The Official Photographer

Yesterday’s recovery from my knee surgery moved on apace today. My head is so much clearer than it was at this stage last May. Asking me to wiggle my toes, Mr Kask informed me that the operation was straightforward, which is his way of expressing satisfaction.

The physiotherapists were impressed with the amount of flexibility I already have. In both the morning and the afternoon sessions I was able, with the aid of a walking frame, to leave the bed and walk to the wall a very short distance away and back.

At this time Jackie is the Official Photographer, taking the role fulfilled in Dunedin, New Zealand, by Pauline’s daughter, Danella.

This afternoon she captured me loading these two photographs onto WordPress in readiness for this post, completed after her departure. I  am still plugged into an oxygen supply giving me a rather fetching moustache extension. The two oranges in the first picture were left with me by James, a  very pleasant companion who had shared my room for 24 hours.

I think the starter for my evening meal was parsnip soup. This followed by a flavoursome vegetable lasagna will plentiful fresh salad and chips like my mother used to make. I drank water.




  1. We may yet have a global convention of our Official Photographers 🙂 You are looking remarkably perky – those those two oranges look more like capsicums to me, so you may be hallucinating ……… definitely stay on the water xoxo

      1. Lovely to see the lovelies Danella and Pauline mentioned! You are looking quite perky. Bravo at having the worst over with and the worst to look forward to. : I

  2. Just checking in to see how you are doing today, Derrick!
    You continue to look good! And your meal sounds lovely! Veggie lasagna! YUM!
    So continued best wishes for your healing and recovery!
    Gentle (((HUGS))) 🙂

  3. It’s good to know you’re up and running. Well, not running, but on your way. I wonder if they used a different anesthetic? Sometimes that makes a difference in how you feel. In any event, I suppose it doesn’t matter, as this time is already better.

  4. Can’t wait to see you back in the ol saddle as they say…or used to say! Glad to see you’re on the mend. Miss your pictures.

  5. Glad to see you’re progressing well, Derrick. Do whatever walking you can because that will benefit you. There was a really good programme about the New Forest on BBC4 earlier this week. I’m sure you’d enjoy it if you can catch up with it on BBC i-player.

  6. God bless you, Derrick, and grant you a speedy and thorough recovery! Did you have both knees replaced? I had my right knee replaced a decade ago. Never got past 90 degree flexibility. Sounds like you’re on your way to far greater. Keep at it! I hope it gives you a new lease on life! Pain-free (after a time)!

  7. Speed recovery my friend!!!! I am still in hospital totally alone as i have h1n1 flu and they don’t allow to anyone see me !!!!! Kisses!!!!!

  8. So, Jackie gardens, cooks and, as we can see here, takes photographs. If she ever takes up writing I’m looking forward to reading about you from her point of view. 🙂

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