Tuesday 26 April 2011

an Easter garden party

No, we haven't been to Buckingham Palace - this garden party took place in Bristol at Steve's mum's house.  Over the course of two days, members of the family got together to tame the jungle that has taken over the back garden, cutting back brambles, overgrown shrubs and self-sown ash trees, shredding and bagging the debris.  By the time we had finished, it was possible to see out of the window where Steve's mum spends most of her time, right down to the end of the garden.  We also managed to do a bit of spring cleaning in the house, socialise with the family, be entertained by Esme, chat to Steve's mum and to visit Beckford's Tower outside Bath - so a good job done and a successful weekend all round.

As well as fighting weeds, Steve has been fighting off a cold and seems to be winning, although he is still not fully recovered - he starts and finish the day with bouts of coughing, with the occasional sneeze in between which may be caused by hay fever or dust from the spring cleaning. Although his energy levels are understandably a bit low, he hasn't lost his appetite or developed flu-like symptoms (which is what happened almost two years ago in Florence, shortly before he was diagnosed with mesothelioma on his return home).  

Although Royal Wedding fever seems to be gripping the country, we will shortly be celebrating something much more important for us - our 39th wedding anniversary on Mayday.  We have something special planned, but if you want to know what it is you will have to come back and read the next blog!

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