Saturday, July 19, 2008

Home again, home again, jiggerty jig!

Hubby was discharged yesterday, but came out looking and feeling awful! So I managed to get him an appointment with our GP, so the private route process has been started.
We are all feeling like doing this at the moment!

Maybe I should, but to be honest, so little has been done this week that I really have to try and play catch up!
In the greenhouse plants are growing

and this desperately needs to be potted on

but I need to buy some compost, which I'm not supposed to lift!
The tomatoes are coming along,

we need sun to help ripen them. Theres alot more than in these pics!!!
I have more cucumbers that I currently need! What do you do with an excess of cucumbers?
Although my neighbours have been feeding and watering the chickens, I feel its unfair to ask them to move them as its a bit of a 'palarva' so we shall be doing this either today or tomorrow! I also need to go to the tip as our cardboard and plastic bottle containers are overflowing!! Its all the silly little jobs that have been ignored over the last 10 days!

Plus today is the day when Calne has over 3500 motorcycles descend on it!

so no doubt hubby will want to go and have a look around!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sleep, Cook. Eat, Drive, Visit etc.........................

I have so much that needs doing and not enough time to fit it in! The jobs I need to do are BIG jobs, all day jobs, not an hour here and an hour there type jobs! The weather has been dry enough for me to do them to, which I need as I shall be using electrical tools.
All we seem to do is sleep, get up, cook, eat, drive, visit, drive back, water, maybe eat again, then collapse! Sometimes we do the drive, visit, drive bit twice and thats a 50 mile round trip each time!!

We are still none the wiser, they have still not done the scan, and oh! yes they started him on antibiotics today! What for? Who knows! As they haven't done the scan. So how do you treat something you know nothing about!!!
I am getting mad! If you looked at him and talked to him yesterday and today he looks as fit as you and I, he is taking up precious bed space because they can't sort themselves out.

I want him home, but he can't keep having these attacks!

I picked some of my French Beans yesterday, they where lovely and scrummy.

Bet your bottom dollar as soon as he is discharged it will rain!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I had planned to get back to blogging full time this week, but other things have yet again taken a higher priority!
Hubby is back in hospital again, taken by ambulance Monday evening with the same pains as the previous week. At the hospital they took blood, gave morphine and we sat and waited! 3hrs 20m and we saw our first doctor who said it was probably Gallstones and he would be discharging him, but would check his blood tests first. Being close to the nurses station I was able to 'earwig' in on conversations. He spoke in person to two doctors and one on the phone.
I said to hubby, your not coming home! Back came the doctor to say there where a few problems with his blood test and they where showing 'flags'(?) and as the hospital didn't know if they where going up or coming down he would have to be admitted.
We got home at 01.30. I didn't get to bed till well gone 0200 and was up at 0700!

When I phoned the hospital I was told he had had a comfortable night. 30 mins later hubby phoned to say the pain had returned and he'd been vomiting all night!!! Thats comfortable? The hospital have still not said in words what I overheard on them talking about in Accident and Emergency on the phone 'Pancreatitus'.
We where told on Monday evening once admitted he would be given a scan to confirm whether it was Gallstones. When I went to visit him yesterday, he didn't really want visitors, so I left and asked about the scan, nothing was booked for yesterday or as far as they could tell for today either!!!!

When I spoke to our private medical insurers, apparently, because he has an 'acute' problem he can't transfer over to the Private sector (on our insurance)and has to be discharged by the specialist not by himself. But once discharged and if this reoccurs we can then go private!

So now we wait!

We are all pretty bushed, but on the plus side T went and signed up as a volunteer at our local 'Scrapstore' we have had long discussions about her getting a job, but she really only feels confident working in a library and sadly there are not many of those jobs available here, so I suggested she became a volunteer somewhere and she chose here and went yesterday and had a ball!
I can't recommend 'Scrapstores' highly enough if you craft then do see if you have one in your locality and support them!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Chickens and Peas

This is just part of my neighbours paddock that my chooks are on holiday in

we had just moved them here from the top and next week we will move them to the other side of the workshop. They never use this area, he just sits on his ride on mower to keep the grass down

I really wish I had this as I can now see how much happier my hens are over here, I actually feel guilty already about bringing them back at the end of summer!

We bought the new plastic roosting bars for inside the Eglu, they are fantastic and so easy to keep clean compared to the wooden ones,another plus is theres now nowhere for the 'Red Mites' to hide!! I can't recommend these highly enough.
I have no idea the life span of a chicken, we have had them since May 2006, but when they go we shall either drop down to two big ones or four little bantams! Allotment Lady assures me that Bantams don't scratch, which means I would be able to let them out and about more!

Whilst we where moving the chickens, tango had found a lovely comfy spot on their bonfire pile!!

Everytime I go down to do my neighbours chickens at the same time as checking mine, he is there! He makes me chuckle!

I picked loads of peas yesterday, we have already eaten some

so we sat in the sunshine podding them. They make a very satisfying pop when you open them

and there are still more to come. Wonder if you can do anything with the pods? I'm sure you will tell me if there is!

all vacum packed and ready to freeze for that taste of summer in the winter! If they last that long!!!!!

Now for something beautiful

one of my Brugmansias has gone nuts flowering!!!