Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The last days of summer

if there is one constant in life, it is change. On Sunday my Dad phoned me and asked if I would take him to hospital, he has had angina for years but has recently been suffering from chest pains. His doctor had booked him in to see the cardiologist in October - but he had had a few bad nights and had taken some convincing from us all to get it seen too a bit quicker. 
I took him over to Blackburn Royal's A&E - it was heaving, and we thought we would be waiting for hours, but of course as soon as he mentioned chest pain they took him straight to triage, hooked him up to an ECG and before we knew it they had rushed him to the next department, hooked him up to all sorts of monitors, taken blood etc. 
It turns out he had suffered a mild heart attack. 
On Monday he had an angioplast and a stent fitted, and yesterday I brought him home! 
They could not have dealt with him faster or better - and we are all feeling a huge sense of relief he is back home with us with strict instructions to call an ambulance next time and not wait for his daughter to fetch him in!

As I have been too distracted to do much crafting, I thought I would treat you to a few shots of Billington and Whalley - I have lived here all my life, and like they say, no matter where you roam, there really is no place like home...
Even though we live in a small mill terrace, the view at the top is from our front door - the river is about 100 yards away, and this is our view as we walk into the village

then we cross the river and head towards Whalley through the old abbey gatehouse, built about 1500 years ago

Elderberries drape themselves over the garden walls next to the vicarage
and the ivy at this time of years throws out it's strange flower heads...

And outside the local primary school that I attended, as did my daughter, nieces, brother, father, auntie, grandfather and grandmother and their parents too! we found 'penny buns' growing - hubby was dying to pick them to fry up with some butter - but as he is on soya spreads these days I convinced him it wouldn't be worth it - so we left them for the kids to see.

I find a good walk around familiar territory can be good for the soul!

So - summer is giving in, and autumn is truly upon us - lets just hope it stays a little sunny!


crafts@home said...

Glad your Dads feeling better now, the pictures around where you live are lovely, I love the autumn too, if there is some sunshine to go with it.

VintageVicki said...

Glad your Dad is on the mend now - typical man not wanting to worry anyone.

Its a real mushroom Autumn isn't it - just wish I knew which ones were safe to eat.

topchelseagirl said...

Glad to hear your Dad is back home and recovering. Lovely photos.

dosierosie said...

Father in Law had that done a couple of years ago and is fitter now than he has been for years. the photo,s are great, it must be great to have all that family history around you.

Anonymous said...

Good to hear your Dad is better... aren't they daft, some men, about asking for help immediately? Bet he won't leave it as long next time.
Lovely walk and lovely views, isn't Britain just marvellous!

Just Original said...

Really pleased you Dad is doing well, glad the NHS did not let you down!

It looks beautiful where you live! Must google it to see what there!

Vanessa x

Christy@WickedHappy said...

So glad your Dad is doing better and that he received quick care! Love the photos. So beautiful!

Taz said...

Glad to hear your Dad is ok (((hugs)))

debbie said...

You are so lucky to live in such a lovely place and I am happy that your father is doing well.

Simone said...

Thank goodness your Dad was seen promptly! You must have been out of your mind with worry. You live in a lovely place judging by the photos.x