Another Landmark Day

This morning, after many weeks of having our groceries delivered, we went shopping properly.

Our choice was Sainsburys, where we know the aisles are a little wider, and we went late in the morning when we hoped it would be quiet. It was as good as we could have wished for. There were no queues to get in, and people were keeping a good distance between themselves and others.

Of course we both wore our masks, and a lot of other people were also protecting themselves.

This was the most expensive shopping we have had for many weeks, but £10 of that was for a new memory stick, to be used with my video editing project.

I started another project this morning. The floor in our bathroom is cork tiles on top of the original ‘wet room’ floor. Neither of us are fans of cork anymore, and we have planned to get those tiles up for a long time.

There have been a couple of attempts already, but the tiles are stuck on with some quite effective adhesive, and hence the tiles are reluctant to let go of the floor.

I began with a chisel, and managed to get a bit of a single tile up, but it was not very successful. I stopped for a cup of coffee, and covered the area in some soapy water.

Later on, I started again, and the soaked area was certainly proving a little easier. After probably about 45 minutes total work, I think I have managed to get a single tile off.

That means it should be completed by Christmas.

Plan B, and Deb poured some virtually boiling water over the target area, to see if that will encourage the adhesive to soften a little.

While the water soaked in, I powered up the laptop to look at the video situation. I finally bought the video editing software yesterday, and it almost crashed my laptop. Today it seems the software has bedded itself in, and the machine is allowing me to multi-task again.

I began to edit some video footage from our first cruise in 2000, and discovered my original attempts at creating a film were not looking very good. It looks like the video material I have uploaded from historical files has been corrupted.

I gave up for the day.

It was time to have a bit of physical exercise, and so I took to the bike again for another 5k as I listened to four tracks of my music. That certainly worked up a sweat.

Our grandson had a much lighter cast put on his arm yesterday. The x-ray of the elbow looks fine, so perhaps Oliver will be off to school again today. There are not many days left before the school holidays begin, and he enjoys being in school with his friends.

Well, that just about brought me up to date, so time now to wash my hair, and relax until dinner time.

Bi for now people.

Sapphire Wedding Anniversary

Deb and I have been married 45 years today.

They said it would never last.

We have had some wonderful years together, two lovely children plus a grandson.

Sadly, because of the Covid situation, we have nothing planned, and I haven’t managed to buy a sapphire for my wonderful wife. Perhaps we can treat ourselves tonight, and have another bottle of wine.

The day here at Roseland Parc is unpredictable with warm sunshine, which changes in just a few minutes to grey sky and the hint of drizzle. At least we fitted in a walk around the village during the morning to stretch our legs.

I spent most of the morning playing yet again with various video editing apps to see what works to my satisfaction before having to splash out and buy the full package. I had just about decided on what to buy, but wanted to check out a few final bits. Unfortunately I am now presented with the – “Your trial period has expired” message.

At least I have had one major success, and that was to convert a home made DVD back to a basic format that I can play direct onto the television from a USB stick. That enables me to get rid of the spare DVD copies, and store a backup in my software files.

Deb has just gone to have a workout on the Wii, and I will be having a session on the exercise bike for four tracks of my music. That gets me to about 5km.

Well, the lockdown is slowly but surely coming to an end, and hopefully that will also soon mean we can have access to our swimming pool again. That will give me an alternative way of pushing up my heart-rate and push my legs a little more.

Our grandson, Oliver, is not in so much pain with his elbow anymore, and will be getting a proper support cast tomorrow afternoon (Monday). That should be a lot lighter and allow him to be more comfortable.

Just a short update today.

Keep yourselves safe everyone.

A Morning at Heligan

Friday, and this morning Deb and I drove to the Lost Gardens of Heligan for the first time since March. We had planned to go there at least once a month to watch how the gardens changed through the year, but Covid stopped us from capturing the change from Spring to Summer.

It is a wonderful place to visit, and we decided today might be a good chance to make the most of the peace and quiet, before the tourists begin to arrive.

For those who have never been to Heligan, it has a lot of different things to see. There are two walled gardens, where fruit, vegetables, and flowers grow in long rows, or in greenhouses for the more delicate, and exotic plants.

The site is quite vast, and there are numerous walks to get exercise, with nature as your companion. One of the walks is based on a tropical forest and is called the Burma Trail. It has amazing bamboo and other typical trees as you walk down through a valley with a stream meandering between three or four large ponds. Although not in use at the moment, there is a rope bridge to cross over the water as you look down on the green delights below.

At the bottom of the valley you turn and go up the other side of the river, while enjoying more examples of tropical forest vegetation. When I say ‘up‘, it truly is a climb up the steep hill, and made our hearts beat faster, and lungs to sigh with surprise.

Another, and longer walk, goes virtually all around the public area of the gardens for those who enjoy a more lengthy bit of scenic exercise. You begin at the top of the site, by walking down a forest path surrounded by more typical British trees and bushes. It is so peaceful with just the sound of the tree leaves rustling in the wind, with the occasional bird song.

At the bottom there is a lake formed from the river in the Tropical area, before beginning the climb back up again. This walk can take an hour if you simply stroll and enjoy the views.

The Gardens have some rare breed animals to look at as well. Today it was two very large pigs, three sheep, two goats, two turkeys, plus an assortment of ducks and geese. In the past we have also seen cows and horses, but they were absent this morning.

There are large areas of lawn to sit and eat a picnic, or two cafes to enjoy a pasty, or cream tea, after the exertion of the walking.

Today we had our first cups of coffee since we came home from the cruise in March.

Of course there are shops as well to buy souvenirs, or plants, and another outlet offers fruit and vegetables, plus local fresh meat products.

We only stayed there for less than two hours, and could have spent far longer, but we knew rain was forecast, and we were back home before midday.

Other news for this week –

On Monday evening our grandson (in Bridgewater) was being his usual boisterous self, when he lost his balance and crashed through a glass table. He avoided cutting himself, but hurt his elbow.

His comment to his mother was – “I have broken my bones“.

Our daughter and son-in-law took him to the hospital, where, after a long wait, the x-ray showed that he had broken his elbow quite seriously. He was allowed home that night (early morning) with a temporary plaster, but had to return on the Tuesday morning for an operation.

It was mid-afternoon when he eventually went into the operating theatre where he had a 4-hour operation to reposition, and pin his elbow. The surgeon told our daughter that the bone had completely broke away and turned 180 degrees within the arm. He had never seen anything like this before.

Anyway, Oliver spent the night in hospital before coming home on Wednesday morning. He still has a temporary cast, but that will be changed for a lighter one next week. He will then go back in a few weeks time to have the pins removed.

He seems to be coping, but still having a lot of pain.

Our daughter messaged us this morning (Friday) to say that after all the things that Oliver had gone through this week, she had to upset him by refusing to let him play of the trampoline – he must be getting better.

So I am sorry for the lack of posts this week, but, as you can appreciate, our thoughts have been elsewhere.

Whatever you do this week in the new age of freedom, please be careful!