Thank you for the good wishes regarding Joe. It's been a while since I posted, as July and August (so far) have been punctuated with worrying hospital visits and tests. Unfortunately, he has been diagnosed with an ongoing health issue, which will never go away, so we are readjusting our lives and hoping that his employers will accommodate this. It's yet another uncertain episode in our lives and future here, just when we thought we had reached calm waters.
To take our minds off things for a while, Jean and Brian-next-door drove us over to a nature reserve a few miles away.
We settled ourselves into one of the public viewing shacks and spent a pleasant time distracting ourselves from our day to day problems, watching the many varieties of waterfowl that occupy the lake. We were thrilled to see a kingfisher fly past the shack, not once, but twice - far too fast for me to even pick up my camera. Swans are more obliging when it comes to scenic photographs.
Bumble bee bottoms were everywhere, as they enjoyed the giant teazels and wild growth that is growing in abundance now.
On the viewing shack, a dragonfly and peacock butterflies soaked up the warmth from the dry wood.
Just before we headed home, I wandered up to the top field, to capture some more views. As usual, the Wrekin was poking its head up - it is the major landmark of Shropshire and easy to spot if you're in a central location.
So we go into August with some apprehension, but hoping that now Joe has a diagnosis, we can settle down into another 'new normal'.