Well, I've had quite a long break from blogging, but I now have much more time on my hands due to this:
I have a very badly broken leg thanks to this:
(Bodie with his favourite Christmas present)
Bodie got very excited on a New Year walk with friends and ran straight into my legs, sending me up into the air and down again onto frozen ground. He knew instantly he'd been a very bad boy and kept licking my head as I was lying on a path in the middle of nowhere. Sweet, but not that helpful! Anyway, the long and short of it is after a week in hospital and surgery to pin my leg and reconstruct my ligaments I am off work and on crutches for at least another 2 months (having been off for 5 weeks already). I thought initially I would be off the crutches in another couple of weeks, but it is not to be, and I will be forced to drink my cups of tea in the kitchen for a while longer as I can't carry tea and use crutches at the same time!
Although this has been a real pain (literally and metaphorically) it has made me relax properly for the first time in ages. I am not a TV watcher so daytime TV has not sucked me in, and I have been spending my time reading, crocheting these (a blanket for Ruth made from all different squares - total 18 and counting)
and these - although the flowers are still to be added (idea courtesy of Posy)
and sorting out recipes etc. I have been so touched by the kindness of my friends who have been taking me out in a wheelchair, coming armed with flowers, cards and treats, and bringing the children home from school. We live very near the school that I work in and children have been putting cards through the door on their way home and waving every night as they go past. Several people have said I am looking 10 years younger, which either means I was looking 43 before, or I'm now looking 23!
Andy has been an absolute star - he is a fab cook anyway, but he has also been dealing with all the washing, ironing, cleaning (ish) and lunch boxes etc whilst I recline on the sofa directing operations! All this and he's still working full time. He is pretty weary, but we are off to Northumberland tomorrow for a week in a cottage with my family, so he will get a break from the responsibility and be able to play golf to his hearts content! I may have to treat him to a weekend away when I can walk again, too. He even cleaned the bathroom for the first time in the 14 years we have been together, so having a broken leg isn't all bad!
I have been following all your blogs and was in 2 minds about whether to start mine again, but I did miss it and the community that I felt a part of through my blog, so I thought I'd give it another go, even though I don't have a huge amount to talk about at the moment. I'm looking forward to the next week and a change of scenery - hopefully some pics of ruined castles, deserted beaches and pretty countryside (and also some great shops including RE and Barter Books) will give me inspiration for blogging!
Well, I'm off to leave you all some comments! Hope you have a relaxing and fun half term (and a romantic Valentine's Day).