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A week away in Broken Hill

swilkinson

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I have just been to Broken Hill for a week with Trevor, it is cool and dry inland so on the sunny afternoons 

I sat on his verandah and read and I'm always happy to do that. When he and his girlfriend  were available (they are both busy doing training courses) we went places, some new, some old favourites. On my birthday we went to Silverton, a former mining town now a popular place for artists and went to a couple of galleries. There are some wonderful paintings of that wild desert country beyond the Hill. It is good to have time to just enjoy being in a place where life is so different from home.

 

It was my birthday and Alice's birthday while I was there, so two celebrations, mine was a nice dinner out, hers a special  afternoon tea. I haven't any unreal expectations these days so it was just good  to be with family for the day. I enjoyed my time with Alice it was nice to see the fun she has with Trevor. He plays a lot more games with her than her mother does so she has a ball while she is with him. His girlfriend has a Chocolate Labrador who is very popular with Alice, she hugs him and drags him around, I am glad she responds so well to him.

 

The flying was not the problem I was told it could be, it was more my fear that something would go wrong that bothered me. I know the problem of increasing the lymphoedema due to pressure  was on my mind and of course while the stocking plus the new leg wrap was supposed to prevent that happening the stiffness made  me feel less confident in my ability to climb steps, sit for a long period etc. The walk through the airport was easier than I thought it would be as I had allowed plenty of time for that. I never realised how much I took my ability to get around for granted and jhow much easier life was prior to what is really just a minor glitch in my life.

 

I looked at going on a trip out to one of the local opal fields, about three hours drive away on my next visit.I love opals and it is interesting country, boney and dry but with it's own special beauty. Living on the coastal strip as I do I yearn sometimes for the silence of the bush and Broken Hill gives me that feeling of isolation in the big sky country. There is something special about the sensation of seeing so many stars at night, having a different sunset every night, waking up to bright skies in the morning.

 

Now home to take up the routine tasks. It has been raining while I have been away so the grass is greener than when I went away, it is also colder as there is an overcast sky. So now to settle down to my winter tasks, knitting, crocheting, reading, catching up on phone calls and correspondence. Today I went to a local market, had some time at the shopping centre and then some time doing preparations for  the Lions BBQ on Monday. It is good to have a variety of things to do. Some things I have had to give up but most of my usual routine still applies.

 

It is good to be back and catch up with friends again, luckily nothing much happened while I was away. My other family members don't seem worried about me now things are stable healthwise. I know there will be many tests ahead of me for three to five years yet but know also I can only live my life one day at a time. And that is the same for all of us.

 

 



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Sue,

I am so glad that you had an opportunity to get away and have time with family.

Yes, I agree.  I recently hurt my toe.  What a glitch in walking.  It even hurts to swim.  I have been amazed how much this has messed up my day.

 

Ruth

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yes, wearing a leg wrap is a pain. I miss days of old wearing any shoes, being light agility graceful walking, skipping,popping around in and out of cars,boats.

 But we enjoy what we can still do and not waste a moment.

 

So glad you had a holiday, and please be planning the next!

 

Ruth, when my feet hurt, that is the worst pain.

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Sue I am so glad you got to get away and spend time with family! Getting away from home is a bit of a vacation. Does it get really cold there in the winter? I ask because it is summer here and the hottest I've seen in years...blah. I will live vicariously through you as long as it isn't super cold LOL. You enjoy those moments away and we will be your cheerleaders when you go for all those appts. and tests in the future!

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Sorry I missed your birthday, but glad you were able to enjoy some time with family.   It's always nice to get away, but equally as nice to get home and back to routine.   

 

Sarah

 

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