Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 20/07/2013 at 08:26

Morning all. Back from yet another hol (OAPs with caravans!) on a farm in Somerset. Too hot to do much but the view from the back of our caravan was glorious as we hid in the shade and drank diet pop. Doesn't take much to please us. We met old friends who were caravanning a mile from us and had a lovely evening with them. We've had our problems over the last few years, but hearing about their troubles made us grateful for ours! (It was still a lovely evening, though.)

SIL, rushed into hospital before we went away (only 3 and a half hours and three massive haemorrhages before the ambulance came, which may explain why she had to be resuscitated on the journey to hospital during a fourth haemorrhage), is now home and OK. It turned out to be an infected abscess on the site of last year's cancer which had gone undiagnosed for months despite all her hospital visits. I suspect she is too old to get much of a priority. Just another old person clogging up the system. Or am I being cynical?

Apart from visiting her today, its a day for pruning bits off and tying bits up - the ladylike bits of gardening. And I finally have sweet peas to cut - those people who advised me that it was OK to plant them late were right.

have a lovely day, everyone. Make the best of the fine weather - apparently it isn't guaranteed to last past the middle of next week. Just watched Newswatch, where people complained that the weather reporting of the heat wave was too cheerful.




Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 23:23

You cried at the END of term, Potty? I was more inclined to cry at the beginning of term, myself! Glad you felt better after a sleep, anyway.

Came home from holiday to find the painter had finished our sitting room and it is a fetching shade of pale...well, the word I have in mind starts with a v and refers to stomach contents. Didn't look that way when I painted the contents of the sample pot on the walls! Pretended I liked it and will try to adjust. It is one of those light-reflective paints and it certainly does glow.

Only a few seedlings died when I was away, despite the intense heat, so I'm grateful for that, anyway. Hope everyone else has survived the weather fairly well. Haven't read back further than this page, so I can only commiserate with GardenG at present.

Night all. Sleep well.


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 09:21

Best of luck, Woodie.


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 09:17

Morning all. Quick visit. SIL waited for an ambulance for 3 and a half hours because the first request was sent to the wrong health authority and was passed on to a second one, which did not exactly rush. Request was passed from Carmarthen to Cardiff to Barry. This was after dialliing 999! 'First response team', which aims to arrive in seven minutes, had a half-hour journey!

She was taken into hospital and will be sent to the cancer hospital today. She's 84 and therefore blocking up the system, of course. She gets good treatment but seems to have to wait a very long time for everything. She's iin fairly good spirits - a tough old bird.

Thanks from the heart to everyone for your good wishes. We are going on our hol because another brother and SIL, with whom she lives, are now available and we will be able to travel to see her. Her sister, aged 80, has dementia and is oblivious to it all. She's the one we take the main responsibility for, usually.

Old age is great in many ways - experience, time to do what one likes and socialise and do one's bit for others -  but extreme old age is not always so wonderful.

Glad all has worked out fairly well, TT. Hope you got your decent night's sleep. As you say, NHS is under a lot of pressure and in a worrying state. 

Well, after all that gloom, may I wish a good week to everyone! Don't think I'll have much internet access this week, and I'm not good at using my phone to get on websites- it seems so slow! Have watered the garden, bade a fond farewell to the plants (!) and am just hoping everything will survive til we come back. Lots of new planting in this hopt dry weather is not the best idea in the world. Nobody's fault but mine! 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 21:07

Ofsted inspections are pretty awful,Dove. Sympathy!!

Kef, you were not at all rude. I like people who say what they mean!

OH now on his way home, but ambulance has not come. medics have taken over and other SIL will go to hospital with her. She is very ill and has been for a long time. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 20:19

She is now haemorrhaging again. Second 'first response team' has arrived. First ambulance request was lost in the system and another has now been ordered. I'm speechless - she started haemorrhaging about four-thirty. Good job OH is a nurse! 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 20:08

Thanks to al of you who have expressed concern. Still don't know what has happened - first response team came quickly but ambulance could be up to three hours!!

To change the subject for the moment, tried to add to automatic watering system today but connection leaked so much it was impossible to operate it. I used plumbers tape, but the tap connectors are utterly shoddy. So I'll have to try to buy better quality ones. 

Bob, I like your thrift!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:46

Evening Forkers, a bit early. TTG is waiting for news about her son's operation. Hope it is going well.

 I am waiting for news about elderly SIL, who has haemorrhaged from cancer area in her mouth. OH has called an ambulance and gone into hospital with her. This puts our holiday plans into perspective and we may not go, depending on the news from doctors. This is not important, we can go at another time anyway.  


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:41

OH has just taken his elderly sister into hospital because she has had a haemorrhage from the cancer area in her mouth. Our own holiday plans may have to be cancelled, not that that matters much.

TT, have been thinking about you all day.


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 12:09

Have a good time, Puncdoc. We're going to the Somerset-Devon border.

TT, thinking of you and your son.

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