Monday, 26 September 2016
The hospital I have to attend is 17 miles away and the bus from Aylesbury runs only every two hours.
As I have to get into Aylesbury in the first place, this makes a 10.15 appointment virtually impossible.
Luckily for me, my kind friend the parish administrator took the day off to take me.
The consultant was very pleased with my progress thus far, though he did point out that eventual deterioration is inevitable, and saw no reason at present to change the prescribed medication.
Coming out of there into heavy rain (just a shower) I was more than ever grateful for my kind friend's
We decided that rather than go straight back we would stop on the way at a large garden centre and have coffee (and cake), and when the rain stopped have a look around.
We had a lovely chat, a good walk round and I bought some tulips for planting. The first thing I have bought for the garden since John died.
Since the gardener had been by the time I got back, I now have some weed free space to do some planting. All I need now is the time, energy and right weather and God willing, I'll have something new and beautiful to look at in Spring.
This may seem a very ordinary mundane sort of morning to most of you but for me, it was a rare trip out of Aylesbury in good company and really a sort of mini holiday.
OH,and just for the record, this was my 500th post. :-)
Posted by Ray Barnes at 10:37:00 pm
Thursday, 22 September 2016
This being a house-work day I did a large wash-load of tops and skirts this morning.
When washed I split the load into two piles for drying and put the first lot in the dryer.
The second lot went into the dryer about three quarters of an hour later and I mentally noted I would need two ordinary hangers and three skirt hangers, so got them ready.
Later as I carted them upstairs to hang them up I found I was one skirt short, so, thinking I had dropped it on the way upstairs I retraced my steps...........No skirt!
I looked in the washing machine, then in the dryer, then examined every nook and cranny minutely, not a trace of it was there.
Over the next half hour I searched and puzzled and finally admitted defeat.
I have just reached into the airing cupboard for a towel and there on a hanger in the front of the row of clothes airing was the skirt.
I have absolutely no memory of putting it there and no idea how I could have done so without being conscious of doing so.
Over the years I have done some pretty strange things, some I've blogged about, the habit of leaving a slipper in one place and the other elsewhere etc., but this is truly absent-mindedness on a grand scale.
Please someone tell me I am not about to bid farewell to my last marble.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 1:48:00 pm
Monday, 12 September 2016
There doesn't seem to have been time to breath in the past couple of weeks, but life is returning to its usual (I nearly said normal) pace again.
Apart from spending Sunday Monday Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.15 am to 12.00 noon in St M's. there is also choir practice on Friday evenings, and this last weekend a 50th birthday combined with Barn dance in the church.
Then the next morning the usual Sunday morning service, and in the afternoon the installation of the new Archdeacon.
This has involved learning quite a lot of music in a very short space of time, tiring but lovely.
All the events went very well and though I probably shouldn't say it, the singing was really very good indeed.
There were a lot of compliments from a number of people (the great and good of the County) and our own congregation too.
This really makes it all worthwhile.
There has been quite a lot of social activity in the close too and this Sunday evening we are going out for a meal and then to the cinema to see the latest Bridget Jones film.
This will kill two birds with one stone for me, as I love the Bridget Jones films and have not set foot in the cinema since about 1982.
It seems the older I get the busier I get.
Well that suits me very well. It is great to have things to look forward to again.
Amazingly the weather appears to be co-operating in a most unusual way (touch wood).
I know it is beginning to get dark earlier now but that is inevitable I suppose and won't slow me down anyway.
Every day I give thanks for my new life and friends in St' Mary's, I'm so very glad I took that first step 7 years ago.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 10:30:00 pm