Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Green stuff...


A couple of weeks ago one of my students asked me to help her write a letter to a company in the UK. She wanted to buy a specially adapted mouse for her husband’s computer as he has Parkinson’s disease.

A week later the letter had come back as the company was not at the address. I tried phoning the number which appeared on the website and a nurse on a stroke ward somewhere in the UK answered. She was very nice but couldn’t help our quest.

The following Saturday I decided to see what I could find out and came across the French website of a company that sells the same adapted mouse . I contacted my student who emailed back a few minutes later to say that a mouse was on its way! When she came for her lesson last Thursday she came bearing a plant as way of thanking me for my help. Her husband is very happy now that he can use his computer with ease.




This is an excellent year for hollyhocks. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them grow so tall. One in our garden is more than twice my height! I dragged Rob out to take a photo so that you could see it. I’m 1 meter 67 (around 5’ 6”)

To finish off; I received a message from Dom at the weekend. They live in the Boivre valley which is a protected site of natural interest. They discovered a deer at the fence at the back of the garden, eating their plants.

2 comments:

Coline said...

Hollyhocks are not too common here n Scotland but I found Some in a sheltered cottage garden today.

They remind me of our visit to the Ile de Re near you a couple of years ago where they seemed to grow out of cracks in the pavements...

Anji Knutsen said...

Coline: Glad you manage to find some. Any watercolour of the Ile de RĂ© would not be authentic without hollyhocks. Anywhere a seed can lodge it will try to grow!