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Disappointment, hospital and garden disasters

emailEmails are the strangest things. If you send a nasty message to an address you will have a reply with in the hour. If, however,  you send an email that requires a 10 second  “yes ” or “no ” response to the same address, the chances of a reply are fairly remote. Strange that!! I was waiting for an email that never came and I fear is unlikely to come now. Oh well, things happen – or in this case, don’t!  Disappointment aside, it has been a busy week visiting people in hospital and one in Palliative Care. Accident in town and elderly lady killed in a car collision. Actually as a passenger  she survived the collision but died in hospital. Car accidents and rushed to hospital are not great for an 85 year old. Don’t know if anything happened yesterday but the Royal Flying Doctor Service  flew in late at night.  There is still an air of – depression is too strong a word – but more a feeling of unease about the future.  Many people, despite the assurances in the press, don’t really trust what they are being told and although there seems to be more orders, four and a half billion dollars, is a lot to try and pay back. Also the company is up for sale and the fact that the good Arrium is be sold off first leaving the steelworks and the South Australian Mining Operations – which are the loss makers in the business – to bring up the rear and whoever thinks about buying the steelworks and the mining operations will have to consider the massive debt that goes with it. The administrator believes that the company will be on the market in July and that the steelmaker  could have a new owner by Christmas. There are interested parties – so we are told – but six months before we know anything.

For a number of reasons the back garden is not a place to wander in the dark. It is so overgrown now that I fear for my safety. I think there might be lions in there hiding in the undergrowth. Between a whole host of things I have let it become very neglected. I would show you photographs but I wont because it is so bad I am ashamed to let anyone see it. Even when I brought in the

How blue the water looks. This is the Spencer Gulf. Not my photograph

How blue the water looks. This is the Spencer Gulf.  Taken from the Hill.         Not my photograph

 

workman to give me a quote to clear it and  I explained to him what I wanted done.  Anyway he did give me a quote which I found quite reasonable, so, he is coming with his equipment to clear the  place and take everything back down to the bare earth. Once that’s done I will then decide what I want done with the area. I have plans – well ideas more than plans – but it will mean a trip to Adelaide (Bunnings) to get the things I want. Why not shop locally,  after all we have three big hardware stores here? Very simply they don’t have what I want, whereas I know Bunnings do. Ho yes they can order it but it takes ages and costs more and then they slap on a delivery charge. Much better to empty the trailer and go to Bunnings  – yes, it’s a 370 mile round trip, but worth it.

I have another funeral to prepare for but at least I have enough time to get things set up, printed and collated.  It will all have to be done on my printer again and I will have to charge for the ink – it’s too much otherwise. With any reasonable luck we should have the church photocopier repaired and returned by the end of this week. But once again almost an entire ream – 400  – printed sheets  and there was some wastage this time  – I printed some sheets in the wrong sequence –  oops. Busy few days with the workmen coming on the Tuesday and the funeral on the Wednesday.   The photograph is the Whyalla shore taken from the Lookout on the Hill. I think it was taken only a few days ago when we had some sun between the rain. I took some photographs down at the wetlands of the birds and the ducks. Haven’t sorted them out yet. Benji is having a hard time at the moment. We have not been out for a walk this morning. I will detail this in another post.

 

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6 comments on “Disappointment, hospital and garden disasters

  1. John…what can i say..firstly we have just returned from a whirlwind trip to the US..we arrived home to a parcel..hubby and i are moved beyond words at the beautiful mugs with our darling boys tribute..thankyou seems totally inadequate..i was wanting to reply on thursday but jetlag had us both laid low! We had planned the trip in january and after talks with the vet and boarding staff were assured the time in boarding for Doc would help his grieving process..seems it did..he played with some Jack Russels had a great time and for 10 days forgot his sadness..we miss our Forrest so badly and the distraction for us was good..but of course coming home we have had our moments again…i cannot tell you how much we both are humbled by your beautiful gift and they will be treasured always…i hope Benji is ok..we have seen too much sad in the blog animal world..i also have a garden that will need a lot of work..grief takes hild and garden priority seems to be on the bottom of the list..Phil has been unable to mow the back as the memories hurt him..i have told him we need to get it back in order..Forrest loved his backyard and would be sad to see it in disarray..i am hoping all goes as well as can be for the funeral..and i hope that while a political campaign is in full swing that maybe the pollies will try a little harder to help out places such as Adelaide! Many thanks and a huge hug Bev x

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    • Thank you Bev,. I missed the Waves and Wags tribute so I thought this would help. I didn’t know you were on holiday and I was so concerned that in doing what I did I might have caused offense and that was the last thing I wanted. I am glad you liked them and thank you again for your kind words. Benji is fine and in some ways I am pleased that he does not respond to the WaWa or defend himself. I fear the outcome could be serious – for the WaWa. I am just a tad concerned about the “unknown years” and what happened to him

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      • No offence at all John..just bad timing i was not home..we were very touched such a beautiful gesture indeed..i wonder also at Benji’s past…sadly they can speak only in actions..the life of many rescues a mystery..poor boy..and the WaWa is lucky not to be set upon since size would not be on her side!

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  2. Sorry you’re having a real go of it. Hopefully a revamped garden will make life appear a bit more pleasant. Thinking of you and sending healing thoughts (albeit digitally) to ease all that you’re carrying in your heart. ღ

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    • Thank you. The back garden has been cleared and I now have a workable space. I have also arranged to have the back fence renewed so I’m at a bit of a halt until that happens. I am keeping the WaWa and Benji apart as much as possible and encouraging the WaWa to go outside more often – that seems to be neutral area where they actually play together. Things are settling a bit and right at the moment a bit is good :o)

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