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Thursday, 27 March 2008


Happy Easter!

Bit strange, wishing you all a Happy Easter just a week after wishing you a Happy Christmas, but that's how wierd our life is at the moment!

Following the excitement of Christmas weekend, we headed "darn sarf" to spend Easter Friday and Saturday with Tracy's family in Haverhill. As always we were made to feel very welcome, and while I sorted out her mum's computers (the joys of knowing a little about IT!), Tracy demonstrated how much better she is and caught up on all the family gossip.

Saturday was Tracy's sister-in-law Caz's birthday. She's reached the ripe old age of 30, and won't thank me for sharing the fact with the whole world, but I'm now safely 200 miles away. Besides, she's still looking remarkably well for someone of such an advanced age!

Caz poses to show she's not lost it now she's over the hill...

Saturday was also the first time Tracy had seen her boys since the accident, as they live with their Dad. To say they were excited would be an understatement, although as always they were both very well behaved, despite the pandemonium going on all around... Hopefully it won't be too long before we can fulfill our promise to take them camping for the weekend...

Tracy and her boys

After we'd given the boys their belated Christmas presents, I walked them home under a hunter's moon and it was getting cold... so cold that it snowed overnight and we woke to intermittent snow showers. With weather warnings about heavy snowfall all over the east of the country, we made a hasty exit and set off home, having first cleared the snow off our car!

Snow at Easter...

Snow at Easter makes a change from last year, when Tracy and I were camping in the Yorkshire Dales... Our journey home was not very dramatic as we soon emerged onto dry roads and sunshine. By the time we got home, all the snow had gone.

With the weather still very cold and with occassional snow flurries, I didn't get out on my bike as planned, but did get round to fitting the extra goodies I got for Christmas - locks for my panniers, a replacement for the ugly rear mudguard and a headlamp protector. Just need the weather to warm up a bit, and for a spare weekend, and hopefully I'll get back out on 2 wheels...

But for now, it's back to the routine of going to work. Tracy is doing more and more at home - she's had my tea on the table when I get in most nights, and today has cleaned and tidied the house. The results of the swab on her arm have come back clear - no infection - which is great news. The nurses have also decided to change the type of dressing on her arm, as it would appear that having 3 different types of 'special' dressings (which are intended to help the healing process) may not be working as well as expected. So now she has just one of these special dressings on, and first impressions are that it is making a difference, with signs the arm is starting to heal at last. We'll know more in the next week or so.

As for this weekend, we don't really have much planned. It's the Spanish MotoGP on Sunday, so I'll be glued to the telly, whilst Tracy will no doubt be trying to push herself a little bit more...

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