Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Autumn Colours Galore


We have autumn here, not really cold in the mornings, but cooler than several weeks ago.The leaves are falling, summer flowers are still blooming, and Ginger Boy has a thick winter coat and sleeps inside most nights.

Brunsvigia Josephinae, glorious, with so many flower heads on one tall stem. I have 4 bulbs, and treasure them so much, given to  me from a very dear friend some years ago.Brunsvigia Josephinae

The Red, and the pink Alstromerias have had a second spurt of blooming.

Red Alstromeria flowers in Autumn

Down the driveway, the Cherry trees are losing their leaves fast, and glorious colours, I could see a quilt design right there somewhere.

Cherry Tree Leaves for a quilt pattern


Autumn Leaves from the Cherry Trees

Cherry Tree in Autumn


Ginger Boy in the late afternoon sunshine

Life continues …each day, slowly and steadily, as surely as sunrise and sunset… we are off to Wellington on 20th May for Hugh’s appointment with the specialist at the Spinal Clinic. After waiting so long, I hope for a miracle, they do happen, maybe it will be his turn.

This week, I needed a short holiday. A  private room, with full room service, warm blankets on arrival, and everything a girl needed. PUO, and BIBA, the usual acronyms for “pain of unknown origin” and “Brought in by Ambulance”. Severe pain, unable to walk, even with Hugh’s spare crutches, so a few hours rest , ( I was in the plaster room , were they already thinking of something serious?!!!)..pain meds, an X-Ray to rule out a pelvic fracture!!! They could not  diagnose any particular thing that contributed, so if I could totter to the bathroom, and get on and off  the bed when I tottered back, I could go home, Well, I did say to myself, very quietly… 4 hours rest is better than none at all. the pain has almost gone, and I am taking each day VERY slowly. Friends have phoned, and offered any and every help imaginable , Joyce and  Hugh have taken up the reins for a few days.       All is well.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“It’s the friends we meet along life’s road who help us appreciate the journey”

Greetings from Jean


Jenny said...

Oh dear, sorry to read that you have had a trip to hospital. But you hardly had time to enjoy the room service, by the sound of it.
Best of luck with Hugh's upcoming hospital appointment.

Jenny and Robin

Leeanne said...

Wishing you the best and I hope you will be OK. Your autumness is lovely!

Brit said...

Hei ! Its cold here in the mornings too. Ice on the carwindows and the spring is only slowly beginning to show its colors.

eileeninmd said...

Hello jean, I will pray for a miracle for your Hugh. I love your autumn colors, the leaves are so pretty.. Ginger Boy is a cutie.. Stay warm! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Jean ~ I am so sorry for your trip to the hospital but I'm glad they didn't find anything wrong. You just take it easy and let others help when offered. You've been under a LOT of stress lately. You are in my thoughts and prayers for yourself and for Hugh.

You have some wonderful autumn beauty surrounding you and I'm glad you are able to get out and enjoy it.

Love and hugs from across the water ~ FlowerLady

Out To Pasture said...

Gosh Jean, your pain attack sounded awful. Sure hope it doesn't return and that you find out what caused it. Glad to know that Hugh will soon meet with the spinal specialist and hope that relief results. Loved your pics. I've never seen those lovely flowers before. Ginger Boy looks so regal. Thank you for sharing. All the best, Florence

The Furry Gnome said...

You have a good attitude if a short hospital stay is a "short holiday"! Still can't get over the reversed seasons though!

TexWisGirl said...

i'm so sorry! i truly hope it was just a short-term, odd thing for you! terrible!

i loved your share of color - especially that wonderful leaf design! gorgeous!

be well, ms. nancy j!

Linda said...

Beautiful, Jean, and such a lovely cat!

Carol Mattingly said...

Oh Jean I wished you would get a second opinion. I think I would for your pain is coming from some origin. I know it isn't my place to say this but consider it anyway. Take care, I will pray for both of you. Carol

Fundy Blue said...

For a moment I thought that you were really checking into a posh hotel! So sad that it was the emergency room via ambulance. Please take it easy! I'll have my fingers crossed and say a prayer for Hugh on Tuesday! Hope the pain goes away completely and doesn't come back, but if it does you might want to get a second opinion.

Nancy J said...

Thank you all so much for the caring and loving thoughts. The final opinion was... MAYBE... a strained ligament, or maybe a problem coming from my back. And as I did have spinal surgery many years ago, there is probably some weakness there. Lots of TLC here right now, and a wonderful red sky this morning for Mother's Day. I am taking every day very slowly, pain almost all gone, and unless it returns, all is well. But I did have to laugh through the pain, Hugh with his crutches, and when I tried to walk with his spare pair, and couldn't manage a step at all... too funny!!! It makes me wonder how anyone on their own copes with situations like this.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

The change of seasons is happening here too as we move into our summer.

I'm sorry you've not been well--I hope you're able to get your rest, and feel better soon!

PS: I've really missed stopping by your blog. I'm hoping things have finally settled down for me. But I so appreciate your kindness and friendship!

Allie said...

Oh my goodness hon - praying the pain will completely go away and never return for you, and for a miracle for Hugh!!!!! Please take care, dear heart....

Jim said...

Jean, you are such a sweetheart....leaving this 'minor thing' to the last topic on your post!
That must have been scary indeed. I am happy the pain is subsiding. Some things that happen can be a real mystery alright.
Please take care and enjoy the TLC!
Now to those colourful photos....beautiful! I really LOVE those leaves and you are right....a beautiful quilt and great 'winter project'!! Maybe......

Our photos said...

Sad to see summer is ready to leave. I love the photo of the cat !

Barb said...

Dear Jean, At first I thought you'd gone to a spa - not the hospital! Don't overdo now that you're home. Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day. I'm in the city where we had wet snow overnight. It's still plenty chilly, but the snow has mostly melted. Hoping for a few days of sunshine. I love your autumn photos.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

It's so hard to treat things, especially when you don't know the cause. I feel so badly for you.
Much love and hugs.