Spring in my step.
It is early, but I am in hospital. Unfortunately I seem to have spent much of this year in and out of North Manchester Hospital, missing most of those glorious spring days our temperate climate bestowed on us. I did see the apple blossom when I was at home, we now have two apple trees, but it was very frustrating not to be able to do anything. Spring is vibrant, I enjoy the lush green shades as the garden comes into life. Then the colour, purple seems to have acquired a slight prominence when we did our autumn planting, there is a purple patch ,allium, verbanum and more, which appears to be thriving. The challenge of the garden is to keep the show going, so that August does not simply fade away.
Here at the hospital, it seems that every bit of space has been built on. Looking out from the upper floors of what I understand was once a huge workhouse ,it is striking how little open land is left. Mundane buildings have appeared throughout the hospital estate.
To the point. There is ,off the main corridor, a small garden. I went out there yesterday , with my wife. We both thought (simultaneously-together a long time) this could benefit from some TLC. A more enjoyable space could be a boon to many patients, something to relieve the tedium of the hospital day. This sounds like the Big Society .Can anything be done, why not?
- 4 May, 2011
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