Mending hearts

My father had a routine angiogram yesterday and was raced into surgery less than 24 hours later to bypass a blockage. The operation went as expected and he’s now starting his recovery. Phew! I didn’t sleep very well last night but I’m sure I slept much better than my father did before his operation. I’m impressed with the speed with which it all happened and have a big thumbs-up for the Australian health care system.

It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago Dad walked from one side of Britain to the other in the Coast to Coast Walk, all the while with a dodgy heart. How’d he manage it? He’s always been very fit and healthy and has made cardiovascular exercise a part of his daily routine for as long as I can remember. He’s never been overweight, never smoked, and eats a well-balanced diet. Perhaps he needs to eat more nuts? But heart problems run in our family. My Grandfather, his father, also had a heart bypass operation. It too was successful and he lived for a number of years after that.

I’ve been busy packing this past week and there’s more packing to do as we move into our new home next weekend. After this we’re never, ever, ever moving again.

Elizabeth has been doing more writing lately and yesterday she produced this gem:



Out in the Sun
When we were sitting in some shade we saw some giant pirates.

This is part of a book she’s been writing 🙂


  1. Glad to know that your dad’s surgery went well and wishing him a speedy recovery.

    Congrats again on your new home. I know moving houses is stressful. Hopefully your move will be as smooth as possible.

    1. Thanks, Chait. Everyone says he should have a good recovery since he’s in such good shape.

      And I’m actually looking forward to this move. I love the home we bought and am excited about moving in so I don’t think it will be too stressful.

      1. Dad and I did about 20 of the designated Long Distance Paths around England Scotland and Wales after he retired in 1988 and the Coast to Coast was in the top three for sure.

  2. Glad to hear your Dad is doing well, and how lucky to have that check up! When there are family genetics like that it is always worth getting yourself checked out too.
    And I understood all of Elizabeth’s enchanting story 🙂 I wonder what the Giant Pirates will get up to? 🙂

    1. I’m hoping we’ll do the same. The people who have sold their home to us were there for 28 years. In fact, the house has only had four owners since 1904. We’ll be the 5th.

  3. So relieved to hear your Dad is recovering from life saving surgery. No doubt his lifetime of healthy eating and pursuits will aid his recovery. Please pass on my best wishes.

    As for the translation, I managed it all except for ‘giant’ but when I saw your translation, I thought “of course!”.

    All the best for the move into your lovely new home. xx

    1. Thanks, Susie. From what I’ve heard he’s doing very well and they are expecting he’ll have a good recovery given his weight and overall wellbeing.

      I also didn’t get “jiint” first go. Elizabeth had to tell me and she was very indignant about it with a tone of, “How can you not know???”.

  4. Just read this post. I noticed on fb that your dad was scheduled for a heart op but didn’t realised that an emergency had intervened since that announcement. What a scare. If anyone should have the healthiest heart in the universe, it’s your dad. Seems that crap genes can override all the good stuff.

    Love the pirit stuff from Elizabeth’s book manuscript. 🙂 Actually, she’s spelt most of the words the way we say them except for ‘jiints’. Nearly there. Very impressed by her talents. 🙂

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