A few days in Merry England

Our short stay with my mom-in-law in England was so enjoyable. The weather was much better than I was expecting, and there were definite signs of Spring.

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Her garden is so tranquil and even in winter, looks really lovely.

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A couple of weeks previous, there had been storms and gale-force winds, which had almost uprooted this poor tree.

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On the Sunday, it was righted again with the aid of a rope and a strong stake in the ground. It was given lots of water, and we’re holding thumbs that it will recover from its ordeal.  The old Magnolia tree in the front garden was bursting with buds, and I would love to be there when they all start to blossom.

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The lady of the house was delighted to have ten members of her family around the table for Sunday lunch, and was positively sparkling.

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I showed you a Florida sunset a few days ago, but England also has some really beautiful ones, and this was definitely worth a photograph.

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I’m sorry I haven’t visited you much lately, but I’m just getting my life back on track, after being away from here for seven months. I went with my sister to visit my dear mom yesterday. She has become really frail after suffering a bad bout of pneumonia late last year, and is now living in a care home. It was wonderful to see her face light up with joy to see me again. We took her out for lunch to her favourite restaurant, and she managed quite well with her walker. I was so proud of her, and you will of course be hearing more about her whilst I’m over here.