Friday, 4 March 2016

Friday update

One of the down sides of village life is that rumour abounds and I doubt you could get away with much without everyone knowing all about it.   Providing everything you do is 'above board' and you don't care about folk knowing, then this is fine.

This morning I have heard two more versions of the reason for the Air Ambulance calling.   The victim's name has remained the same - I heard yesterday that he had fallen from a ladder (as he is over eighty this is most unlikely), this morning at coffee I heard that he had fallen down stairs and the farmer came in from the Auction Mart to say that a farmer there (and a neighbour of the victim) said he had fallen in the bathroom.   Whichever version is correct all can be serious at that age and the good news is that he was home again by the evening.   So hopefully no real damage done this time.

We awoke to a  thick covering of wet snow this morning and a cold North easterly wind blowing.   It is very cold and wintry and although the snow has gone now, washed away by three or four heavy sleet showers during the morning, it is still very wintry and a day for sitting by the log burner, which we are doing.

I invent cyptic quizzes for our Local Nature Reserve (Foxglove Covert LNR if you wish to look at their web site) on the Catterick Military Garrison.  They are sold at £1 a copy for their funds and I 
have promised one for Easter, so I am busy compiling one, this time on colours.   It is proving quite difficult, but is good for the old brain.

21 comments:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

We had a blast of very heavy rain, but no snow last night. Thank god.

I worry like mad about my mum falling.

Mac n' Janet said...

I think people use to be better behaved when everyone knew their business. Glad the elderly gentleman is home again.

donna baker said...

Unfortunately, falling is commonplace when we age and start to wobble on our feet and lose balance. I missed a step on a step ladder the other day (only two steps) and the week before stepped on a pad and flew across the tile floor First thing out of bed. It is hard to think first and be careful when our minds are full throttle ahead. Weather there sounds horrid, but glad your brain is getting a workout.

Frances said...

It's good to learn that the injured gentleman was able to return home. I agree that falls can surprise any of us. I think I've read that most happen within the home.

Light snow fell here overnight, but thank goodness it was followed by sunshine, not sleet.

I am very impressed by your creating those cryptic puzzles.

Best wishes.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Are cyptic quizzes a bit like cryptic quizzes Mrs Weaver? What's the difference?

Nice to hear that the gentleman's fall wasn't too injurious.

the veg artist said...

I'm a faller. The last time, I hit my head very loudly on the bathroom floor, with immediate swelling. I had just finished my shower, so looked a bit bedraggled when my husband marched me into our A&E (late afternoon). The receptionist immediately decided I must be drunk because I was in such a state. It took her a while, and then only because I was able to give personal information myself, and rapidly, to realise that I was terrified of brain damage, and referred me to a doctor.

It's been eighteen months, and my skull still hurts when I'm tired. My husband says my art is better. I'm more conscious of life.

Dartford Warbler said...

Our village is very much like yours Pat. Rather like Chinese Whispers, the facts do get changed and embroidered as they make there way from one person to another.

Encouraging to hear that your old gentleman is not badly hurt. One of out village elders is in hospital having surgery for a broken leg, following a fall. Not a good experience for someone in her nineties.

Elizabeth said...

Glad the air ambulance user managed to be home the same day. Old age is not for cissies, I'm afraid!
Weather here rather like yours -snowy but not really horribly cold.
Brain teasers are rather fun - when not too very difficult!
Have a peaceful weekend.

Dawn McHugh said...

Chinese whispers are great, or should that be village whispers :-)

Terra Hangen said...

I am happy your neighbor returned home quickly. Does he live with people? Maybe you could bring him some baked goods to say welcome back and check on him.
Nice you are writing the quiz as a fund raiser.

Librarian said...

In the end, it doesn't really matter all that much how/where the man fell, but that he is obviously not injured seriously. Otherwise, he would not have been able to return home so quickly, would he.

I love quizzes!!! Could you post the questions (or at least some of them) on here for us to have a go?

Gwil W said...

At least the old man was lucky and got the bonus of a free helicopter ride. They'll buy him drinks if he goes to the pub. He'll be an Andy Warhol short term celebrity. I'm reminded of an air show where I queued up for a helicopter ride. When finally I got to the front of the queue they said the helicopter rides are now finished and they returned my money. Ten or fifteen minutes later a Breitling plane failed to pull out of an acrobatic dive and crashed killing the pilot. In life you never know how the dice are going to fall. Lady luck is a mysterious woman.

Terry and Linda said...

That's the thing about Spring...winter still tries to linger on...like a bad penny!

Linda

Joanne Noragon said...

My sympathy to your old man. I fell in my bathroom in the middle of the night. When I hit the floor on my shoulder it exploded with a bang. It was broken. Keep that explosion in mind and you will be sure you are stable before advancing. Hold onto railings like they were your child's hand, at the curb.

Toni said...

My parents are in their late 80's and it is hard to make them not take chances, like getting on a ladder! I'm glad your neighbor is home.

We used to live in a tiny community and everyone knew everything about everyone. In a way, it was nice because we recognized strangers as strangers. We kept our eye out for each other. Usually, when something was said about someone that wasn't true, it could be traced back to who started it and we would call them on their stuff. We had each other's backs!

Heather said...

So pleased the injured man is back home already. It's quite comical how many versions of an event can be circulated - a bit like Chinese Whispers.
We have had what I call 'Fat Rain' today. It is rain which is trying to become snow but doesn't quite make it. The temperature goes up and down like a yo-yo but we may get more springlike conditions next weekend. I am in hibernation mode until that happens.

Acornmoon said...

I would not be too sure about discounting the fall from a ladder due to age. My dad fell from the step ladders at the age of 96, he had climbed up to clean the top of the curtain pelmet as you do, but missed his footing on the way down. His GP made me promise to confiscate his ladders!

Maria said...

Rumours are similar to the broken telephone game. Good to hear that the gentleman is home again. Greetings Maria x

thelma said...

Weather is so cold with that wind, no snow but continuous rain. Good luck with your cryptic quiz.

Coppa's girl said...

Step ladders do become dangerous as we age and become less agile - we usually have our minds on the job in hand, and not the steps.
Good to know that the old gentleman is home, so it wasn't anything too serious.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for the comments. Today's blog post gives you the final update!!!