It has been a blustery few days but still we have had little to no rain, just drizzle which wouldn’t fill a watering can let alone a reservoir. But autumn is here and the leaves are really beginning to fall now. This (above) was Cary Park yesterday, a rather pretty park between the villages of St Marychurch and Babbacombe on the outskirts of the large town of Torquay. We parked close to here so that we could walk to our dentist in St Marychurch for our 6-monthly check-up, and also our visit to the dental hygienist. All was well, no problems at all (we go regularly, oral hygiene is essential to good health; not keeping teeth clean would be like eating off a dirty plate, would it not?) but I have to have one small filling replaced. My dentist said it had been ‘damaged’ but it is a very old filling and he said there was no sign of decay, so this is prevention rather than cure. I don’t mind going, he’s a lovely, gentle dentist and the large My Dentist practice is very bright and cheerful and the staff helpful and welcoming.
During the afternoon we visited a friend who has, within the last week, had a hip replacement operation. It wasn’t his first, this was a replacement of the original replacement hip joint, but on this occasion he was a true pioneer: he had been offered day surgery, i.e. having the hip replacement done under a local anaesthetic! He is retired but in his professional life he was an engineer like my husband and, like most engineers, is a naturally curious person. He was certainly up for this: being able to chat to the anaesthetists and the surgeon and all those (for it was quite a large team) in the operating theatre for the two hours required for the operation. Indeed, it was the first such operation carried out in this way in our hospital. Our friend said he had been treated like royalty, being monitored all day long, and in fact, I think he rather enjoyed the whole experience. Not many people are able to be awake during surgery and hear what is going on even if they don’t see it all. But the staff took photos and showed him the progress! He said he could not feel any pain, but he could feel the pushing and prodding, as if he was having physiotherapy. But what a marvellous thing, to go into hospital at seven in the morning, have your hip joint replaced, and be home in time for tea!
Today, we did the food shopping in Waitroses after we had been to Boots, the Chemist. I wanted to replace my lip lining pencil, and when the assistant said that there was a Buy-3-get-the-3rd-Free, I fell for it, didn’t I? So bought another lip lining pencil in a different colour and also an old favourite lipstick colour, Shiny Conker. This is a great colour for winter, a dark brownish red, really autumnal and it looks great with black and navy blue. I took a photo this evening, but by electric light, so it’s not a good photo. Nonetheless, here it is (with the two lip lining pencils.)
I had some lovely post this morning. A dear friend sent me a couple of books that she has enjoyed as we share much the same taste in novels.
My friend sent me the bottom two (above) and I bought the top two (above). I am now looking forward to reading all of them, indeed, I’m spoilt for choice. However, I would say that I’m rather hoping that soon novelists will cease using wives and daughters in their titles, there are rather too many of them. But I suppose the Wheelwright’s Brother-in-Law doesn’t have quite the same ring to it,does it?
Shopping in Waitrose is always a pleasure, but sadly the flowers today weren’t really what I wanted … some were just too expensive (bouquets of £15 which I knew would hardly last the week) and others just weren’t looking perky enough. I don’t want to buy flowers that look like they might even expire on the way home.
After Waitrose, we went to Babbacombe where I visited my podiatrist. She’s a lovely person and while she worked away on my feet, we had a lovely chat, and after that my feet felt wonderful. And on Monday it’s my hair appointment, so in other words, topped and tailed (hair, feet and teeth all attended to)!
But autumn is truly here now, with this blustery weather – as I speak, rain is hammering down – and this evening we finished the soup that I made the day before yesterday, courgette and tomato.
This photo from Tuesday when we had the soup with garlic and herb baguette and parmesan
And this evening I decided to put away the summer bedding, i.e. the lovely new light wool cellular blanket, and replace it with our duvets which I had washed and put away for the summer. We have a single duvet each on our double bed, and we’ve found this is good in two ways … the single duvets are easier when it comes to changing the covers, and also each of us can curl up in our own individual duvet and not have a draught down the middle of the bed when one of us turns over.
I was rather naughty in Waitrose, I bought some Ritter chocolate (this as well as my usual Lindt bar, which I make last a whole week.) I had been given some Ritter Sport chocolate for my recent birthday and liked it so much I thought I would see what other flavours they have, and bought this (below) .The other small bar I found in a shop in Wellswood, a little treat in store for another day.
The bar on the right really is a tiny bar, it will be just a couple of mouthfuls, so not really that wicked. But we need these treats now and again, especially when the north (or south) winds do blow, as they are blowing right now.
Until next time.