This is Dave making an update for Trish – who is in hospital.

She is awaiting surgery at this point for a suspected appendicitis (I know – even the doctors find it hard to believe at her age).

We went to a pot luck on Sunday, and thought this was food poisoning when it came on Sunday evening. When it had not gone away, and was getting worse in fact, by Monday evening we decided to go to the Hospital.

Got there at 10 PM yesterday, and at about 2 AM they decided to keep her as they still were not certain what was wrong.

This morning she is on a ward and in the queue for weight loss treatment.

They will not totally confirm the problem until she is opened up – some talk of stones (gall bladder or kidney) as of last night.

They will take the appendix anyway, possibly, while they are in there – just for luck I suppose?

Watch this space for updates.

dh

Saw the Lord of the Rings exhibit on Sunday. It was fabulous… though it could have been better. If they’d put the exhibit on for a couple of months, to allow for more viewers, had guided tours and limited groups, it would have been better. Then they could have explained all the props, maybe described how they were made etc. Or maybe even had an in-character tour, so that it would feel like the middle earth of the stories had actually happened in our history!

At any rate, it was interesting, but we were herded through with hundreds of other people. Kind of took away from it all, and made it go faster than I would have liked. The sets they built for it were really good though, loved them. Needless to say, I’m now wetting myself in anticipation for the movie! *laugh*

Not much more to go school-wise. Almost done classes and tests and projects. I have to make a book for my last class next week, which should be interesting. Hopefully it’s not too hard.

Sweden is now turning cold, and having been here since Monday all I have seen is light snow, grey skies and VERY early darkness (3:30 pm), though the snow is not sticking so it’s not even pretty at this point.

And to think, last week I was in Taiwan and 25ºC weather, with a quick 48 hours in the UK (just to wash off any tan I might have picked up) before hurrying off to Stockholm!!

The new news is that my job is apparently to change again in the new year. I have finally managed to get a home based job, and will be taking over all UK projects for our division at the end of January. That doesn’t mean that I will actually be at home (in Reading) but will at least be travelling around the UK during the week, and be home at for the weekends. Good eh? Though it probably means that I shall have to start helping unpack the boxes now (what IS taking her so long?)

Presently we have projects in London, Horsham, Leeds and the West Country, and are gearing up for work on the East Midlands lines (wherever they are), and we do the work for those largely out of Derby and Plymouth facilities. My home base will remain Reading however.

Time to go to the pub for a Svendrups now

slope da klop nip floop (or something like that).

Okay, Okay, so I got it wrong! There are a lot of choices in the supermarket, I think it is because I cannot find what I am used to!!!

Still raining!!! Today I went for a walk down a lovely country lane at the back of my house and what a mess someone has made of the hedges!! Apparently, nowadays, they cut them with a machine thing attached to a tractor. Well – it rips them to bits. In the old days, men would do it by hand and lay the branches ‘just so’ enabaling them to grow inwards on themselves thus forming safe havens for all the little headgerow animals and birds.They could teach the unemployed how to do it now and save the envirnment as well.

Dave is in Sweden this week, maybe I am missing him!

Unpacking is going well, dining room is almost usable with all the dishes unpacked. Also bedrooms are almost habitable.

I am becoming well-known at the local laundrette, having been there 5 times in 2 1/2 weeks. Quite interesting observing the people who use the place. Quite a number put all their washing in together regardless of colours. Maybe it is cost, cannot help thinking their clothes must be grey. Rather like the country!!! Ops!

It is nice when the sun shines. Actually tonight is a full moon and it is beautiful shining on the back garden (I guess there are no clouds!)

Mike took me out on a lovely surprise date on Saturday. We had a nice meal out and then went to see Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets. Wow, what a great movie! Daniel Radcliffe did a much better acting job in this one, though there’s still room for improvement. The girl who played Hermiane (is that right?) was really great – I can see she’s going to be a really good actor 🙂 Anyway, go see it!

It also snowed for 24 hours over Saturday night to Sunday. Beautiful. Now it’s all melting of course. *sigh* I really wanted to go skiing/snowboarding!! Hopefully it’ll snow again for next month.

I am rejoicing because Dave got the computer set up at home so now I can go on line anytime I want (taking into account phone costs).

