Monday, 14 August 2017

Saying it Quietly.............. I don't want to tempt fate, but there are No hospital visits this week. The first week without for months and months.
Col has had umpteen tests - lungs, heart, kidneys, ENT - you name it and it's been checked.  Now all we have to do is wait for news of when the donor stem cell treatment will happen. Maybe a bit later than we thought due to the donor having the stem cells taken under general aneasthetic from the spine rather than from the blood.
Next week it's back to what is now normal with two trips to hospital -  Addenbrookes and then Ipswich or it might be the other way round.
What shall we do with our week "off?"
 Definitely visit gorgeous granddaughter, Col wants to get the concrete sorted for the new hard standing for the oil tank and perhaps we'll actually get to the beach hut.

Meanwhile here's another book review. The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons.
 Front Cover
  This was  an author I knew nothing about.

 3 Brothers and their Father return to Hartgrove Hall Estate after the war. The house had been requisitioned and left in a poor state. There's no money for repairs and The General wants to demolish it. The 3 sons come up with a plan to farm the land themselves which means that Harry - the youngest will have to leave university and abandon his musical career. Jack, the eldest son, arrives at Hartgrove with Edie Rose, a singer who has become famous for her patriotic songs during the war. Harry is instantly in love with Edie - their joint love of music being the connection.
The story moves between the 1940's/ 50's and 50 years later when Harry - as an old man, has to find a way through grief.
Music and musicians............ playing, writing, listening and singing is the theme of this book along with love, betrayal,guilt and forgiveness.
 I enjoyed it hugely and have ordered another of her books from the library.

Thank you for so many comments on Saturday's post, I didn't realise it would generate such an interesting discussion.
 The conclusion seems to be that if couples can find a way to organise their money so that it doesn't cause arguments or resentment then that has to be good for them both.

Back  Tomorrow


  1. Enjoy the appointment free week together, you deserve it.

  2. I'm glad this is a hospital free week for you! Excellent news. I am wishing you a sunshiney couple of days (because you know, it's me, let's not get carried away here!), so you can get to the beach hut and have a lovely day, and the concrete can go off nicely.
    Loved your previous post! xx

  3. I hope you're able to make the most of your week Sue. Love to you both. X

  4. Remember to take some time just to be...x

  5. Enjoy your week off from hospitals. You both deserve a break. Hope the weathers good for a beach hut trip.

  6. Enjoy your free week, I hope the weather allows you a visit to the beach hut.

  7. Looks like everyone else has mentioned my thoughts already- enjoy this quiet time together.
    Even if it does rain you could always snuggle up inside the beach hut with a Blanket and A Book.

  8. Good luck with your week off.
    I shall look for that book in the library as I have to dfind a book for book club - it is my turn next.

  9. Fingers, toes and everything crossed xox

  10. Oh I vote for the beach hut, fine weather, gentle conversation - blissing out!

    We had a long haul of monthly medical visits - this feels like school holidays.

  11. Enjoy your week off from hospital, you certainly both deserve a break. Visiting your gorgeous granddaughter and the beach hut sounds ideal and I hope Col enjoys sorting his concrete out :) xx

  12. I really don't think you two know how to rest! But, whatever, you do, I hope it's a great week for both of you. :~)

  13. Have a wonderful "week off!" That book sounds like it's "right up my alley."

  14. A week off from doctors must feel heavenly! Enjoy the time.