Where’s Martin? (3)

Jackie and I spent most of the morning in Boots Opticians in New Milton where we bought new specs for her and I was advised that a cataract operation would be in order.

Martin, in the meantime, battled the gales to make far more progress on tidying the garden, and in particular

weeding the Gazebo Path.

Where’s Martin? (3).

Wind swept

the Cordyline Australis

and the Weeping Birch, stripping the latter of the last of its leaves.

In the afternoon the washing machine we bought last week was swiftly and efficiently fitted and the old one taken away.

Later Elizabeth and Jacqueline dropped in for a chat in which we sorted out international and national politics. They didn’t stay for dinner because they had enjoyed a substantial late lunch at Rosie Lea Tea Rooms.

Jackie and I dined on Chicken Kiev, chips, peas, and sweetcorn with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Bordeaux.


  1. Chicken Kiev sounds wonderful. I haven’t made that in a while. Maybe I will put it on my list.
    I’m sorry about the cataract surgery. Once these doctors get their hands on you, it’s hard to keep them away. They are always coming up something they need to work on!

      1. LOL! It’s not a completely simple thing to make. You have to make sure the butter is the right temperature, wrap the meat just right, etc. hahaha

  2. It sounds like a productive day. Good luck with the cataract surgery, whenever that is. It was quite quick and painless when my husband had his, and he sees so much better now. Martin is certainly dedicated.

    1. Thanks very much, Merril. My first cataract op, about 25 years ago, was the result of a cricket ball in my left eye when aged 14, and not so quick and painless as I understand it will be today.

  3. So glad that you, Jackie, Elizabeth and Jacqueline were able to sort out the political arena. Boy does it need some heavy sorting! Cheers to Martin for jobs well done. (He was somewhat easy to spot in his rain gear.) Wishing you a successful cataract surgery.

  4. I’ve heard people say they are thankful for their cateract surgery. I have a few more years to wait before insurance will cover it. Martin inspires me to continue working on my pathways. I love the owls and the weeping birch.

      1. Thanks so much! It was a very good day for Maine and far better than I had feared for the rest of the country. Went to bed with a feeling of relief on election night.

  5. Martin is so great at hard work…then add the wild wind and weather…and he still gets the work done! YAY, Martin! πŸ™‚
    Bestest wishes on the new glasses, Jackie…and on the cataract surgery, Derrick.
    I remember after my mom had her cataract surgery she was amazed at how brighter and more beautiful everything looked. πŸ™‚
    I love spotting owls! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ❀️

  6. Oops! I’m sorry I mistook Martin for Jackie. There was I admiring the full raincoat and thinking she was an absolute martyr to her cause! ?

  7. Sorting out international politics would impress me. Perhaps you could sort out our own next. It was strange to read todays post saying no cataracts surgery needed immediately before this one. I wonder why the decision would change overnight?

  8. God bless Martin! The path is greatly improved with his loving care! So glad you received the washing machine and it is now installed for your use. I hope it gives you a lifetime of trouble-free service!

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