outside bars. We were sitting at the first table on the right.

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Today has been a good day. Had a couple of weeks feeling a bit rough, as I had been invigilating exams I did some covoid tests as some of the symptoms were a bit suspect but they all were negative thankfully. 
Been feeling better last couple of days, so this morning went out early with Jj for a walk before it got too hot, will take him out again later on when it has cooled down a bit again. Had a nice salad for dinner and then listened to one of my favourite podcasts (Small town murder).
After that I settled down with a cold drink (lime & lemon) and my mind wandered (as it is apt to do) to some of life’s more vexing questions.

Why when flies are in a window that opens and you open it for them why do they persist in hurling themselves at the glass?
How is it that my vet shows me how to give my dog liquid medicine & he takes it no trouble. But when I do it it ends up over the floor, walls, ceiling & me. None in the dog at all.

Why when I am in a crowd am I the only one that gets bitten by a mossie/gnat or terrorised by a wasp?
Why won’t my dog take his “palatable” dog worming tablets like the dogs in the adverts?
Why do spiders always run towards me?
Why when someone comes to my house to do some repair/upgrade do they explain things either in “tech talk” or as if I am 10 years old?
Why when the breeze blows in open windows do the blinds end up outside the window?
Oh well I suppose some mysteries are better left as that, all adds to life’s rich tapestry.
 

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Another one for you to peruse SG., ' How do they manage to get milk in coconuts?        B.x

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Interesting day today. I was invited to a meeting at Isaac Walton's cottage. An author was gathering info for a book that she is writing about the River Trent and I was introduced as 'the old man of the Trent'. Wonderful conversation ensued.  

Gathered the fourth crop of runner and French beans today and been picking four courgettes a day for the last fortnight. Looking for recipes for courgettes.... Plenty of big tomatoes but no sign of ripening yet.

 

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2 hours ago, Stavertongirl said:

hy when I am in a crowd am I the only one that gets bitten by a mossie/gnat or terrorised by a wasp?
Why won’t my dog take his “palatable” dog worming tablets like the dogs in the adverts?
Why do spiders always run towards me?
Why when someone comes to my house to do some repair/upgrade do they explain things either in “tech talk” or as if I am 10 years old?

 

Sounds like the preamble to the old TV series Soap. Did Billy Crystal live near you?

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51 minutes ago, PeverilPeril said:

Interesting day today.

 

Have they sorted your implant PP?

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PP, zucchini bread, marinated courgettes in sweet and sour, courgette risotto, pasta with fresh tomatoes and sliced courgettes, stuffed courgettes with tuna ,parsley and bread crumbs bound together with an egg and oven baked , also a very simple omelette. There are so many things oh and pick the very young ones grate them into a salad. Happy cooking.

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10 hours ago, Brew said:

 

Have they sorted your implant PP?

I go to Birmingham tomorrow to be fitted with a new device. I  will have a range of 60 miles - so don't go talking behind my back:happy:

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Greetings all. Had physio last Friday. The lovely Sophie bent my knee further than I'd managed, with little pain. Sadly  next day I could barely move it.

It's improving slowly but the pain isn't.

Currently 'loading ' with 30-40 mg Codeine early on and getting exercises done before it wears off.

Had staples out on Monday. Got a call from 'Enhanced Recovery' yesterday to check on progress. They told me to lose the compression socks which is a relief.

Then today got a follow up call from Sophie and an invite to 'Total Knee Class' physio next week. 

Follow up really is excellent.

Just hoping that pain will begin to subside over next couple of weeks.

Meanwhile getting lots of upper body exercise waving my fist at Boris and his morality free cronies on the telly

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6 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

Total Knee Class' physio next week. 

 

I wonder what a partial knee looks like?

 

Pleased to hear from you Col, and glad you’re making progress.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I recently volunteered my services as a driver for the community transport scheme.

I held a DBS check from my hospital car driver days but they insisted on a new one. OK, my DBS check came back clean, but now need to attend a training course for mini-bus wheelchair users, fair enough.

 

Received an e-mail from the training officer: 

Regarding your Midas training unfortunately the only days that I have available next week are on Thursday 14/07/2022 and Friday 15/07/2022 at 08:00 am.

This will be held at Sherwood Bus Garage, Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2JN. On arrival, please ask for

xxx xxx

The cost is £30.00 for your initial driving assessment and a further £70.00 for your Accessible Midas Course. Please ensure that you bring your driving licence with you for this, or the course cannot continue.

Also, in addition to this there is the £10 membership fee which is also due for all Group Travel applicants.

Total cost will therefore be £110.00. All costs must be paid prior to the start of the course. This can be paid directly into our Bank account.

The Bank details are as follows...

 

Volunteering is one thing, paying for the privilege is another thing all together.

Any guesses who will not be taking up their very kind offer?

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23 minutes ago, Brew said:

Volunteering is one thing, paying for the privilege is another thing all together.

Any guesses who will not be taking up their very kind offer?

 

I realise it's voluntary, but do they give you anything in the way of allowances/meals/mileage/etc  ?

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None. The hospital car scheme, (Derbyshire, before it closed down), paid 41p per mile for using my own car.

The community transport scheme is driving their mini -bus, so there is zero compensation or expenses paid.

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7 minutes ago, Cliff Ton said:

 

I realise it's voluntary, but do they give you anything in the way of allowances/meals/mileage/etc  ?

Yeah but i bet it doesnt come to £110  !!!!

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We have a volontary service that is run in the village called Croce verde. Donations have bought a couple of ambulances and small van types vehicles for taking elderly  patients back and forth for appointments at hospitals etc. I’ve used the a couple of times when I’ve had to go for scans and not sure where they are. They aren’t nearby. We pay for the service usually about €40 for me but driver collects at home and waits then delivers me back home so it’s worth it without the hassle of trying to find the medical centre and trying to find whereabouts to go once inside.

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