Posted: 29/10/2016 at 17:37
Well, Ladybird, we may be "hardy perennials" but there are enough tales of slips, trips and close calls to make your blood run cold!
I recall that a keen gardener bled to death because when she fell, the secateurs in her pocket severed the femoral artery, and she was alone, with no-one close at hand. Now that is a cautionary tale if ever I heard one. I've been extra careful with secateurs ever since.
I have to smile when I think of some of silly and downright dangerous things I did as a child, not least of which was playing on waste land and cutting my foot open on rusty corrugated iron. Limped home. Shoe full of blood. Father washed it, bandaged it and that was it. No medical attention. No stitches (and I still have the scar!). I survived, but just think how the tale could have ended.