Thanks folks. We have everything crossed! Still hoping for arrival on Monday next week.
Latest info suggests that the metal work will be removed & replaced on our return to Australia. It may be the only way to properly knock the infection over. So long as they don't think Dave is going straight from the plane to hospital. He will be injecting antibiotics from now until our return. And something for thrombosis too while we're on the plane. All we want now is to get home & spend some time with the kids & dogs. A night in our own bed & a decent coffee. Will let you know as soon as we do, what's happenning.
Hope the radio session went well Mum. We're in Salisbury today and the living history is stunning as you know. We've had several beutiful days in the South of England. Off to Cornwall tomorrow calling in on Aunty Clare for a cup of tea on the way. Expecting rain tomorrow but its a bit hard to grizzle about after such an ideal start to our trip. I reckon the environment in this part of the world is a nice as I've seen anywhere, its like a travel program. Love D & D
Thanks Bron. We will be thinking of you. As we get better at blogging, I'm sure we'll get more stuff on line for everyone to be jealous of.
Glad you've got to see the pics. Yes the grave is overgrown but not too bad.The actual headstone is 3 very low blocks stacked up as you can see which makes it look a bit lost in the longer grass. Diana pulled some weeds out around the stone but I think the lawnmower was definitely overdue for a run the day we were there. We saw a local news item somewhere, maybe Devon, about a controversy over whether sheep should be allowed to graze in churchyards - local opinion seemed to be in favour. The cemetery is very big and overall we thought it's pretty tidy. Counting the hours till we get on that plane.
Currently in Cambridge beautiful as expected lovely sunny warm day perfect. Took back roads from Felixtowe to avoid motorways - the GPS is brilliant for finding alternative routes. Went through one postcard village after another. Trying to find accom in Salisbury for tomorrow - it all costs an arm and 2 legs. We have an eccentric B&B landlady in Cambridge - 'if there's any problems, don't bother ringing, I'm off home to have a glass of red'!! Love D&D
Hi John and Mary we're way behind on replies due to our slight divergence from the schedule. In Truro now as explained on the phone today. Weather now more 'classic English'. Love D & D
I'm out of hospital now Mum and Di has driven me into Truro. Everything's going well. Truro is a lovely town which is a good thing because we#'' be seeing a lot of it. \love from D & D
Everything has a positive to it & Terry & Mo were certainly that in this case. They were fantastic & we hope to maintain contact with them.
Another positive is the fact that this place is so lovely to look at & has so many interesting things to see. I'm sure we will be able to fill our time in in a relaxed manner anyway.
And there's always next year!
Hi Robert great to hear from one of the team. Stiff everything Robert not just the upper lip! I'm an animated plaster cast at the moment. Yes, metal usually doesn't involve snapped tibias and fibulas and its hard to throw a convincing Rock God shape from a wheelchair. Cheers Dave & Di.
Hi Cokey what a disappointment, not a SINGLE pirate singing jolly music hall songs and dancing in a suspiciously gay manner (thank God for small mercies). I'm buying a small bodied Martin travellers guitar here as we can't leave for several weeks (I'm not allowed on the plane) and obviously transporting the guitar on my bike is no longer an issue. As I mentioned elsewhere on this page we grooved along to a great Celtic/Cornish jam session last night - guitars, fiddles, pipes, squeezeBoxes, mandolins) and I was busting to get up there and quietly play some chords in the background. I know it sounds like the music was crap - no Gibsons blasting through pedals into a Fender Twin - but it was great for something different. Being left handed they have to get the guitar converted by a luthier so they'll need cto get it done quickly or it won't be worth it. Keep in touch if you like, hope the gigs are going well. Remember if you ever need a left handed bass player...(joke) Cheers Dave & Di
Hi Gloria thanks for the contact. I hope you're own holiday was restfuil and you avoided nasty motorcycle accidents. We're focusing on the good things that can come out of this but the leg and medication is a serious restriction with no exxaggeration. I can't go far under my own steam and as noted on previous messages we're not allowed to leave the Cornwall area by the treating medical team. But we're still having some nice experiences. Regards Dave & Di.
Hi Mum yes by all means contact Terry & Mo but we don't have an address. We'll get you one but we'll give it you by phone so its not all over the internet. Had a nice contact from Satima the other day, seems like she's doing well. By for now. Love D&D
Hi Phil great to have your contact again. Yes NHS staff are leaving the system - my "pain management co-ordinator" is emigrating to Perth in a few weeks and the medical staff seem to be very stretched. But they've brought in laws to prevent the situation still occuring in Oz i.e. interns working 26 hour shifts etc. I think the legal limit is 12 hours. You'll see some updates of my leg next time you look at out blog. No running for at least 6 months I'm told, I'm going to go nuts if I can't keep my fitness up its a big part of how I percieve myself. Crutches maybe a couple more months yet, I'll have an X-ray either here or back home so they can check out the calcium growth. With 2 wacking great plates and a hardware store full of fasteners I'm confident my leg will be strong as ever with time. Bloody sore though. I miss playing music very much and may be picking up a small travellers guitar today as I'm so restricted in my physical options. I could have joined a jam last week if I'd had a guitar. We're moving on from Cornwall in a couple of days - I'm very glad. Its a stunningly beautiful, wild place just fascinating and exotic in its history but now the hospital has cleared me to travel by road we're off to the Cotswalds for a badly needed change of scenery. The bikes are in Manchester at the UK insurance Co's depot where all the assessments are carried out. Rather sad and sorry looking from my last memory of them but as I was lying in the middle of the road with Ambo's & cops all around me the memory's not that clear. I'm ringing them today as I'm a bit anxsious to have some oversight of the repair process, plus its the insurers who'll have to deliver them to the shipping depot as we'll have left the country by then. Hmmmm...but I have to say they've been very good so far. See, not enough activity I'm allowing myself to worry over stuff I shouldn't bother about. Di's recovering well, still sore in her joints and muscles partly because she's had to spend a fair bit of time pushing old 'Wheelchair Dave' around when she needed some TLC herself. Lets chat again Phil, our regards to Julie, Dave & Di
Despite the set back the trip is going well. We got to see a lot of Cornwall, which although not planned, turned out to be a great experience. And now we are in Wales, visiting with our rescuers.
Thanks for your good wishes & we'll do our best to stay safe from now on!!
Hi Mum, yes of course borrow the picture. Hope the exhebition is great for you. The political issues here are IDENTICAL. Talk to you soon by phone. Love D & D
Hi Al. Great to hear from you. Really pleased to see you back on your bike too. I'm sure Dave will enjoy telling you about our NHS experience. It has been varied but generally good, despite what you may hear in the media. A bit like our own.
Hope to be home next week & we'll catch up as soon as we're able. Di
Looking forward to getting home too & I know the girls have a few treats planned for us. Apologies that the photos have been a bit thin on the ground lately but I hope to turn that around a bit. Having trouble loading them up again at the moment.
Love to you both & see you soon.
Hi John & Rosie & thanks. We are certainly looking forward to getting home soon. Dave is very much looking forward to a decent coffee too as there is certainly no such thing to be found in England. A chin wag is also high on the list. We'll be armed with plenty of info about insurance & the NHS too for those contemplating a "similar" holiday adventure. Di
Thanks to everyone for your best wishes. Can't believe that it's finally going to happen.
As you now now Clare isn't really knowledgable enoujgh to access the blog, she might be able to if you're on the phnone at the same time. She's been generous with offers of hospitality and I'm sure we'll catch up with her again soon.