Sunday, 8 April 2012

Sickness, Sweeney and Shells

A week is a long time in politics, and it's tempting to extend that view to our recent holiday.


It began with so much promise.


But at times, it was difficult to see the wood for the trees, as the twins went down with their own version of the G.I. (gastrointestinal) Blues. An unplanned trip to the pharmacy, telephone consultations with doctors, and the general malaise associated with the sickroom, all conspired to dampen our spirits.

We did eventually break cover, in winter coats, to make for the beach. And, on Wednesday, we managed an Easter Egg hunt in the grounds of Lanhydrock House. Fortified with hot soup and slices of home-made cake, we trailed around, looking for clues, praying for the day to show some sunshine.

On the positive side, the girls are now back to fitness, and our daughter is catching up.


We stayed in this same converted mill last year and enjoyed the most perfect holiday. Unbeknown to us, the actress Claire Sweeney, had occupied the place during the previous week. A photo collage, recording the event, now hangs in the kitchen. Sadly, despite our best efforts, we couldn't replicate her level of joy, this time around.

But I left you with a note, saying I was gone looking for seashells.



That much, was achieved!

13 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear things didn't go to plan. One always feel doubly cheated when illness comes during a holiday. At least you did find some shells. I hope all the good memories will soon come to the forefront of your minds.

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    1. Just one of those things, Christine. The main thing is that the girls are back on form again now.

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  2. And how much did you have to 'shell out' to collect them? LOL

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  3. Glad to hear the twins and their Mum are back to normal or getting there. It really is a shame when that happens, but at least you had some holiday fun together. Nice collection of shells too.

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    1. Attended a late birthday party for the twins, yesterday, and everyone had a lovely time.

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  4. The best laid plans.....I remember a holiday when my sister was ill but it meant I got to spend a lot of time on my own with dad, which was different from usual and is still a nice memory.

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    1. The best laid plans, indeed. Still, all's well...etc

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  5. At least you weren't camping, (in a tent with no flushable facilities that would have been dire:)

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    1. I don't even want to think about it. We have tickets for the Cambridge Festival later this year. Under canvas is the only option.

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  6. Oh no! and gastro stuff is horrible - at least you got some lovely shells.

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    1. Yes. Must keep focused on the shells.

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  7. So glad everyone is getting better now and that you got to go to the Easter egg hunt. The shells are lovely x

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