More hospital visits - after the marathon last year we both hoped we were on the roads to recovery. The farmer had X rays of hip and knee three weeks ago because both were giving him a lot of trouble. He went for the results yesterday and found to his relief that he does not need new joints but does need intensive physiotherapy. As I write this he is receiving just that from our physio, who luckily just happened to have a cancellation today.
I had to go yesterday all the way to hospital forty miles away in Middlesbrough (one of the down sides of living deep in the country). The farmer's joint problems mean that driving is painful at the moment, so I drove until we hit the town bit (I no longer drive in towns), but had to contend with the farmer sitting on the edge of the passenger seat, gripping his knees with his hands and giving a pretty good impression of a white knuckle ride!
The upshot is that I have to have a fingernail removed on my left middle finger to check whether the malformation of the nail is melanoma. This will happen as a day patient in around three weeks time - so another white knuckle ride on the outward journey, although the return journey will no doubt be a different matter.
Chimney sweep to the woodburner this morning - now, after lunch, the room is sparkling clean again and it is a good job done before winter.