Jane Reynolds' Weekly Magazine/Blog – 18th March 2012

Half the country’s been basking in sunshine this week, but Swindon’s been dull and chilly. There wasn’t even a Sunrise over Swindon this morning as it was way too foggy (and it’s not got much better since), so here’s this week’s lovely little flowers I treated myself to yesterday to look at instead!

Spring’s definitely in the air, and when I went to do my Wednesday cleaning job this week, the ducks weren’t champing at the beak to get out as usual, but were both nesting – with chook in the middle, keeping them company. How sweet is that?

Things have been a bit tough at home. My dad’s not been well. It might be a bug, but he’s suddenly developed all the symptoms the Oncologist told us about in January, and has barely been out of the house for a week. He sits in a chair and has hardly even been the two hundred yards down the road to visit his 94-year-old close friend Vera.

They spend most of their time together, go out for lunch every Thursday and go for a little drive most afternoons, so it’s all come as a bit of a shock. We’re having to think about getting some sort of routine going between my brother, sister-in-law and I to look after him, as he’s suddenly gone from his usual habit of leaving a trail of devastation, spilled food and crumbs wherever he goes, to barely being able to manage to mess the house up at all – and all in just seven days.

What will the next seven days bring? Many people reading this will have been through it, and it’s something we’ll all have to deal with in some shape or form, but it all feels a bit scary, so just how scary must it be for him?

It’s come at a time when several possible opportunites have just presented themselves to me, so it’s going to be a bit of a juggling act trying to fit it all in. Hopefully, more news on all that next week.

In the meantime, have a good week everyone, and I hope you enjoy the blog.

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