Friday, 6 August 2010

Visits and visiting

Good Evening Friends,
Sorry for long silence however things have been fairly busy this end and really not that much news to report...First my darling Brother In Law is still in hospital after various ups and downs...He has been on a special antibiotic this week and thankfully it is working and today I have to say was the first day that he has been looking better and indeed was almost like his own self, laughing and teasing..Probably I know the results of the antibiotics working and the correct dose of painkillers....however it was just a delight to see him. We are hoping that he will be home by Tuesday. but will not get our hopes up to high as we have thought he might be home various days this week. everything is on hand and planned for his return home. A special hospital type bed was delivered this morning and our local Dr. and nurses are all primed to care for him and my dear Sister...So please just keep praying that we have the strength to keep going in the days to come. My niece Beth has come home to stay with her Mum, and Dad when he gets home. (She lives in Bristol and should be away to France on holiday with Max and Alex but has insisted that they go and of course they will be keeping in touch daily.) what a wonder to live in such an age that although many miles away we can be so close..
I have had visitors these last two weeks. Week one saw an old friend, the Father of one of the children I baby sat for some 48 years ago !! he is now very deaf and almost blind. He always tries to come down from Edinburgh once a year however the last time he was due to visit was the time that Jacqueline died (for new friends, Jacqueline was my Goddaughter Sarah and John's eldest daughter she died very suddenly and unexpectedly at age 47) then last year he discovered he was going blind but he did manage this years visit. He had only been gone over the weekend when another friend arrived from Edinburgh. Sheila and I have known each other for around 45 years. It has been lovely having her as she is a very easy visitor and just settles in so well. I have been visiting the hospital most days so we have not gone perhaps as far as we might have but she has just delighted in being in our lovely village.. I have also set her to work whilst she has been here !! she has re planted the window boxes as the dry weather has left the plants sadly dried up...also re did Mary's raised bed for her. Last night we three went out to dinner and as it was such a lovely evening we went for a little drive afterwords...Sheila has only visited here once before so the countryside around is all new to her. we went on roads that even I had never driven on before, taking little narrow lanes no wider than 8ft they were so little used that the grass was growing up the middle...I was praying that no car was coming the other way or someone.....who might it have been?? would have had to reverse a long long way !! thankfully all was well. Although a bit scary at times. when we were nearly home we passed a field full of rabbits and round a corner were delighted to see roe deer... Tomorrow I am having another visitor this time only for the day. It is the lady who lived here before Mum and I moved in 17 years ago..we have only met a couple of times since then as she now lives up in the Lake District, we will have so ouch to chat about and I will have so much to show her that has changed...Thankfully Sheila is still here so she will be helping me with the entertainment and getting the food ready. We went this morning to Chippenham and bought salad things also some strawberries that I will make into a pudding !!
Keep happy friends, and always remember to LOVE ONE ANOTHER,


  1. Hello my dear friend what a lovely surprise to see an entry from you ,and nice and long and newsy too ,hope all goes well for your Brother in Law .If my Gradson Iain gets home this weekend ,(He is stationed in Pompy till late August )I shall tell him he has an admirer lol Jan

  2. sounds like round here sybil. english countryside at its best. have a lovely day,take care,love mort xx.

  3. Thank you for the update. It sounds like your life is full of wonderful friends and loved ones. I hope and pray that John can get home soon and that it is wonderful for them to have their daughter home.

    I also pray that all your visits with friends will be wonderful.

    What is the weather like out your way?


  4. It's a delight to have an entry from you. The warmth of your personality comes shining through in your writing. I add my prayers for John and hope that he is able to come home soon.

  5. It's good to hear from you and to know that your sister's husband is doing a little better. We all know that what works for one doesn't always work for the other so I can see that it's taking a bit to get him some relief. I will continue praying as I know there are long days ahead. It's wonderful though that some friends have come to visit as you need a cheering up and friends can do that so well.
    Summertime is when most travel so we all try to make the most of precious days and weather.
    Take care and enjoy your company!

  6. I agree with Sheria, above. Your sweet personality comes through in your writing. I so wish I would someday have the pleasure of meeting you and Mary. But if that never happens, I certainly have enjoyed visiting with you on the 'puter. I do hope John will be able to come home and enjoy what time he has with his wife and daughter. Take care, dear friend. You are loved.

  7. Keeping your BIL as ever in my prayers. It is lovely to have company. I do enjoy it so very much myself. Obviously you are a much loved and treasured friend for so many people to want to come to spend time with you!! Isn't it a blessing! I think so! :-) xxoo

  8. I am glad that your BiL is doing better. I hope that he can come home Tues. I hope that the new antibiotic will continue to work. What is wrong with him? It sounds like he has had a hard go of it.

    I have great news..... I got a wonderful surprise for my birthday. Come over and share my joy.

    Have a good time with your visitors. How nice to have old friends spend time with you.

  9. Dear Sybs

    How lovely to read that you have had some good friends to visit with you. I have been very busy this summer with lots of friends and family too. It's been quite hectic. Phew! lol
    I'm so happy to read that John's hospital consultant has found a way of giving him relief, so that he can smile and joke again. Bless him!
    It can't be an easy time for Sarah or yourself but I know neither of you will dwell on the outcome of his illness as you make his time left a happy one for you all to remember.
    Enjoy your visitors.
    I hope John gets home soon to his more familiar surroundings.
    Give him my love and good wishes. Sarah too.xx
    Love always
    Jeanie xxxx