Isolating in England: Day 143, A New Physio Walkabout Goal

Felixstowe Thursday flowers and beach hut (photo Visit Felixstowe)

Thursday hello from Felixstowe.

Today the sun shone, beach-goers made the most of it and Mr Ship Tracker once again faced the haze. We’ve yet to get a drop of rain, but thunder is rumbling and lightning flashing. The oft-used weather-report phrase ‘Sunny in the East’ may temporarily become ‘Damp or Wet in the East’ over the weekend. Any rain will be a blessing for the parched flowers and gardens.

In knee rehab excitement, on this afternoon’s video consultation with the Ipswich Hospital physio, after answering many questions and demonstrating my latest abilities, I received an ‘Excellent progress’ assessment. The updated regime includes an increase in the daily number of several current exercises; one new, harder exercise; and a gradual increase in daily walkabout time from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. Eek!

Clive and I agree the longer walking time will be good for both of us. I’m looking forward to circling more than the public parking lot and the few blocks around our apartment. This evening, to initiate the next 3-week cycle, we walked a larger loop for 30 minutes, albeit on flat roads only. Inclines and steps are still a challenge, but the knee is getting stronger. Progress! I’m so grateful for Clive by my side and for every NHS angel, friend and family member who has helped me get this far. Heartfelt thanks to you all.

For today’s tree by the sea photo, Mr Ship Tracker reports: ‘Our hang-around haze was a little less today, so I was able to take a mid-evening photo of the Container Ship BG Ireland arriving from Immingham (Hull). A clearer picture emerged as she entered the Port. She was built in 2007 and has a length of 140 metres.

‘BG Freight Line is a long-established European shipping line that runs a fleet of 23 fully-containerised vessels from its headquarters in Rotterdam. It focuses on northern European, UK and Ireland connections. Ports are served at least twice per week. Recent additions to their fleet include; BG Jade, BG Diamond and BG Emerald. So far they have resisted the temptation to name any of their vessels Barry, Maurice or Robin.’

May everyone have a great Friday coming up, and may you stay safe and well and tickety-boo.

Tree by the sea, looking rather autumnal, and container ship BG Ireland barely visible at top right (by Clive), Thursday 13 August 2020

Container ship BG Ireland entering the Orwell River to the Port of Felixstowe (still image from HHA camera)

News flash: As we go to press, a few raindrops are falling. Yay!

Take care everyone,
xxxx with love from us to you

4 Responses

  1. We’ve had a couple of spectacular storms and downpours here in central France over the past couple of days. One storm started while I was in the middle of a river. My companion cheerfully announced that we were in a canyon so would be fine (which we were, obviously…)

    • Great story, Susan W! Glad you’ve had some rain. Still pretty much waiting here, unbelievably. Nothing like a cheerful companion in a downpour 🙂

  2. We had a big rainfall yesterday, you could just imagine hearing the plants and trees murmuring “thank you!”

    Glad for the good report on your knee!

    • I’m getting quite jealous of the lovely rain falling elsewhere in Europe! Our Suffolk growing things will be grateful when it arrives, I’m sure. Hope the Swiss plants and trees enjoyed their drink xx

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