I woke up this morning with a very sore eye. When I get my monthly injections, sometimes I get away with it and I have no pain but this time I was weeping from my eye and the eyeball itself felt like a marble in my head. However, as the day progressed, the pain left me and the large floater which had been wandering around my eye dissipated thank goodness.
I’m very lucky that I can fill up any given day without the need for external entertainment by reading, thinking, even dreaming. However, when we have lunch we like to watch TV, not the normal terrestrial or sky TV, but the European Cultural TV channel, ARTE. This is a real class act of a channel and I do hope those of you that can see it to check it out. It is even available free on the Internet to view like on Youtube. Anyway, I digress. I was watching a program on anatomical features, an aspect of the skin called fascia. This is a band or sheet of diaphanous connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilises, encloses and separates muscles and other internal organs. It is very sensitive to water which is another reason why we should drink regular amounts of water. it has numerous other key features which until recently most practitioners were not interested in. We learn something new every day.
I had my first serious gardening enquiry of the year, a retired couple who have both been stricken by cancer. One had to have chemical treatment, or chemotherapy as it is called and the other one had to have an operation to remove certain parts of his organs which resulted in the need for a stoma for six months. As a result, the husband could not engage in his beloved gardening and he was distressed to see it fall into disorder. I cannot quite understand all his distress because his operation was only three weeks ago and it is winter where – theoretically anyway – not much grows.
It is very difficult to give quotes, as I previously discussed, but I work on the basis of not less than 20 pounds per hour per person so when Françoise and I work together we need to attract 40 pounds per hour. Anyway, we put in for the quote in today and gotten approval so tomorrow we shall be working, the first working day of the year as regards gardening.
I continue to be disgusted by the antics of the Climate Change movement. There is a new group, formed by an American senator John Podesta, that seeks to marginalise any scientist that disagrees with the theory of man-made climate change. They are blacklisted by an organisation called the Skeptical Scientist. When you are on their blacklist you will find it almost impossible to get any sort of job in the scientific community, academic or administrative. This whole Climate Change venture must rate as the biggest con trick in the history of the world and will be used as a power to manipulate whole countries to do what they are told.
Time to do some fortune-telling. Next Monday is drawing closer and I need to decide what clothes to take when we venture into Yorkshire. It’s going to be ferociously windy on Monday morning when we depart but that’s all part of the fun, what really gets me is rain. Again, we’ve had sleet and hail today. However, the long-range weather forecast actually looks quite good because when the bands of bad weather are not coming over we are treated to blue skies and lovely weather. We normally do dowsing to find out when we should time our events. We find this to be an enormously reliable technique which has not let us down yet so with any luck we should have a good time next week.
Davis Sedgwick has a recently published a new book about the BBC. He calls it the fake news factory. I bought it as soon as I heard about it because his previous book was very good. For some reason, Amazon were not printing reviews. I did tell him just hold on and see what happens and after a hiatus, my review duly appeared after having been reviewed itself. I don’t think they publish reviews without looking at them especially in view of the subject matter so there we are panic over.
Off to the local gardening club for a talk on no dig gardening. Unfortunately we had got the date wrong and the woman who greeted us at the door was friendly enough but said she was doing dog training and we were more than welcome to stay. We declined.