l've had lots of hospital and doctors appointments just lately, sorting out injections, medication etc plus a colonoscopy for a gall bladder complaint, there're still a couple more appointments to go next week but l'm coming to terms with the fact that 'this is how it's going to be from now on'.
l'm still not doing so well with the walking and a lovely hike with my DH, which l've been dreaming of, is seemingly out of the question for the forseeable future.
But l am pottering in the garden again and enjoying it too.
l'm also trying to walk a little further every day, each fifty or so steps are interspaced with frequent sits down and l've bought a little light and brightly coloured portable fishing stool which folds down into a small space, l've made a little bag for it to fit in, to take with me to use if l can't find a convenient step, log, stone or step to perch upon.
lt's a little bit low but if l place it near to a wall or tree or something else convenient that l can use to help me get up it should be ok. l haven't had cause to use it whilst l've been out yet but my little grandson thinks it's fantastic and pulls it out at every chance he gets!
Last week l was at a hospital about forty miles away for my colonoscopy and the last of the seCAT tests so we decided to take a scenic route on the way back home and enjoyed a visit to a forested area.
The weather was very warm and humid, it had been almost stifling in hospital even with every available door and window open so it was lovely to feel a gentle breeze blowing through the car's windows as we motored along.
Entering the forest it was so much cooler, the shade was very welcome as the sun filtered through the trees dappling the ride where we parked.
There were birds singing high in the canopy, DH had his spare binoculars, always kept handy in the car, and soon homed in on them. Pretty long tailed tits resplendent in their pink, black and and grey livery flitted excitedly in a large family group working their way through the tops of the pines picking off small spiders and insects. We watched them for a while until they suddenly all departed en masse as if someone had blown a whistle to tell them 'time's up'.
We walked down the ride, a wide and grassy pathway between trees, and turned off into a small sunlit glade. There were large flat rocks placed at the entrance to deter cross country bikers and encourage them to stick to the bike trails, one of the stones made a very convenient seat for me but caused much consternation when l had to cross over it to enter the glade...lol...l just could not lift my leg high enough without anything to hold on to so DH, who had already clambered over, had to come back and push me from behind...lol...it would have made a good comedic moment for any watchers but it's not so funny not having enough push in my leg to climb over a foot high stone!
The glade, when l eventually made it in, was full of yellow crosswort, purple viper's bugloss and common spotted orchids in varying shades of pink all growing among the grasses. Bees lolled lazily from flower to flower and small chocolate brown butterflies with beige edges to their small circle covered wings fluttered around, they were newly emerged ringlets dancing in the sunshine.
l had the same palaver leaving the glade as l did entering but it was nice to sit in the sunshine for a while before DH helped haul me up and we continued on out way down the ride.
There were muddy patches with deer slots betraying their presence but we didn't see any.
l was ready for another sit down and knew there was a stile up ahead but, shock...horror, the stile was gone and a barbed wire fence blocked our way. Where to sit...l looked around in panic but there was nothing so l leaned as low as l could over the fence, wary of the barbed wire, but it didn't really help. The ground was wet and muddy so l didn't fancy that but l was edging towards falling over anyway so a wet, muddy bottom it would have to be!
Where was my little fold up stool when l needed it, back in the car that's where!
lt's still a bit of a novelty which l haven't quite got used to yet so l hadn't thought to take it with me.
DH helped me sit down, it's so hard when your back is relentless pain and your knee won't bend, but down l got and there l stayed for five minutes before having to be helped up and then finding out just how uncomfortable a soggy bottom is!!
l still couldn't make the walk back to the car though, l was doubled over for all the world like a little chimpanzee, and DH had to go and collect it and bring it down to me, driving where a car just shouldn't have to drive and worrying if he was going to get bogged down...but we made it.
All in all l only managed about sixty yards, which is very good going for me, and even though l had an uncomfortable and damp ride home sat on a plastic bag so the car seat didn't get wet and muddy, l really enjoyed it.
l paid for it overnight and the next day though, the pain in my shins was terrible for a few hours but l was so pleased with myself l would do it again...maybe minus the soggy bottom next time though!
A few photos for you:
My little folding stool
Long tailed tit
Common spotted orchid complete with white tailed bee
Male ringlet butterfly