Yes – this is getting to be a nasty habit and we must nip it in the bud! Well, that sounds like good old gardening terms and you may think it refers to a fallen tree/shrub/climbing plant but you would be wrong!
The poor soul who had the tumble was Roy and this time he was not in the garden but alone in the town. He fell down some uneven steps and apparently did a stumbling run halfway across the High street before falling flat on his front opposite our favourite Charity shop. He grazed hands, knees and his face, also knocked the breath out of himself and he hurt his chest. A rescue team came out to his aid!
--The ladies from the shop (ha ha).
They whisked him up and inside the shop, then under the guise of helping him, SOLD him all the contents of the shop!!! (Bigger ha ha!) They produced tissues. water and towels and proceeded to clean him up.
However, he was again rescued by a doctor and nurse from the nearby surgery who wheeled him off to be attended by all the youngest, prettiest nurses who proceeded to dig out slivers of glass and gravel and clean him up. He had been out to replace a light bulb and was holding it in his hand when he fell. Ugh!I got a call from the surgery to tell me the tale and he was brought home by a local taxi service. Very tottery and shaken. I had called our daughter Jan and she came to administer further TLC. Not the sort of thing for an 80 year old to have happen, is it?
That happened on Monday 19th and he is still suffering much pain in his chest which is probably due to internal bruising so say our Doctor and the Osteopath to whom he has been for advice.
So no lawn cutting, no more gardening, pruning, weeding, planting out. No clearing away old empty pots, no cleaning patio, stone circle or steps, no sweeping up leaves from neighbour’s beech hedge.
No clearing up litter left by local youths, (cigarette stubs, crisps, sweets and takeaway packets), no scraping off chewing gum from the roadway cum footpath – in fact he has spent much of his time asleep which is perhaps the best thing he could do at present.
He had made an early start and cleared away the old willow trellis that had sadly deteriorated through the last winter. Several shrubs had succumbed to the cold winter and dwarf trees we had invested in so at the moment the garden is rather bare. Our lovely camellia has died but the miniature rhododendron is blooming and there are shoots on some old clematis plus the primroses, polyanthas and violas look quite decorative. There are fresh green leaves on the hydrangeas, white flowers on the red stemmed dogwood, shoots on the azalea and honeysuckle so all is not lost.
How I would love to be able to do my share as in former years! I cannot believe how much I have deteriorated. One wonders how these things happen as people get older, never expecting such changes in oneself.
In the past there have been many times when I have wondered if I would see another Spring and here we are seeing the beauty of it all around once again. Such delicate greenery on the trees! Yellow everywhere, from primroses, daffodils, dandelions and celandines. Bluebells taking over from the white snowdrops and the purple and yellow crocuses. Trees and shrubs covered in pink or white flowers, cherry, camellia, magnolia. The air filled with new scents,
The beautiful sounds of the birds in the early morning and the gladsome sight of those old faithful ones that return each year, though there are not many here in the town yet. Usually the swifts go tearing up and down with their shrill cries. Just a few swallows have begun nesting in the barns at the farm where our daughter lives and the house martins have built their customary nest up by her bedroom window.
One of our Grandsons regularly keeps an eye out for ground nesting birds such as lapwings and marks them for the farmer to avoid when he is out on the tractor. He has seen oyster- catchers along the River Gelt, otters, red
squirrels, hares and many other creatures. His photos are wonderful. I shall attempt to put some up on my page.
Although Roy and I may not be able to do so much this year it is good to be alive and perhaps we could just sit back, appreciate all that is going on around us and give thanks for another share in the turn of the circle of life.
- 30 Apr, 2010
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