The normal pattern of day-to-day life was interrupted by Steve's annual hospital check-up on Thursday afternoon to see what's happening on the arthritis front, including how his replacement finger joint is doing. As there has been no change for the last few years, he's been signed off for two years now. So it's official - he's got to be around in January 2014 for his next appointment at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre!
There was some good news on the photography front, with seven images accepted for various exhibitions in Holland and the AFIAP application (Artiste Federation International de l'Art Photographique) finalized and posted off at last.
The week ended on a high, with our friends Anne and Colin staying over on Saturday night. We visited the Ashmolean Museum and had lunch out at Oxford Castle yesterday, followed by an evening meal at home catching up on news and setting the world to rights over a few bottles of wine, well into the wee small hours of the morning. We blew the cobwebs away today with a circular walk north along the Thames, across Port Meadow in the mist, through Jericho and Walton Manor to the University Parks then back home via the city centre, the Isis and Christchurch Meadow, following the Thames towpath around to Osney and home. A longish walk, but taken at a leisurely pace. Steve managed without any apparent problem, which is great. Thanks Anne and Colin for being such wonderful guests!
I heard today that my appointment to the Guernsey Planning Panel has been confirmed. I'll be taking up the post in March and spending 4-6 days a month with my "Planning" hat on, mainly working from home with an overnight visit to the island most months to chair the tribunal which decides planning appeals.
Snow is forecast tomorrow morning in Southampton. Let's hope it's all gone by the afternoon when I'm due to fly over from Southampton Airport to the Channel Islands for my induction training in Guernsey. I shall have to get my brain in gear. I'm not sure what Steve will get up to while I'm away. You'll have to drop by next weekend, when normal service resumes, to find out!