The last week has been a major disappointment. It started with a trek to Eastbourne to see a consultant about the worsening of a nagging pain in my shoulder, a relatively minor ailment for years morphing into something more serious as ageing sets in. Our wonderful NHS managed to X-ray the wrong area whilst also losing my MRI scan so the consultant was forced to deduction and injection. The result was a ban on working in the studio for a week, nor was I to do anything that might put strain on the shoulder.
Fortunately I had an invitation to Yorkshire – a weekend with my brother followed by a stay in an hotel. Alright so the hotel was work, but at least the trip would take me out of myself and into a different landscape.
Indeed the whole trip was a reminder of what a cobblers our government has made of our road system whilst reminding me of just how beautiful England is. I must say England now as the break up of the UK seems inevitable as the Scots make their desire for independence evident (whilst denying the 800,000 Scots working in England the right to have a say).
Yorkshire looked lovely, still showing signs of having been used for some cycle race or other. The villages in their local stone showed local produce, better cheese than anything from France. You haven’t lived until you have tried a Yorkshire tea. Not cream and scones, that’s a Devon tea, but rich fruit cake and Wensleydale cheese together, reet gradely.
The views we had at dawn were wonderful, but seeing weasels hunting a field of cut hay was fascinating and the proliferation of butterflies and birds to was wondrous to behold as were the albino deer in the Swinton Park, a revisualised Victorian country house that was our magical enchanted castle to stay in.
Am I refreshed and ready to go in the studio, shoulder cured? Nope, of course not. Tired after driving 650 miles, but yes, back in the studio later, shoulder no different. Isn’t our NHS wonderful? Seemingly condemned to increasing pain as I get older, not a great prospect, and so much still to achieve…
Couldn’t be part of the pain be caused by that heavy camera?
I am back in the studio today, despite the pain. Thinking maybe of paying for a full survey privately..
I understand your husbands frustration, which I am sure is shared by many Scots. They gave the vote to 16 year olds and I think that will swing it in favour of the yes camp
Hope the shoulder improves soon.I would have thought driving 650 miles might not help. I will not comment on the NHS as I had excellent care while I lived in the UK and have excellent care in the USA. But my eldest daughter has suffered through several years of no health insurance and even now with health insurance, a simple antibiotic for her young daughter cost $50. As they basically live off her wage most of the year, she is always dreads a visit to the Doctor. So she would be grateful for any type of NHS care.
As to Scotland, I am really hoping they do not vote ‘Yes’ My Scottish husband is even more anxious about it and furious that despite being born in Scotland and spending most of his life there up to the age of 42, he does not have a say in the future of his country. Realistically we will probably stay in the States for the rest of our lives but its always there, the yearning to return home.
Hope you are back to painting soon, as I really want to see how the one you started is progressing.