Monday, 26 August 2013

Mellow Fruitfulness.

The two phrases which rarely go together here in the UK are 'Bank Holiday Monday' and 'Wall-to-Wall sunshine.'   But today is a very welcome exception.   The sun has shone all day and it is warm and still.

A friend came round for coffee and we could have been sitting outside in the sun but we both prefer to sit inside and admire the sunshine through the window.

Tess and I had our walk after lunch and the weather was glorious - but there is somehow a hint of Autumn in the air.   Most of the wild flowers have gone to seed, the berries have ripened, the apples on the tree near to the kitchen are a bright red and although small they suggest sweetness (I might try one in a minute), the rowan tree is laden with berries and the buddleia is covered in late butterflies.   Yes, Autumn has arrived.

I found the MRI Scan fascinating.   I only had to have my foot and ankle in the machine so there was no feeling of claustrophobia which some folk speak about  The noises were intense but as I had to remove my hearing aid and as my head was not in the machine, it could have been much louder.   I kept worrying about my daughter-in-law who had to have a full body scan and was following me into the machine.   I thought how much harder it would be for her.

When it finished I found it impossible to get up - my whole body seemed to have locked!!   But once I got going I was back to normal very quickly.   My daughter in law took it all in her stride, as she does all ill health.   Now we both await results.

Back to Autumn - a pheasant has decided that its bed for the night is one of our fir trees by the farmhouse.   It might think it is well hidden but of course there is a pile of droppings under where it roosts, which completely gives the game away.  I won't bore you by putting on a photograph of said pile, but there are always a few feathers around and I thought this one in the photograph was particularly beautiful.


Heather said...

It has been a perfect day here too Pat. Cool and overcast this morning so very comfortable for gardening, and beautiful sunshine this afternoon which was perfect for sitting and admiring the fruits of my labours.
I hope you and your daughter-in-law don't have long to wait for your scan results, and find treatment to improve life for both of you.
I love the delicate markings on the feather. There are plenty of signs of late summer here but not quite autumn yet. The blackberries are late this year.

angryparsnip said...

We are still in full summer monsoon weather. The last several afternoons and evening we have had several storms building up so we are getting more rain which we need.
I love the feather so beautiful.
Hope both of your scans results come back with good news.

cheers, parsnip

the veg artist said...

Lovely weather in West Wales too! I've had an MRI of my head, and, as my hearing is perfect, I can tell you that it is LOUD!

Elizabeth said...

So glad you are all enjoying a super Bank Holiday Monday.
Our daughter said it was bliss.

I miss rowan berries.
Thank God, I have never had to have an MRI.
Well done, both of you, surviving it!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I do appreciate the MRI report, as I have to get one myself on Wednesday. Injured hip. Ouch. I've never had one before but have been warned to expect loud noises. My husband says it sounds like the washing machine when its unbalanced. I plan to close my eyes and think of England.

jill said...

Oh poor you having to go in the scanner and your daughter in law must be a very brave person to go in there full body. I had to have one on my knee and went in just about shoulder level and I was terrified I hate been in enclosed places its horrible. The days are drawing in now and the evenings are a bit chilli but fresh to sleep which is good. Take care love Jill xx

Cloudia said...

Glad you both survived your time in the tube well.

How lovely to experience the times and joys you share with us!

ALOHA, Friend
from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

Gwil W said...

I had my shoulder scanned in such a machine. Obviously my head was inside too. I'll always remember the infernal noise of the apparatus. I wonder what makes it so loud.

Robin Mac said...

I hope you both get satisfactory results from the MRI - I have had several, but my head has never been inside thank goodness. The noise was almost unbearable when I was only up to my shoulder in it! I love the feather. Cheers

The Weaver of Grass said...

In the paper shop this morning, when I went in to pay my weekly bill, I caught sight of a headline which said that we have plenty more warm sunny weather to come - so get out in it everyone and build up that vitamin D for the winter months - stave off coughs and colds!!

Thanks for calling.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Glad your scan went well.

I love this time of year, baby birds everywhere and all the berries ripening (the blackberries promise to be as wonderful in a short while as the raspberries already have been)