Well I'm now home after a total knee replacement done at Fairfield Hospital Bury. Hopefully this will mean that soon I will be able to get out and about again with my camera taking photographs of Manchester and surrounds and then carry on Blogging. Contributions to my Blog have been somewhat sparse this year due to lack of mobility. Here's to the future. .
If you are a man in his 65th year and live in England you'll be invited to attend free of charge an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening at your local NHS health centre. Not often you get invited somewhere free of charge so I went. This is a quick and easy scan to ascertain if there is weakness in the aorta - I was in and out of the medical centre in about 10 minutes. All very efficient and I would recommend having the scan done when it comes to your turn. .
A sudden rain shower in the 1950's/60's would result in the "housewife" and yes it usually was the lady of the house rushing to the garden or yard to bring into the house any washing from the line. Stopping only to perhaps knock on a neighbours window to warn of the sudden change in weather.
The modern "housewife" seems to care little - washing is left on the line for days or even weeks through a whole cycle of weather conditions.
This is the first year that we have used these tunnels - bought cheaply from Wilkinson. Underneath lie cabbage,cauliflower and broccoli seeds now germinating we hope. The tunnels are easy to use and far better than trying to protect the crops with netting and bamboo canes.
Raspberry plants below have run riot and seem to be spreading rapidly / hope for a good crop within the next few months.
This has certainly been a bad year for growing veg due to the cold and wet Spring.
Peas and sweetcorn seed have failed to germinate and many things are late developing. However the rhubarb and the soft fruits seem to like this weather. A good crop of red currants is on the way and gooseberries are doing fine so I suppose we should not grumble.
Yesterday France voted in a new president - Francois Hollande a socialist.
In an election in Greece the centre-right government of Antonis Samaris (New Democracy party) together with the Pasok party gained only a third of the votes as voters changed their allegiance to non austerity parties.
Should we be worried in the UK about what is happening abroad? Well yes! The whole European economic system could be brought to disarray if new governments start to exercise some muscle.
Government advice to stock up petrol in jerry cans in order to thwart proposed strike action by fuel delivery drivers has resulted in panic buying and long queues on the roads leading to petrol stations.
This was a worry as our tank was nearly empty - however the wait at the pumps was less than 10 minutes - so far so good.
The next bad news is that snow may be expected in the north at Easter - as for the south there is a proposed baggage handler strike at Stansted Airport during the holiday period.
Down by the lakeside in Heaton Park is a cafe very well used by dog walkers, parents with children, cyclists, joggers and many more : the outside seating area is always busy.
Rumour is that soon the cafe will close - no doubt in order to save money but this will be a great shame - this cafe provides a meeting point for a great many people and provides for a real social and community need.
I read that many of the parks in Manchester are to become Nature Reserves - in other words they will be left to go wild and have less money spent on them.