I have just returned from two weeks in the UK. It was a planned visit, one of the individual trips we intended to make this summer rather than returning "en famille" which is much, much more expensive.
While in the UK I was hoping to be able to tweak the care package put in place for my dad at his sheltered housing facility, having finally seen the back of the care agency who were awful and managed to get him taken on by the on site care team. However, the news is not good. The day after I arrived he had a fall and ended up in hospital, which is where he still remains. Not only that but when he was admitted to hospital he was able to walk and now he isn't.
When he is discharged it will be to a care home, something we have actually been hoping for for some time. Unfortunately it has taken a serious mishap to get him into one.
My brother has encouraged me to come back to France and is handling everything himself at the moment. Once Dad is discharged there will be a lot of work to do so I will go back. That could be as soon as this coming week.
As was our lunch today. Nick made his "salad niçoise maison" for which he had to boil some eggs and cook some green beans and although it is not very authentic it was perfectly yummy. I can't wait to be making it using our own home grown tomatoes and cucumbers.
Also growing in the veg patch are these flowers, called rudbeckia. They make an excellent indoor display - once you have allowed all the hundreds of tiny beetles to beetle off elsewhere!
When I got up this morning I wondered how I would pass the time, a whole day having to be spent indoors, but it's passing quickly enough. There are plenty of indoor jobs, downstairs ones of course, to catch up on, books to read, sewing to do and blog posts to write.
I do however feel for those people who have organised outdoor events for this weekend. We certainly won't be going to any and I wonder how many will brave the heat and turn up.