Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Around here...

... we have had a bit of a bumpy ride.

It was off to a perfect start when we decided to take a couple of days 'time out'.  There is something really nice about just jumping in the car and go and it was SO nice to get away for a bit..
We found a little cabin and spend a few nights in Clare valley, riding our bikes, walking, eating and relaxing before we picked up this little girl...

...Tilly, on the way home. Have you ever tried to keep an 8 week old puppy in a car on an almost 3 hour car trip??? Interesting, but we there..

The idea was go get back to work as soon as we got back. Well, needless to say with this little distraction in the house, getting anything done is rather tricky..

On top of settling our new family member we received the phone call every parent dread in the early hours of Sunday morning - Our youngest son was in hospital following an 'incident' in the city. Most importantly, he will be okay! They never tell you much over the phone so we didn't know that at the time and the hour it took us to get to the hospital seemed like forever...
He had been out with friends and was sitting in the main mall, minding his own business when he was 'coward punched' by some low-life thug (excuse the language, but I have absolutely no patience for this kind of people). From what we have been told, he took a blow to the back of his head and must have landed square on his chin so his jaw is broken clean down the middle. He remembers none of it.
There has been so many cases of young people ending up with permanent brain damage after these kind of cowardly attacks and we are just so grateful and relieved that he has escaped with 'just' a broken jaw and a few gases - it could have been so much worse.
The patient is back home, sore but in one piece and already complaining about the prospect of 6 weeks on soup, soup and more soup... What is is with men and food????
I am just tired following it all and finding getting back into things a bit tricky - but I will get there. Hopefully I will get back to my stitching this week.

Best stitches,
Anna X


  1. I'm appalled about the violence perpetrated by those who think it's fine. It's not, it's barbaric. I'm relieved that your son is recovering. If he is complaining about the liquid diet, he is being feisty! Soups and smoothies. Welcome to the new family member. Your son can help train Tilley!

  2. Oh my gosh sorry to read of your news but glad he will be okay. Sending lots of hugs xx

  3. What a despicable thing to do. Pleased your son is mostly OK.
    Tilly looks a joy.

  4. Good luck with nursing your son back to health! Perfect excuse to try every kind of soup on him? I bet there are recipies requiring beer or wine :).

  5. Anna, this happened to the son of a friend of mine (in Auckland). I am glad your son will be able to recover well. My friend's son has been left with brain damage and heart problems. I prefer your term 'coward punch' to what it is usually called here - 'king hit'.

  6. Oh, Anna... you have had your share of rough times. When I saw the picture of the puppy, I thought "Oh, no! Not again!" But, then read on and can't imagine your son being assaulted like that. So, it's not just the US that is insane these days...

    I hope his jaw heals completely. Will his teeth be ok? Very sad...

  7. So sorry to hear all this Anna . ..and you were having such a lovely few days too . Hope your son can be a good patient and heal very soon . Yes , I agree he can puppy sit , while you get back to some calming stitching . Tilly is adorable ,I love that picture of her scooped up in your arms :)

  8. Dear Anna,
    Oh the horror of seeing your child in pain in hospital. Every parent's nightmare.
    Tilly will probably prove to be a delightful diversion for all of you during the healing process.
    My very best wishes to all of you,

  9. Thank you all so much for your lovely and heartwarming comments. Knowing just how often this kind of thing happens to innocent victims makes me so sad. We are so lucky Lucas didn't get hurt any worse and he is on the mend. XX