An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Friday, 11 December 2015

The broken hip

I thought I'd better do an update just to say that I have been in Northampton General Hospital (NGH) for five weeks today following a fall at the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, the result of which was a broken right hip!  That's not a very pleasant thing to have.  There's a blow-by-blow account if you click here.


  1. Kathryn,
    Hi, I had no idea that you’d broken your hip, what an awful thing to have happened and am pleased to read that your are well on the road to recovery. I’ve just read you recuperation blog and I am in turn, aghast, amazed, frustrated and helpless in realising that the NHS really does run a 5-day week and a very secretive/non-disclosing way of informing of what happens next. I am keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that all goes well with your fracture clinic appointment on Monday and that your future care is fully discussed and approved with yourself and friends/helpers. In the meantime, stay up-beat and smiling - things could be worse!
    Kind regards
    Carol and George, Still Rockin’ xx

  2. The following is a comment from Sue and Ken (Cleddau) which I somehow managed to delete following a very enjoyable day out to Stoke Bruerne.

    Hello Kathryn,
    We too had absolutely no idea that you had had such an unfortunate accident. We've both read through your account - how shocking it is that you have to work so hard and yet be so patient (pun not intended) about gaining information about your needs and possible outcomes. I can well understand your huge frustration about every aspect of this saga... If anyone wanted to know what it's like to be a hospital in-patient this is an eye-opener!
    All the best for Monday and the Fracture Clinic (we'll be thinking of you) - and our very best wishes for a full recovery.
    Sue and Ken / Boatwif and the Captain /nb Cleddau

  3. Kathryn, this was news to us as well. We're not close enough to help, so Get Well Soon!

  4. Kathryn, we too had no idea that you had had such a mishap until Sue (nb Cleddau) pointed us in the direction of your blog. I am not sure whether you will remember us? We are the people who you kindly informed that the lady we saw doing embroidery outside No 2 had had a fall and dislocated her shoulder back in September (nb Tentatrice). What a saga - we are appalled and shocked at the protracted journey you have had to make with your (at times) 'fight' with the NHS. We are also probably considered to be 'geriatrics' (as preposterous as you quite rightly say!), so any tale like this leads to concern should we be unfortunate enough to require the services of the NHS. On a more practical note - lighting to enable you to do your cross stitch - you can get daylight lamps that are rechargeable, so you don't need to be right by a socket to use them. They also give a much better light to work by. Good luck with your appointment tomorrow - we both hope all goes well and that you emerge with a good working plan of your immediate future. Jennie and Chris.