At the beginning of last month, I had a day off, and I went back to Greenbank Gardens. It is a beautiful place, and luckily for me it is accessible by public transport – when I have a day off, it means that Michael is looking after the Dafter and must therefore have the car to help her get around. (We are that rare thing, a one-car family, which I’m very happy about.)
So here are some photos from my visit. I took a packed lunch, read Katherine Mansfield by the fountain, and went for a cup of tea in the tearoom before coming home.
The past few weeks have been very challenging for the Dafter, and thus for me. I am deeply exhausted. I rarely ever wake up feeling rested, and sometimes it takes me quite a few minutes to recall the details of my existence, the identify what the massive problem is, and from there, what day of the week it is and what is on the agenda. I know this state is all too familiar to caregivers everywhere. My frozen shoulder is very slowly improving, but I still can’t sleep on my left side, or (as I discovered Friday) do much yoga at all.
However, the Dafter is battling on, as always. She has managed to get to school for almost all her timetable, albeit sometimes for less than an hour before she has to come home and rest. I know that the road to recovery is full of ups and downs, and the trick is not to believe that a dip is the final word.
I haven’t had much time or energy for blogging, and I do miss it! I have a lot of photos from the summer that I want to share, so I will just show you those as and when I can.
Thank you all so much for your friendship, prayers and concern. I am looking after myself. Michael and the Dafter (and Tilly) are looking after me as well. Every day we have a laugh together. All will be well.