Latest posts by Palaisglide

A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:46

Dove sorry to hear about your misfortunate acrobatics, a net comes in handy and saves a lot of pain. The North Sea mist came back yesterday so it was not a good day in the garden, instead it was chat and laughter in the house with three grandchildren and two Daughters all making those rubber band bangle thingees. They ate my cake and biscuits though a small price to pay for the joy of seeing them all.

Today has not started any better, it was dull and dark when I got up, at least I now feel up to cooking Sunday lunch, the last two were NHS though must say very good considering the press they get, now where is all that veg I was not allowed to eat before the op.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:35

Mrs T, you are not boring it is showing your individuality we are all different in our likes and dislikes, my pet hates are lawn mowers strimmers and noisy BBQ's on Sunday afternoons, easy to say for us retired and able to do those things week days though still very annoying. The music is from a radio in the conservatory and once you move away it cannot be heard, I get the bird song and buzz of insects instead and agree it is soothing. My day was made yesterday by the Last Night of the Proms three hours of wonderful music, it starts in July and I get to listen to most concerts this year I missed a few not being in a place I could listen. Music takes all forms most of which give your spirits a lift "err" apart from boy bands that is.


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 10:21

Alan yes know what you mean, had that experience way back in BMH Fayid, another stroke of luck, they had flown a top London Surgeon out to operate on a General, they wheeled me in as he finished, he took over, strange watching them put you back together through the mirror of the huge lamp and chatting to the nurse holding my head. I was told every day of the three weeks I was in hospital how lucky I was he happened to be there. This time it was out cold for eight hours, my last memory was asking if they could cut my hair whilst I was out.

Sun is trying here on Teesside, it has to fight with the North sea mists, "Aha" the first beams coming through the window so out to the Garden for my vitamin "C" the natural way. Keep well Alan.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 09:31

Sitting in the garden yesterday a sea fret crept up on me it suddenly got very cold on the Easterly wind bringing the North Sea inshore. Sudden thought, weeks since I sat at the piano an hours practice. So it was music in the house not the garden. For some reason on opening the piano lid it was "How great thou art" and a couple more hymns then Glen Millar and the music I danced to in those wonderful Palais de dance ending up with a ragtime version of "Alexander's Rag Time Band", why? it is years since I played that tune yet it just came into my head. The Strictly come let your hair down bug must have struck. The sun came back out and we sat in the garden, my hands ached, lack of practice and thought the garden and music, best pick me ups ever.


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 09:16

So true SV, I feel the strength pour back into me as I either sit in my sun trap at the end of the garden or in the conservatory with the doors and windows open. There appears to be a glut of insects on the flowers buzzing away, it reminds you the sun is the power house of life we all need it. On GW last night (which gets later by the week) Margaret was pottering around her lovely garden at 100 years of age looking years younger, we cannot put it all down to her garden though I would wager spending her life gardening has helped. I was with my Daughter Margaret to recover, she has been in her new house 15 months and got the garden looking lovely, considering she once brought very seriously ill plants to me to give the kiss of life she has suddenly taken off as a gardener, gardening it seems is in us all, better than all those vitamin pills they try to sell us.


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 13:48

David, tell me about it Northallerton  is on the way to my Son's Leeming Village they have a Betty's so I never got past Northallerton with my wife without a wander along the High Street and a call in Betty's for in my case a "Fat Rascal" their take on the scone + the Cake I got already has a large bit missing and very nice too.

Looked up the Strictly thread do not agree with some comments, Judy is a very determined lady and may shock us all, big girls can dance as I found out at a young age going to the big lads Dance, I got my tea and bun free (too young for the pub) dancing with the girl who served behind the counter, it was never a chore.

The sun vanished so it is the conservatory whilst Daughter goes mad in the bathroom, I said it is clean, "Dad you are getting a lot of visitors tomorrow I am not having a bathroom that is not spotless" Oo eck as like, hide the biscuits and cake.


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:53

Sincere thanks to you all and hugs very welcome anytime. Sorry David, the dreaded "C" word has to be mentioned to show there is hope when it is found, I saw the photo's and thought, "it looks like a big red cauliflower what sauce would it need" you are in their hands so trust them. My Daughter tells me they can mend over 70% now a few years back it would have been virtually none, now that is progress.

Breakfast of pills and porridge done, now a lovely shower and as the sun is shining yet again out to my sun trap patio to get browned off, "oh" and the long handled Dutch hoe handy for any weeds within reach my Family missed, well there is always one. Mike getting into the garden or just sitting in the conservatory has been a tonic to beat them all, take care. Alan get yourself out there it certainly lifts the spirits.


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 21:53

Quite a few lurkers around Nicki I now tend to lurk on the history program though got stuck in today to put things right. Been getting texts all day from Daughters then a lovely surprise present from Betty's sent by my sister, a lovely cake which I can now eat thank goodness. Daughter came to cook my tea but said I had more energy than she had so I got my own. Lovely afternoon resting in the sunshine, my garden is certainly giving me strength, "err" could also be the food?


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 13:23

Thank you each and all for the good wishes, you do realise how much the board friendships mean when you cannot see the posts.

Alan NHS did me proud, all the blood tests and samples during June July did not show up the problem, my own Doctor fast tracked me as he suspected it was bad. In spite of my age all the fitness tests were OK and they did find the alien so down I went at eight on the morning woke up at four in the afternoon, a six hour op. Seven days wonderful care and out to my Daughters who would wrap me in bubble wrap if they could, nice to be cared for though I wanted to be home. The very good news a week later it was "C" but they got it all no chemo, still have some plumbing in place but a small price to pay. The Hospital staff are like us have outside lives and worries, often short staffed and in my opinion underpaid, not that you would notice, Professional and caring each of us treat as if the only patient, wonderful and nothing like the bad press they get.

Saw the first programme David, I know three of them so will hold my council until I see some dance moves.

Frank. PS savoured my tomato's for lunch. 

A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 10:09

Yesterday I came home again after four weeks away from it. A warm sunny afternoon stepping out of the car to see a lovely mown lawn edges trimmed and the bushes clipped, that made me smile, then into the house and through to the conservatory looking out at the back garden full of flowers, the Fuchsia bushes in full bloom still, all neat and tidy thanks to my wonderful family plus a gardener for the lawns. It was a week in hospital and three weeks staying with one of my Daughters to recover, it has been sunny and warm most days up here in the North East so we sat in her lovely garden or motored to another Daughter and sat in her garden. They brought me home and my S/L was sitting down to a feast of my tomato's fried in butter on toast with much lip smacking, he had looked after them for me and now I can eat them as well, was unable to before the op, guess what my lunch will be? Ailsa Craig the tomato I was brought up with and to me the real taste of tomato.

Relaxed and comfortable looking out over my garden with the biggest smile on my face I suddenly felt strength pour back, yes a garden is the best medicine after all, slept like a log last night and now looking out over the sunny garden feeling much better.


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