16 April 2014
S – I am afraid we have been very silent for the past week or so. Things seem to have “got on top of” both of us. Toby has fifty or so more sheep starting to lamb, after a break (and some respite for Camilla) of about two weeks. I, on the other hand, have been preoccupied with a very dear friend and husband of my parents. They are very elderly (90 plus), have no next of kin, being childless, and have both been admitted into hospital in the last week. I am unable to refuse to help and have been travelling to Bournemouth once or twice a week to see them and trying to arrange some sort or care upon discharge from hospital. Camilla has been very supportive and has accompanied me a couple of times on this “errand of mercy”. The husband is extremely ill and, I feel, unlikely to come out of hospital. Well, enough of old age. Camilla and I have agreed to keep drinking the gin and wine and try to avoid any prospect of a nursing home at £911.00 per week, which seems to be the going rate!
Upon switching on the TV this evening, after my conversations with hospital Social Services and numerous care homes which all seem to be full, I was greeted with the devastating news of the sinking ferry off South Korea. Why are Camilla and I stressing so much over our children and their GCSE results? All we need to worry about is that they are alive and well. On this very sad note I will finish with no answer to the question – where is God at these times? Camilla is a firm non-believer whilst I hang on to my belief in a better place to the world we live in.
All a bit deep for Sheshe and Camilla but we find ourselves not being very “amusing and diverting” at the moment.