Instead of settling in front of my laptop this morning I found myself wandering down the road to the Village shop.
Four kilos of sugar were purchased and, unsurprisingly, I was asked if I was making jam this morning ...
... back at home I put the kettle on to boil and put a saucepan on the hob. Within a few minutes I was stood stirring three and a half litres of sugar syrup. A short while later the sugar crystals had dissolved, I left the pan to cool and set about my working day.
There was nothing of particular significance to report today. A Presentation deck was drafted and I pondered how to respond to a peculiar email in my inbox. It had obviously been hastily drafted on a Blackberry by it's Author and was very disjointed. It also lacked any history or attachments to give it relevance. As I type this entry I am still "pondering".
On the occasions when I had a few minutes spare I headed out to the garage and assembled the various beekeeping items I would need later in the day.
I finished work at a reasonable time and loaded the car with a couple of bags holding my bee suit, the syrup and other odds 'n sods that I was likely to need. Half an hour later I was in The Tweedy's garden zipping myself in to the suit. It didn't take long to level up the hive and I didn't have to perform an inspection. All I needed to do was lift off the crown board, add a feeder, pour in the syrup and close up the hive. The whole exercise from start to finish took about ten minutes and it was rewarding to see a worker bee sipping from a drop of syrup in the feeder as I was finishing up.
At least this new colony now has plenty of stores to feed brood and help them build out the fresh foundation if the weather is poor in the coming days.
I said my goodbyes and headed home for an early dinner. We then headed out for an hour of Dog Training with Whiffler. He missed last week's lesson so I wasn't expecting perfection this week ...
... He wasn't appalling, in fact there were a couple of exercise he performed reasonably well, but overall he definitely needs more practice.
That just about sums up the day's events apart from a couple of calls about my MRI scan. The scans didn't show any problem with the hip, although it was pointed out that to get a definitive diagnosis I would need to have a more detailed scan with a die injection. I need to have a referral from a Consultant for that and I am unlikely to get that without excluding all other possibilities.
The next step is an examination of my spine and possibly a further MRI to see if a trapped nerve is causing the issue. Then, and only then, do I stand a chance of a referral to a Consultant.
I have already got my Private Health "Joker" ready to play.