Across The Park

Late this morning Jackie drove me to my appointment with Chiropractic Eloise Moody, who showed me the x-rays of my neck and explained their story with the aid of a model. The upshot is that she is able to halt the process, and ease the pain, but not reverse it, which is pretty much what I had hoped for. We began a course of treatment which will continue on Monday.

Afterwards I took a walk through the park opposite. Squelching through sward, still soggy from another night of rain ceased this sunny day

I photographed graffiti across the green, including passers by, a man seated on the brick wall beneath the artwork, and a standing mobile phone user.

The dog of the man in the second picture frolicked with two friends, one of which attempted to snot my trouser leg.

Two friends asked me to photograph them.

I was able to walk from the art-wall through a private car park to Station Road and thence to the public one where my Chauffeuse awaited.

This evening we all dined on slow-roasted rolled breast of lamb; crisp Yorkshire pudding; boiled new potatoes; crunchy carrots; firm Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower, meaty gravy, mint sauce, and redcurrant jelly, with which Jackie drank more of the white Zinfandel and I drank more of the Garnacha.


  1. You did a great job capturing the street scene as I call it, the graffiti looks nice, actually. I’m glad that the sun has popped out for a change, but you can’t possibly be in a drought! I’m glad the dog didn’t snot your pants (trousers), dog slobber is gross! Dinner sounds delicious again, guys. I am guessing that you have bones in the neck that want to fuse together. I feel your pain as I have three herniated lower lumbar. Happy weekend! ????????????

  2. I really like this type of graffiti, and you captured it well. Interesting to see the progress of life with the various pedestrians, pets, and friends out for a breath.
    I am hoping your treatment for your neck goes well, Derrick.

  3. Here in Geelong, our good run of warm summer days has come to an end, and it looks like the rain has set in for the day … I hope your treatment program has the desired results Derrick

  4. I’m glad you finally managed to have the neck problem fully explained. Hopefully, pain relief may follow, that’s all we hope for isn’t it?

      1. Of course, my mistake. I read it as one of the two men did that. But you meant the dog. That would be awful if it was as I had read it????

        1. My paternal grandfather was walking by an open-topped bus at the beginning of the 20th century. A man gobbed over the top. The mucus stuck on Grandpa’s sleeve. He jumped onto the bus and up the stairs and made the perpetrator clean it off.

  5. The graffiti looks well planned and quite artistic. I wonder if the city organized the artists. So glad there’s hope for easing your pain. I believe in holistic treatments like chiropractic and acupuncture if one can afford them.

    1. Thank you very much JoAnna. I imagine it was an approved, or even commissioned, project.

  6. Being able to halt further deterioration and ameliorate pain sounds like a winner to me, Derrick. Your mention of your little stroll from the art wall to the car sounded good, too. I smiled at the mint jelly. I’ve never had lamb (except as gyros) but I’ve often read about the mint being a standard accompaniment to the meat.

  7. Someone has to say it: I am sure you have not been a pain in the neck to others about the pain in your neck! Chiropractors are underrated – I have flourished under their treatment one way and another over the years. I trust you will too!

  8. Hope the treatments work! YAY! Take good care of your neck…it’s a great support to your amazing brain/head and beautiful hair! 😉
    I’ve always enjoyed street art, murals, even graffiti…especially when it’s done artistically.
    Love the doggie photo…nice to see two smiling friends…wonderful reflection photo!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. Hi Derrick, I’m sorry to hear about your neck pain, I hope it clears up quickly. The art wall is great!

  10. Intriguing graffiti and I love the pink octopus. I hope your treatments help ease the pain and your prose is eloquent, as usual.

  11. I am glad you are getting some good chiropractic care, Derrick. It can help quite a bit.

    The dog going after your pant leg reminded me of those Gloucester Old Spots attempting to do the same. 🙂

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