We have all just about caught up on our sleep. In the days before christmas day we were awakened at 4.30 in the morning by the paramedic control because mother in law had pushed the button on her help pendant. Pushing the button activates a phone call to a centre that dispatches an ambulance. She had falls, was seeing things like 10 men stopping her from going to the toilet etc. Were were all so tired that when she called out them for the last time we were so fast asleep that we heard nothing and she was admitted to hospital on christmas morning at 4.30 with a minor heart attack. Because she insists that she does not want to o into a care home, she can't be sent. So we have been trekking to our NEW hospital. It is so large it could compete with many a major air terminal.
In spite of all this Christmas day lunch went well with the eldest daughter and her tribe being fed well, youngest daughter for breakfast with her husband and middle daughter on Boxing Day (26th) , Before and during Christmas it was very cold (for us) -10 deg C with lots of snow and ice and chaos. With all the hot air spoken by politicians I thought there would be an earl thaw but it only happened yesterday with promises of more snow and ice to come. Gardening has just been inspection, plant protection fleece and monitoring the green house heating. The fish pond cascade prevented a total freeze over but elsewhere there was five inches of ice.
Hope is for the new year. We have booked a murder mystery trip on the Orient Express - so it will be back to the 1930s to sole a crime whilst enjoying a super meal in luxury - must dress up for the trip.
What is interesting is what as been growing under the snow; mosses, lichens and weeds that must be loaded with antifreeze!
A good and happy ney year to you all and may your garden dig itself.