June 17, 2014

Wot's Up....!?

Cor - I really haven't been around these blogs for a wee while so here's a catchup of the past few weeks:

Malta is such a beautiful country. The 5 star Intercontinental Hotel would be holiday enough for me.  The top floor garden is simply divine and has ducks, koi carp and turtles homing in and amongst the gorgeous waterfall area.  What a sight from your bedroom balcony!   Managing to book the VIP part of the hotel (through friends) this made for a fantastic first-time-abroad-for-Adam experience!  Malta has changed so much and is a country that I would visit again but not in these summer months.   And there my Scottish homesick roots kick in!  What else?.......oh, yes.......


I'm getting increasingly fond of my son's little Jackahuahua and just finished doggy-sitting a couple of days ago.   Peepers was just the thing needed as an excuse to leave the house while all this live sport is going on. World Cup football, golf and ruddy motor racing - not to mention Wimbledon in a week's time.   Must be punishment for something, then.  But boy am I missing that ankle-biting, non-sleeping, fight-picking, over-crapping maniac of a mutt!

I managed to gather some rather nice wildflowers and weeds on our walk and came up with this rather drab bowing coffee jar display! I don't think I'll be picking many more!


That's the surgery over now, too!   Got home early last week and now simply have to wait on the biopsy results. The kinks and twists were successfully straightened and rid off of adhesions - one of the causes for the pain having returned so violently.  I won't be rid of pain completely but may manage it better.

The worst part of the whole operation was the pre-theatre cleansing of the bowel where I had to fast for 2 days while drinking 2 litres of the vilest solution I've ever had to force down.  Think Lemsip with Ouzo and a salty bitterness drawing your top lip back with each mouthful and you're a fraction there - despite looking every fluid ounce the cocktail.   Once back home I was effing starving and there was very little time in between discharge and a tray full of food.   The surgery was a bit of a worry for me as there is always the risk, no matter how small, of ending up with a colostomy bag.   Had that occurred I vowed to jazz the thing up with stick-on gems while perhaps smelling like a farmers boot. 

 I was also devastated at the death of my favourite comic last Monday. Comedy genius Rik Mayall, at a young 56.   Famous for The Young Ones, Bottom and Alan B'stard, he and his comedy partner Ade Edmondson (who wrote, starred and produced the above shows with Rik) changed the face of comedy with their alternative anarchic and zany characters starting back in the 80's.  This very household uses quotes from Rik and Ade's material, and have done for 20 years and will continue to do.  Very few celebs bring me to tears at their passing, well,  this is the first since Bambi's mum.  
It seems so unfair as he was a devoted father, husband and mega- friendly and generous to boot.  It shocked the world, really, and I was touched to see that within a few hours of the news there was Youtube tribute videos from fans as far away as America.  Some may remember him better as imaginary friend in the film Drop Dead Fred.  He'll be sorely missed. Such a cruel waste and it was this quote from his best friend and comedy partner that got me bubbling.  So, so fitting. I'll round things off now with a short video of when Drop Dead Fred and dog poo mix:


ps.......Giving my poetry, meme and other fun groups a miss this week.  I need to know what you guys have been up to first, and I'll be back writing from Sunday. 


^.^ said...

Lovely post, Helena ... good to finally hear from you again ... kisses and purrs, cat.

Jon said...

The hotel gardens are beautiful and I like that turtle.

Your description of Jackahuahua is hilarious - I couldn't stop laughing ("ankle-biting, non-sleeping, fight-picking, over-shitting maniac").

I'm glad the surgery is over. Stay well!

Jenny Woolf said...

I am glad the surgery ordeal is over. Yes, it was so tragic about Rik, nobody has had a bad word to say about him. It is good to hear from you again and lovely to see the images of the beautiful hotel in Malta. I wouldn't visit in the summer unless you want extreme heat, I didn't mind that when my family was living there when I was a teenager though. I might mind it more now.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

So glad to see you back!! I had wondered where you'd been. So glad the surgery is over my friend :)

Paula Kaye said...

That hotel sounds like just the place I need right now. I hope your surgery results are good ones. That prep is a killer for sure.

Joyce Lansky said...

Welcome back. The hotel is beautiful. I'm sorry about the surgery. I've had to drink that nasty stuff for colonoscopies. YUCK! The dog is cute, too.


Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

"What Lena Leaves" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that we hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.


^.^ said...

... how are you doing???

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