Shardlow, on the Trent and Mersey Canal, is still very busy with plenty of narrow boats moored up and old buildings and wharfs on the canal side. I toned this one to give it an appearance of age, I think it has worked.
At the turn of the year a quick update on Maureen and her Hip Replacement. Since the operation she has made steady, if somewhat slow, progress and is now walking with a stick rather than a crutch, although round the house, and certain other places, but not in the street, she now walks without any aids at all, which is good. Her leg is taking a long time to get enough mobility for her to be able to drive as she needs it to work the clutch pedal properly and so I am still driving us about where we live, but not anywhere out of town. In case you are not aware I suffer from balance problems occasionally which is why Maureen is the main driver in our household. After 8 weeks she saw her consultant who says all is going well, but only at that time did he refer her to the physiotherapist at our local hospital and she is now doing the exercises she should have been doing all along. She will now go back to see him again in May and they will then discuss when she might consider having the other hip done. Hopefully this all means come 11th.May we shall be able to meet old friends and new somewhere down in the West Midlands.
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