An extended absence on my part, not really intended. It just happened.
I spent some days in the southern highlands. Last year, it was -6° C one afternoon and overnight. This year, one day was around 30° C. Too warm for this time of year, really. The Highlands were beautiful. Much of the blossom was out and trees were covered in puffy little balls of flowers of pink or white. I didn't take my camera, so have no decent photos of it.
I went with my friend and we stayed at a different motel to the usual. We are not looking for luxury as we rarely spend any time in the motel during the days. Clean comfortable beds and bathrooms so we sleep well at night. The usual abode was being renovated. The rooms were done a couple of years ago, so I hope they did the bathrooms this time round. Always clean, but extremely dated and tiny and cramped.
We went over the road to a Best Western motel. Much more expensive but it seems to have spoilt us for our usual. Lots of facilities which we suddenly found we needed. My room had a big bath as well as a shower. Bigger actually than the bath at home. Free wifi, good beds dining room for breakfast. We used to buy breakfast at a cafe as the breakfast at other place was nothing wonderful. This was fine, cereals with lots of fruit etc and toast and good coffee or breakfast cooked to order. This time we sat in a bay window with a fountain just outside and watched the birds coming to the feeder. They had the same order of appearance each morning. Pretty gardens and all mod cons.
The only down side was the heating. It had been cold and then there was a very warm stretch. The place was centrally heated so I found I just had a sheet over me most of the night.
My friend is still having tests done to determine his chest problems which were triggered by dust etc at Royal Easter Show. Just like last year, but this year they haven't cleared.
Son with the bad back has been told he may never be really truly recovered. Not good news. They sold their house where they were living along with other real estate. As they haven't moved to France and my guess is they won't, they had to move in with DIL's mum. He could not help at all with packing and moving and I think the whole process has been quite emotional for them. He had a birthday. I was knitting a cowl for him, but it's still in the naughty corner after being ripped back three times. At least it is now spring, not autumn as it would be in France.
He's now taken antibiotics for the bone infection in his back for six weeks. Huge tablets. DIL calls them horse tablets. The first medical estimate is he will need them for six months and most say probably longer. Then he has to work out what treatment he will accept for the unstable disk which was the subject of the first operation a year ago.
I was given some herbs and a planter for my birthday by friends. The herbs have taken off in the warmer weather. I already had a thriving lavender, but now have a variety. The baby spinach is bursting out of the pot. I have tried some ginger mint which is pleasant, not strong. The spearmint is coming on well. The feathery plant is salad burnet which has a taste reminiscent of celery. Two sorts of chives are springing up and I have used some in some chicken mince for dinner tonight, along with garlic and chilli.
I think I'll make some meatballs with it or perhaps some larger rissoles.