Saturday, April 27, 2013

There and back again

I haven’t been blogging or visiting blogs much these past two weeks as we went for a week in the UK. It was our first visit home for 8 years. We flew to and came back from East Midland’s airport. It only took around one and a half hours. We tried out acupuncture bracelets for travel sickness; we highly recommend them. I also put in ear plugs as I really suffered with pain as the air pressure changed last time we flew. I put them in for takeoff and landing and I had no problems whatsoever!

 We stayed for a couple of nights with our eldest son C and J. It’s 10 years since C moved to the UK. It’s quite strange being looked after by your children. We were taken out for two lovely meals and treated to homemade Paella too. I don’t know how I only managed to put on 1 kilo. They also put us up for the night before we left.

We hired a car and headed for Rob’s mother’s house and stayed with her for the middle part of our visit. She’s 90 now and we hadn’t seen her for a few years. She looks surprisingly well and gets around very slowly using a frame and various bars around the house. We took her out for a walk in her wheelchair and did simple things like eating fish and chips which we all enjoyed. I visited my mum and went to see my sister in her ‘new’ house at long last.

While I was cooking something tempting for MIL I spilt boiling water on my hand, which I put under the cold tap straight away. MIL told me to break off a piece of her Aloe Vera plant and apply the gel to the burn. I had no pain, swelling or redness. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself; I’m going to get myself a plant!

It was strange being home again. The spring is advanced by a couple of weeks here. Though we had sunny weather in the UK, we came home to good weather had two very hot days. Yesterday and today have been quite cold, cold enough to consider putting the heating on again. There was some sunshine in the middle of the day. I didn’t a bit of gardening and planted lettuce, parsley and rocket seeds as well as a Cosmos mixture and some sunflower seeds. When I finished the rain kindly watered them – how organized is that?


Kath Lockett said...

Photos...? Please?

Doris said...

Sounds lovely Anji - it is so great meeting up with family and loved ones. And I know what you mean about being looked after by your kids, it does seem strange.

Great to hear that the natural Aloe Vera did its job. I shall see what the living conditions are and if they can thrive in a hot flat!

At least you had rain to water your seeds - more than we are getting here despite the colder weather.

Anji Knutsen said...

Kath: We didn't do photos, but we'll be having another go in June.

Doris: It was good to see everyone again. MIL's Aloe Vera was on a hot kitchen windowsill, lots of strong sunshine and she keeps her rooms pretty hot as she feels the cold,it should be okay.

I think that most of the seeds have drowned in the rain

Doris said...

Ooo thanks for the follow-up on the aloe vera. I am inspired :-)