Priscilla and I walked very early this morning, as soon as my carer had gone. There is an article in my this month's magazine devoted to legs and blood clots. It didn't tell me anything I didn't know but it did reinforce the need for me a) to walk and get as much exercise as I can and b) to always wear my compression stockings. I am due to visit the Specialist at our local hospital on the 3rd of August - at the vascular Clinic. It is important that I go and see him because there is no doubt I do need to wear stockings. Getting there is a problem at present as the Hospital Transport System phone is out of order and it is text only - something I am useless at - but I shall try again in the morning.
As always it i==s getting started on the walk that is the nuisance - once I get going I am fine - and, of course, Priscilla does as she is told (fingers crossed). I got back in time to switch on and watch The Ladies Cycle Road Race at The Olympic Games - it was incredible. I don't know how long it was (it took about four hours) but the same rider (Austrian) led from the beginning - tactics were thrown out of the window. I hope Rachel was watching - if so she is much more knowledgeable than I on such things. She was not expected to be in the medals at all but she never once faltered. W hat a surprise for those in the know.
A cup of coffee followed and a couple of chapters of my Book Group Book. It is the meeting on the first Monday in August. I have read the book before ('Never Let Me Go' by Ishiguro) but it is worth reading again - he writes well.
It is noticeably cooler today - just pleasant for the time of year. As usual all the lavender plants I pass - and there are many on my walk - are covered with pollinators. I stopped at one bush and roughly counted them - there were at least thirty bumble bees all different colours and sizes - all sated and covered with pollen; Summer is indeed in full flow. Few honey bees around but as friends S and T say - there are maybe few hives around here. I seem to remember from the days when my first husband and I kept bees that honeybees only go about a couple of miles from the hive.
When I was dead heading yesterday I saw the most beautiful snail on the fence. I am going out in a short while into the back garden to sit in the sun. I will take my camera with me and if it is still there I will photograph it and attempt once again to put the picture on here. So I may or may not see you later.
The pesky snail had moved about an inch from yesterday - but that inch was slipping through the gap between my house and next door so I can no longer see it all. I thought I would prise if off the wood and put it somewhere to photograph - I had no intention of harming it, it is far too beautiful - but by golly it had a hard grip or whatever snails have because I couldn't budge it. I shall now go on line and see it I can see what it is - if I find it I will report back.