2015: Jan Feb Mar Apr
Letter January 2015
Hi, January has been cold by the standards of this part of the country. In
has often been below freezing at night in the second half of the month
and we have had four snow falls (none lasted more than a day). See
photo. The freezing and threats of freezing has put a halt to working
on the garage as concreting a bit is next and it can't be done if it is
going to freeze. Anyway it is not reasonable for Harry to work outside
when it is really cold - don't want him to get pneumonia at 84. There
are a few picture at the house link. I have been a little ill and so
have not been doing much either. We are getting ready to spring into
action when we see a bit of spring.
We were at the big hospital in Bourges (which is in about the 5th stage
of extensions and rearrangements). We were going to a part of the
hospital we had not been before. And so Harry left me at the enterance
and went to park the car. There were no parking spaces but at the very
end of the building some people were illegally parked so Harry joined
them. He walked back to the enterance and we went to the big desk at
the very other end of the building (Harry's walk #1). The desk was
going to direct us to the right place but instead send a clerk with us
so we didn't get lost. It was a long walk (#2). We did our business and
then were shown a door to the outside. Harry went to find the car while
I waited by a little side door. Harry walked back to the front desk
(#3) and then out the front enterance and around to where he had parked
the car (#4). He drove the car round the round the hospital but could
not see the side door. He tried to phone me but my phone was off. So he
found a parking space at the front and walked the length of the
building to get me (#5) and we walked together back to the front (#6)
and got in the car. To get out we had to drive around the hospital
again. I pointed out the side door and Harry pointed out where the car
had been and they were very close but around a corner from each other.
Harry had walked the lenght of the hospital SIX times, close to 2
kilometers. One walk the length of the hospital was enough to knacker
both of us. Next time we park illegally as before, go it and out the
nearby side door. I am a bit ashamed because my phone was off and
because I did not insist on my intuition about the path we took with
the clerk and let Harry work on his intuition. I know that I have a
better sense of direction.
We are looking forward to some great visits this year. Janet
Letter February 2015
Hi, February has been a short, busy month,
also cold and damp. Harry only worked outside for short periods and I
stayed indoors most of the time. He worked on the garage some (see
I had an appointment with the
specialist and I thought he would give me an OK. But I had the wrong
date. We drove to Bourges (parked so that we didn't have to walk the
length of the hospital), and were told that my appointment was the
day before. Another specialist took pity on us having driven into
town and squeezed me in – but – said I was not completely better
and had to keep up the medication.
We bought a treadmill and so I can get
more exercise. Harry is using it too and walking upright on it rather
than bent over. But I did get some exercise this month, as well as on
the treadmill, because I cleaned house, all day for about a week.
Harry went for a test from his eye
specialist. It was a fairly long drive away, early in the morning and
he was to take drops 45 mins ahead of the appointment. We tried to
figure out a way to do it but in the end he took a taxi (the one in
Bengy that does medical trips). It cost a bit but the alternatives
(trains and hotels) were more expensive and a hustle. The taxi took
him there, put in the drops at the right time, waited for him and
brought him back. They also knew the way and the location of the
clinic. The upshot of the trip and testing was that Harry will not
benefit from a particular new treatment and so won't be getting it.
Bob McIlwaine came for almost a week.
It was a good visit. (see visits) He came with a cold and after he
left Harry started getting it and a day later I started. It looks
like we will be over fairly quickly but it is a proper cold not just
a little sniffle.
I have done very little on the computer
during the cleaning and the visit so I am now trying to catch up.
So... this months update will be a little short with no image in the
gallery page or photo with this letter and no web stats. I have
neglected my blog in the second half of the month and also Facebook,
mail etc. and I have been missing all the news and the scientific
papers. I have some catching up to do.
Letter March 2015
Hello, Spring is here - some great sunny days and some very windy wet days.
Photo is of the almond tree on our road which is the first tree to
bloom in the spring. The first flowers in our yard were tiny blue
flowers of corn speedwell making a carpet in places (Veronica
arvensis). There was enough good days to get some work done
on the garage and one day of getting the garden in shape. (see house
We had the departmental elections and it is too early for final results
but it looks like the centrist parties held off the National Front here.
The center right got 12 members, the center left - Socialists 5 and the
far left & greens 2. But important the far right FN under Le Pen
get 0. Relief all round. All the parties except the FN campaigned on
local, Departmental issues but the FN campaigned on national issues and with more expensive leaflets. It's nice to see that didn't get them votes.
The Twizy has been losing charge on its little battery - not the big
one that moves the car but a little 9 volt that runs the lights and
stuff like that. We complained about it not holding a charge and they
have fixed it, we hope.
I am just about done the taxes and will be sending them off in a couple
of days. Somehow we didn't qualify for any tax break that the Canadian
government has been talking about - wonder why.
We are expecting some visitors this year: Ciara & new family end of
April and start of May, Merrilee & Aydon end of August and maybe
Paul in the summer and the Hinson-Parson family if they can come. Janet
April 2015 letter
This month's letter is late (and skippy) because it
has been a busy time in the final part of the month.
April started very wet, then was
beautiful weather until the end of the month when it was very wet
again. Harry got some work done on the bottom plates on the garage
and we have been waiting for the wood to arrive. (pictures next month) Some more of awkward
stumps have been removed.
The taxes got mailed in time and a bit
of gardening is in.
We have a nightingale this year and
have heard in several times in the night. Lovely.
My computer is a little flaky these
days and so we bought a new one. We have not had time to set it up
But we did do a house cleaning in
preparation for visitors. (see cartoon) A once or twice a year big
Ciara, Chris and the two boys arrived
on the 28th and we have had a good visit but it isn't over yet. Visit report next month.