The knee x-ray is done and dusted, I got straight in as there was nobody there waiting. It was a bit unpleasant, I had to stand (I was expecting to be lying on the couch) and the radiographer was none too gentle as she manhandled my knee into the correct position. As I'd had to take off my knee brace and my knee is very weak without it, I was a bit wobbly, fortunately it didn't take long. I've nothing to complain about at all really, when we see on TV all the poor shell-shocked homeless people left with absolutely nothing, not knowing where they'll end up or if they'll ever be able to go back to their country or see neighbours, friends and family again. I don't like watching the news, but feel I must once a day, it feels like I owe it to the Ukrainians to see what they're going through. It strikes me that they couldn't wish for a better President - I know nothing about him (other than reading that he used to be an actor or a comedian) but he's just so strong and brave and inspiring - despite knowing that he's Russia's No. 1 target and could be killed at any time. How must he feel knowing he and his family are being hunted down?
After leaving the hospital, we went to Wilko's where I normally buy most of our toiletries and cleaning supplies. I was surprised to find lots of big gaps, big price rises (as everywhere) but the thing that surprised me the most was that they seem to be discontinuing a lot of their own brand things and now only had the major brand name (much more expensive) stuff on the (half empty) shelves. So I won't be going there for supplies again, I'll try Aldi or Lidl, or even B&M. I did buy the things we needed immediately there, as my knee was protesting so much by this time that I really didn't feel like going anywhere else. Fortunately, we're well stocked up now and I won't need any further shopping for at least a couple of weeks.
We also stocked up with dog food and then collected our monthly prescriptions from the surgery on the way home, so several jobs involving using the car at once, to save fuel. Husband commented that the price of diesel has gone up 18p a litre since he last filled up a week or so ago. How long before people simply cannot afford to fill up with fuel?
It just feels like all doom and gloom at the moment, but as I sit here typing I can see my lovely bright pink double flowered camellia in full bloom in the front garden.....although some of the blooms have been blown off in the recent strong winds. I know there'll be even more Spring bulbs out in flower when we go back to the caravan next week, so that's something nice to look forward to.
My phone camera photo doesn't really do it justice, sorry about that, it's a much brighter pink in real life. There's a foxglove that has self seeded in the pot, I must dig it out and put it in the border (when the weather improves!!).