Monday, March 22, 2010

Reconnecting







Well things finally seem a little brighter. N was able to sit up for quite a while yesterday and we had a good chat and a few laughs. She has been experiencing terrible headaches due to the surgery leaving a tiny tear in the dura,the membrane over the spinal column and it's been upsetting to watch her deal with it. But the tear is beginning to heal, and she even managed a few steps outside today.

And D, my other breast cancer friend of long-standing, has asked me to take her for a hospital oncology appointment on Wednesday, as her husband is away on business. She is doing an oral chemo, to treat a recurrence, that has the nasty side effect of stripping the skin from your hands and feet, which means she can't drive at present.
But the chemo is doing some good, so what she's putting up with is not in vain.

It feels good to be helping them both out, it reminds me how lucky I am.

As for the rest of the world I continue to be scunnered with the election campaign. I want to start a Facebook group called "I demand a line on ballot paper headed none of the above". The thought of the St Elmo's Fire generation of the Tory party forming the next Government makes me shudder. And yet I don't want to see the Labour party, as it currently functions, re-elected.

I've done some interesting things in my absence,including a local radio broadcast with Colin, where I got to read a few poems. And this Thursday morning I'm reading at Hendersons in Edinburgh with two other Calder Wood Press writers, which I'm really looking forward to. (BTW Calder Wood Press now has Paypal for international orders)

I also had part of the house painted, which was great, though the effort of emptying everything out of the rooms concerned and then putting it all back was exhausting. But I'm glad I did it, as the house looks really fresh and ready for Spring.

My dear friend Meg is coming over from the States in June, and she jokingly told me that she expected to find the resort upgraded. Well it is and I can't wait to see her, as it has been almost 6 years since we last met in NY.

My garden continues to be a joy to me. My show auriculas are growing by the day, and several have flower buds on them. I've been taking them out during in the daytime and putting them back under glass at night. But soon they will be able to stay out in their "theatre". And the borders are awash with blue scillas and hellebores and the daphne scent on a still morning is just wonderful. I've planted a barrel of tatties, and rocket and lettuce are through in the vegetable planters in the greenhouse. And I have pots of things to go out into the beds once all risk of frost is over, verbena bonariensis, three types of ornamental grasses, violets, hardy geraniums etc, etc. So hopefully it will all look fabulous in high summer.

I'll try and get round some other blogs this week, as I want to see how everyone is doing. Photos are of the garden and a birch down by the river.

6 Comments:

Blogger Rouchswalwe said...

So good to catch up, Anna! We opened a bottle of Kelpie Seaweed Ale at the weekend (brewed and bottled in Kelliebank by the Williams Bros Brewing Co.) and I was wondering how your spring was going. That Birch is wonderful!

10:43 pm  
Blogger Pat said...

Great post. Two bits of good news and beautiful photos.

12:09 pm  
Blogger BarbaraS said...

You sound very cheered by the new growth and cheerful news you're giving, I am glad to hear that you've been so busy and that your auriculas are coming on great.

2:23 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

Lovely chatty post.

I feel exactly as you do re the election (we still have a UK vote). I'd prefer to see Labour re-elected if it were someone other than GB, and quite a few of the rest of them too come to think, but the others are a horror too.

Bravo in being such a support to your friends, I'm glad N is picking up a bit. And I'm thrilled to know you have an auricula theatre! Auriculas never look quite real to me, but like tapestry motifs.

1:47 pm  
Blogger Kay McKenzie Cooke. said...

What truly beautiful photos of spring - they caused an intake of breath! Your gardening pursuits and house- painting efforts make me feel ashamed of my own paltry attempts at home and garden. (And your care of your friends is a heart-warming example of love).
We sink into autumn, you rise with a new resurgence - that's as it should be!

10:40 pm  
OpenID sunnydunny said...

Thanks for the mention A. I'm really enjoying doing the local radio spot. Sue Rulliere's coming in next week.

8:05 am  

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