spica splint

Wrestling heavy suitcase, heavy roasting-dishes into/out of Mum’s Aga, and this morning clearing the ashes from the stove and bringing through more heatlogs … I’ve conceded that I’m not really up to anything more and dug out the spica splint!

Hopefully, a few days wrapped up and I’ll be able to use my thumb for typing and suchlike …

spica splint on left thumb and wrist


Merry Christmas all. It’s a dull murky day here at my Mum’s on the edge of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, but next-door’s ornamental cherry tree is doing its best to provide a glimmer of cheer.

My own little garden is as much as I can manage nowadays,, but this is just one of the many, many, dozen plants that I wish I could somehow find room for!

Later … I remembered the fairly-columnar twisted cherry (Kojo-no-mai) thatI had in London, so in a quiet moment on Christmas afternoon I ordered one! I might manage to get it in the front garden, perhaps in a pot, eventually.

ornamental cherry pink flowers

now is the turning of the year …

Today is what I stubbornly regard as Midwinter Day (despite attempts by astronomers and others to redefine “winter”). The first signs of the earth reawakening as shoots of the earliest daffodils in the pot by the French window start to push through the debris of last summer’s creeping jenny.

Later, I’ll bring in the Christmas Tree (sadly, it suffered a bit from under-watering last summer) and decorate it with strings of lights and golden baubles to celebrate the returning Sun.

daffodil shoots among debris


Eurgh! I have some kind of lurgy – hopefully nothing really serious, as I’ve had booster jab & flu jab and am generally both “cautious” and “rather unsociable”!

Headache and difficulty focussing eyes (both feel like bunged-up sinuses), general phlegmy chest and aching joints … but normal temperature and lateral flow test negative. PCR test arrived this morning and will be done this afternoon.

I also called in to Synexus, as I’m part of the clinical trial group for a CSV study. At their request, I’ve taken a nose swab (which will be collected by courier tomorrow morning), and will fill in daily symptom logs per the sheets that they issued. Subject to a negative PCR test result, I’ve got an appointment to go in on Friday (17th).

Meanwhile, surviving on blackcurrant Lemsip … and seem to have a craving for a lot of carbs: waving my diet a temporary goodbye!

open today …

The fern-leaved clematis (aka Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica) has opened its first flowers of the winter. It’s very variable, opening anywhere between mid-November and late December. but is definitely a seasonal stalwart.

clematis flower, bell-shaped cream speckled with maroon

damage repair

The rose arch blew down in the recent gales – partly my fault for not pruning it, so there was a mass of very long shoots to catch the wind! Today’s the first day I (and the weather) have been up to doing something about it.
It’s now upright again … though given the contribution from next-door-cat Enzo, it may not last all that long!

fallen wooden rose arch


repair rose arch with black cat on top.