Most of the week has been the pretty much the same as other days but just when you are not expecting it something very much out of the ordinary comes along to throw you a curve ball and take you away from the complacency that you can quickly settle into.
Just such a thing happened on Friday morning.
Normally we turn the phones off over night - not wishing to be disturbed by twitterings happening on the other side of the world, but on Thursday night we completely forgot to do so and about 2:30pm we were awoken by the on-going ringing of the phone - no-one here would be ringing at such an hour.
Eventually we woke up enough to see what was going on - a please call message from Diane's brother and sister-in-law.
At that time of the day and from family who don't normally contact us there are a thousand things that go through your mind.
The next message explained that Diane's mum was in hospital - oh shit!
Her mum is not always in the best of health and so there is this at the back of our minds all of the time.
Anyway we managed to get onto Sonia (sister-in-law) and she explained that mum was in hospital preparing for emergency surgery for a bowelobstruction.
In addition to all of her medical problems, mum is Welsh and as such prone to the ongoing everyday use of every oldwives tale going around - what day was it? Friday the 13th.
Can't possibly have surgery today.
Sonia had done an amazing job in getting hold of those available and managed to take her phone through to mum so that Diane could talk to her and distract her thoughts away from the old wives concerns and onto other more concrete and real-world based.
After the call all we could do was wait for any news and it was a fair bet that any decent sleep was gone for the rest of the night.
About 4 hours later the messages came through and then a phone call - mum was out of surgery and in recovery and doing well; photos came through and we could see her as well.
|Still a little groggy, but eyes are open....|
|...with grandson Rialey|
|and her favourite current husband...|
|...who happened to send her some flowers|
She is obviously very much better by this stage
All we can say is that this emergency was out of the way and everything that we had thought about at other times as to what we would need to do if something like this did happen came to the fore and we put those things into practice.
Seems that there are some very good airfares to get back to
Cannot say how much of a great job that Sonia and Robert have done during this time of drama - thanks a lot!
After all of this we still carried though with our plans for the day and headed off to Stone for Happy Friday and a meal out with Richard, Sharon, Dot and Gordon; but during all of that we still had a drink and thanks to the day ending much much better than it could have and another thank you to Sonia and Robert.
|and all of us enjoying a night out - Diane and I were glad that|
we were in a position to be able to
YTD: 61 Miles, 25 Locks, 1 Tunnel, 1 Swing Bridge
Totals: 2955 Miles, 2146 Locks, 99 Tunnels, 34