We are still trying to unpack although great inroads have now been made: our bedroom is box-free, as is the kitchen and this bedroom (the mini one); also the garage, which was a horror untill yesterday when we were able to unpack it all. I am going to have my laundry room out there. In order to do that, we first have to have a roof put on it. The one that is currently there is a makeshift affair of corrugated Asbestos with various holes between it and the walls!!!!

Still enjoying living here, I think! It is an odd place, takes a lot of getting used to again. I miss the shops in Canada, there was so much variety and you can get almost anything (unless it is English!). I find the supermarkets are o.k. They sell a huge selection of everything from wine to baby clothes and everything in between but not much choice of each item, well not as much as in Canada.

I miss Canadian wines, they are impossible to get here, it is all Australian rubbish!!!!

I miss not knowing what is happening in Canada, but at least now I can check out the C.B.C. website.

Meanwhile I am learning a lot about England through T.V. and wonderful newspapers. It was really amusing to us – when we left England 21 years ago, a chat show host here called Michale Parkinson had a popular show on late night Sat. T.V. Well, what do we find on our return but the same guy with the same chat show!!!!! Turns out he went off for a few years in between, but I thought some things never change!!!!!

Lots of actors and politicians here have bad teeth, it really shows on T.V. when they are talking, have no idea why they don’t do something about it, they have money.

Lots of people still smoke here, pubs are awful because of that. I miss the smoke-free environment in Canada.

Still my garden is wonderful and green because of all the rain!!!!!

Finally, got to use a computer! I am still using the library facilities and the library in the village has 1 computer and I am allowed 1/2 hr. So hope to get this done in that time.

Our furniture arrived last Tues. Ever since then I have been surrounded by boxes. The movers unpacked our furniture but there is nowhere to put anything, no closet space!!!! Consequently the more I unpack the more I am surrounded by “stuff”!!!!

Dave left for Taiwan on Fri. morning. He returns this Fri. All is well with him.

I am settling in, it is a lovely village with a very busy main road through it. However, we live on a quite road.

Today the sun is shining which is beautiful after lots and lots of rain, in this “Green and pleasant Land”! We have found a local church, Christ the King, the people seem nice as does the pastor, Fr. Gerard.

I enjoyed my visit with Mum and Dad. Bernadette’s boys were on holiday (half term) so that was good, we did a few things together (Blackpool illuminations, and the movies).

Will try and update this more often.

I’ve got loads of projects and things due coming up. Here’s a list of everything:

1) A restaurant logo for “Evening Rain”, a modern asian restaurant (due Tuesday)

2) A presentation on printing processes with coated papers, coatings, varnishes and special inks (to be presented on Tuesday)

3) An interactive, “live” website (due Friday)

4) A mid-term exam (on Saturday)

5) A paper evaluating 3 articles on research in design (due a week Monday)

After that, however, I’m pretty much free!! I have a couple of other things that will be due, but nothing like this week! And exam/Christmas break is coming up so fast… I can’t believe I’m almost done 1st semester!

Then I’ll have more time to work on this website (during the break). I’m sorry about the photos! Haven’t been able to post them yet. They will go up at some point, I promise.

The furniture arrived this week, on Tuesday. By Tuesday evening the house was full, and I do mean FULL, of boxes. There was one room with enough floor space for the 2 of us to stand up in, and all the rest of the rooms were full / piled high.

We are now in the process of looking into 2 options:

a) buying a larger home, or

b) building on, or putting another house in the garden.

We did get our bed put up though so Trish thought she had died and gone to Heaven at bed time, as she finally got to sleep on a mattress again.

On Wednesday the movers came back to continue unpacking. They hardly got any unpacking done Tuesday – just concentrated on getting stuff into the house. By Wednesday evening all the furniture was unpacked, and they left, leaving us to do the boxes of our effects.

There is now room to squeeze around furniture, and there is a quite credible competitor to the Hampton Court Maze through the box piles.

First thing hooked up was the stereo, so now I can listen to some Beethoven to help relieve my stress from the mess.

Now need to buy some wardrobes to compensate for the lack of walk-in / built-in closets

Trish had to get out of the house for a break today – she has gone off to Wokingham because there is a market on there.

I am escaping all of this as I am off to Taiwan tomorrow (Friday), and back in a week on the Saturday. Then that Monday I go to Sweden until the following Friday.

With any luck Trish will have all this stuff put away by the time I am back.

By the way – it’s rained here for almost 2 weeks now. Today is sunny, but cold, so hopefully the rainy season is over (some chance). Oh what a grey day!

De Press Ing.