Every time we plan on taking a minor break from the blog we caution ourselves not to let it become an extended intermission. And yet it did. Again. Must try harder next time.
Anyway, we’re back again after another long hot summer. Now, in the first week of November, we’re wondering just when autumn might turn up as right now things are unseasonably warm. Nights are drawing in and the early mornings are cool but by mid-morning it’s hot enough to be sitting outside with a cup of coffee in just shorts and t-shirts.
The bougainvillea continues to put on a show, the pomegranates are ripening to perfection and the first of the mandarins are just starting to turn from their invisible green to their showy winter orange colour.
Returning to the summer, and our extended absence, it is safe to say that things haven’t gone quite to plan of late.
I could talk about learning experiences and the importance of chewing one’s food or I could just find a handy photo.
That, a piece of lamb bone, was embedded in Ian’s throat for a couple of weeks.
Unhelpfully it was several inches below his Adam’s apple meaning surgery was needed. Apparently the oesophagus has three concentric layers and the razor-sharp bone had punctured two of the three. One more and things would have been terminal.
It is said that there isn’t enough time to make all the mistakes in the world yourself so you should learn from others. So, chew your kleftico well people, the consequences can be serious if you don’t.
As if that weren’t drama enough the surgeons spotted another problem on the pre-op scans. ”Did you know?” They asked. ”No, no we did not. When shall we schedule the next round of surgery?” A more serious procedure from which he is still recovering.
In more cheerful news we snuck in a week in glorious Italy recently. Booked before the medical dramas, and technically inadvisable, we spent wonderful days pottering around the fantastic city of Bologna followed by some time in Venice staying at the superb Bauer Palladio. With a lucky piece of accidental timing we managed to be in Venice during the brief dry spell between two major floods.
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