Yesterday I took some time out and went bushwalking with a group of friends. Our group 'wise women walking' has been operating for about 6 or so years now and it always is so good to get out away from the suburbs and walk in the bush. Yesterday, although we didn't walk far, was no exception. It does requires quite a bit of planning - after the usual morning routine of showering and breakfast which John manages with minimal input from me, his carer comes in for a couple of hours, [ I need to have morning tea prepared and the house in reasonable order] for her, then my daughter takes over and ensures he has lunch and goes down for a nap and by the time I get back mid afternoon John has just woken and demanding a cup of tea !! I cherish these times and really miss them if for some reason I'm unable to join the girls. I'm lucky too, John is always pleased to see me have some time off from the caring role, and is happy having others around instead of me !!