Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Improvements

 Well all i can say about today is that  it has brought about improvements.   My gardeners D and J have had a bit of a rough ride which entailed a   few visits to hospital but now at the end of it all the news is good and yesterday they arrived to catch up and today to finish off.   Now, after lunch they have finished and everywhere looks neat and tidy - dead-headed giving time for gallardias and scabious to flower again, and all my numerous herbaceous geraniums (which being cut back to make nice clumps)to promise a good show in Autumn.  In addition the lawns are short and nice and green.  As I sit here at my computer the sun is shining on the garden and it seems to be full of orange-tip butterflies.

In addition the plumber came and put me a new tap on the bathroom wash basin  and that is another plus.   It no longer drips, wasting water.

Also my doctor rang for a chat and to say that after talking it over with another G P in the practice they have decided not to increase my medication at the moment but to see how things go over the next few weeks.   So we shall see.

So it is back to The Miller's Tale and The Knight's Tale and The Prologue in The Canterbury Tales ready for Book Group next week - and how easy it is to read in verse.

RIP Mikhail Gorbachev - that was the era when my first husband and I spent all our holidays in          the last days of the U S S R.   Moscow, Leningrad, The Trans Siberian Express, Alma Ata, Samarkand, Tashkent, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk.   It all seems so long ago now.

18 comments:

Tasker Dunham said...

All sounds positive today. It's good to feel one is making progress.

Barbara Anne said...

How nice to have the garden all tidy and other things in process as we move into September. Long ago I read a lovely book called "Plain and Simple" by Sue Bender. One of the lessons she learned from an Amish family was to take 'pleasure in the process' and not just a completed task. I try to be mindful of that.

Hugs!

Derek Faulkner said...

Another wind up Pat? - lawns are nice and short and green! Think it'll be Christmas before mine turns from brown to green.
Surprised that you have lots of Orange Tips, we only get them in the Spring down here. In fact it's been a pretty poor summer for butterflies in general here.

the veg artist said...

Sorry Derek, but our lawns here in West Wales are nice and green as well. It started raining on the day our hosepipe ban came into effect, and rained quite heavily for days. Our garden seems completely confused - look one way and it seems like autumn, another and the roses are still coming strong. Good news about the meds Weave, if the docs are leaving things as they are for a while?

Rachel Phillips said...

I hope the GP apologised for all that when before in your relationship with him. Our grandparents knew how to live, and die, unaided by the doctors and all was well with peace and quiet at the end of life.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes Rachel I do agree that we are living too long. And yes my GP did apologise - he is an army doctor based at the Garrison and only works \monday to Wednesday at our practice. But they have decided to leave things as they are for the moment in case my seizures wrre caused by temperature.

Anonymous said...

How amazing to have gone to Samarkand! It sounds the height of exotic and far away.

Ceci

Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law travelled to many exotic and different places in her senior years. There was a program on tv recently about King Island, a remote tiny island off the top of Tasmania, and yes, she had been there too ! Glad your garden is going well and your health o.k.- Pam, Aust. -

Joanne Noragon said...

Your garden sounds pruned and patted to excess and will be lovely for fall.
Your travels in the USSR sound too good to be true; nevertheless, there you were. Fantastical experience.

Susan said...

A lovely Autumn garden will give you much pleasure. Your travels to Russia must give you many fond memories. The heat has caused lots of problems for everyone. If you like and have confidence in your doctor, this is both important and very good.

NewRobin13 said...

It is so interesting that you and your husband traveled on many holidays to the USSR. Now I'm wondering what it was like there back in those days.
Really glad your garden is being taken care of so well.

Red said...

I liked what Gorby did for the world.. It's too bad Putin got his hands on things.

Debby said...

Oh, Pat. It was such a different world. I'm trying to imagine a time when you could travel freely in the Soviet Union. I had a teacher friend who talked about the summer she and her husband traveled by car through the mid east on their own.

Hilde said...

I haven´t seen green laws for a long time, we had the last rain at the beginning of July, and even then it was just a few millimeters. I barely managed to keep our hydrangeas alive. Yesterday we had some rain for about two hours, just enough to fill th water butt.
Poor Mr Gorbatchev, how hard must it have been for him to watch Putin destroy all the progress and democratization he had implemented in Russia.
Hilde in Germany

Librarian said...

I am with Hilde and Derek there when it comes to NOT seeing green lawns. Rain was forecast here for yesterday but never materialised, in spite of grey skies until the early afternoon. Then the sun was back and is supposed to last for at least another week.

Jules said...

I've noticed more butterflies this last week than I have all through summer. X

Rachel Phillips said...

Up until the Russian invasion of Ukraine it has been easy to travel to Russia once you have been to the visa agency in London and obtained your visa. However, due to sanctions imposed by the UK Gov because of the war there are no longer direct flights to Russia from the UK and it is not possible to buy tickets for trains in Russia from the UK because we are not to give Russians any money. Russia still allows and welcomes foreign tourists but you have to get there by different routes via countries that have not sactioned against Russia. It is still possible to visit Uzbekistan and see Samarkand as Russians sanctions do not apply to Uzbekistan.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Firstly Rachel touches on doctors. Here we are a country practice with only three resident doctors all of whom are part time and we do seem to have trouble getting staff. Speaking personally I have absolutely no complaintsat all about the practice - many do but .I do know they are run off their feet and have dealt with my problems to their best ability. Now we must wait and see what happens and then try to deal with it.
As to travel and Russia I will try to deal with that in my post.

Thanls everyone.