Gently

Gently is all, gently……

Gently does it.

Gently does it.

I have been sick with a virus; probably a type of flu. I am recovering well.

Jack was the best possible nurse.

Jack ~ faithful friend

Jack ~ faithful friend

Many people have been sick, or are sick, with this virus.

I am looking forward to putting winter behind me. The first crocus will appear soon. And theΒ  trees at the end of the street will blossom by the first week of August.

Signing off with the warmth of sunshine on my shoulders.

Gently is all, gently.

Β© silkannthreades

 

 

235 thoughts on “Gently

  1. BEAUTYCALYPSE

    Be well, dear A.! And Jack is indeed a lovely friend. Gentle forces are at work here, pushing steadily towards summer πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      This weekend we expect a small bump in the gentle ride into spring…..some sleet in the city and snow inland. Not unusual for this time of year.

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      1. BEAUTYCALYPSE

        Gentle is good. We endure the most un-gentle +37Β°C, unusual humidity over here… and I wouldn’t mind some snow! πŸ˜‰

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Phew! That sort of heat is way out of line. I got used to those temps in Cairo and New Delhi but I don’t really want to experience them again. I’ll toss you a snowball if the snow comes.

        2. BEAUTYCALYPSE

          Absolutely! πŸ™‚ And I’m counting days until my summer holiday, which makes it even better.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Mary, thank you. My slowing down today involves cooking an old fashioned steamed pudding. I am listening to the gentle bubbling of the water around the pudding basin. It’s lovely.

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  2. utesmile

    Gently is always best. Glad you are getting better with Jack’s help. .. and looking forward to warmth helps too. Wishing you a good week and back to normal health and strength. Hugs

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Ute, I can see so much improvement today in my well being. I may venture out tomorrow and see if there are any blossom trees to photograph yet.

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  3. colorpencil2014

    Poor Girl!! I am happy to hear you are on the mend again. And indeed, are dogs not the best medicine?! Charley will lay on my bed and have her paw on my hand when I am sick, she can do that all day long. It feels wonderful than;0) xo Johanna

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Aww, isn’t she a sweetheart! And how you have loved her too when she has been unwell. I will never forget collecting Jack from the vet after some dental work. He came into my arms and sobbed and sobbed. I brought him home and sat with them for a couple of hours, until his little body calmed down and he slept. I didn’t know that a dog could sob its heart out.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh dear. Soggy northern climes don’t sound appealing. It’s soggy here tonight, too, but the day was reasonably pleasant. I just sit with my back to the sun and enjoy the warmth coming through the window. Much like Jack does, actually.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thanks Vanessa. Both my husband and I had flu injections at the same time. I still went down with something but, so far, he has been fine. Hope it stays that way.

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  4. Tiny

    I think Jack and Bumble went to nursing school together. That was an excellent class πŸ˜‰. I hope you’ll be fully recovered by the time of the first blossoms.

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  5. Letizia

    I do hope you feel better soon. Jack is a wonderful nurse, I’m sure. Even his sleeping presence is reassuring, those gentle snores being very hypnotic.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Letizia, it’s the first time he’s ever had to play nurse, and I am so amazed at how wonderful he was. It was almost worth being sick just to have the experience of being cared for by Jack. I am mending well.

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      1. Letizia

        I’m glad to hear you’re on the mend! I find that terriers make good nurses. They are very in tune with one’s needs I suppose…. And failing that they are always up for a good cuddle πŸ™‚

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  6. clarepooley33

    I am glad you are on the mend, Ann. From reading your comments above I see you are at the stage where you want to do things but can’t. That is the most difficult stage on the road to recovery. So much patience is needed! Also if you haven’t had a nasty illness for sometime (was it gastric flu? The worst!) you probably had no anti-bodies to resist it. Plenty of rest and nourishing food and the company of a sweet dog and a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you. πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Ann. For the first 24 hours there seemed to be some element of gastric upset, after which my stomach settled and a more regular flu took up residence. My anti-bodies were definitely awol, but I am so much better now.

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  7. MΓ©l@nie

    glad to see you back gentle and lovely lady… ❀ let's hope that viruses will stay away from you and from all your loved ones, eventually in a out of order computer, not in a Pandora's box! πŸ™‚
    I'm not a doctor, so I won't prescribe you anything… πŸ˜‰ just relax, sit back and go on blogging! πŸ™‚

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  8. Leya

    Glad to hear that you are better – and Jack is as they are – wonderful healers. The light and Spring will soon be there for you too. It’s on the way…
    Hugs from me and puff from Totti

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I almost made some the other day. I had a brief excursion to the supermarket and saw the makings for chicken soup but then it suddenly seemed all too much. I came home and had omelette instead. I will enjoy your virtual soup. πŸ™‚

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  9. GP Cox

    Not only is it terrific news to hear that you are recovering, but the amount of friends who have commented here must make you smile – you deserve the best, Ann.

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  10. Su Leslie

    So glad you are starting to feel better. So many people seem to be I’ll at the moment. Hopefully there will be no more icy surprises before spring arrives.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It would be nice to not have any more ice before spring but I expect we will have a few more chilly days. I am ever so grateful for my warm house. It’s been a difficult winter for so many. I am sure you have read the reports of some elderly people staying in bed all day because they can’t afford to heat their houses.

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      1. Su Leslie

        I do worry about how many NZers live in cold houses because they lack insulation or because heating is just unaffordable. It always amazes me how many houses aren’t designed to catch the sun and have a bit of natural heating. Not much use when it’s overcast, but lovely on clear days.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          My house is a good sun catcher but not really a good heat keeper. I wish it were otherwise but there was no energy efficient housing on the market when I was looking 15 years ago. I am sure you will have more options for your next home. πŸ™‚

        2. Su Leslie

          Yes, lack of proper insulation is a kind of denial that we Kiwis are quite good at. When we renovated, we put in lots of good insulation — more than was “required” by council. Our builder couldn’t believe we’d spend more than absolutely necessary, but the results have been worth it; not least in electricity savings. Of course, we were privileged to be able to afford to do that. Not an option for many when house building costs are so high.

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          Sad but true that the most significant investment most of us make, our home, is short changed. I listened to Mark Todd on Radio NZ this morning. http://www.ockham.co.nz/about/ I like his philosophy but his buildings still seem very expensive. Have you seen his company’s projects in Auckland? Glad Ockham Residential is supporting the NZ Book Awards, though.

        4. Su Leslie

          I recognise the Grey Lynn and Mt Eden apartment buildings, but hadn’t realised there was anything special about them. You’re right — they are very expensive. I like that Ockham has created scholarships at AU and supported a school. I don’t think of property developers as being particularly philanthropic these days.

        5. Su Leslie

          No, I was meant to go and see it at the Ak Film Festival, but had to go to a meeting instead 😦 I’m hoping it comes back on general release, or maybe the library will buy the DVD and I can borrow it.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you Amelia. My nectarine tree is about to burst into blossom, and yesterday I saw a bee in the garden. These little signs of returning warmth are heartening.

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  11. KerryCan

    Oh, good! You’re well enough to be back here! You were really laid low by this illness–I’m glad you’ve reaching the turning point, back to wellness and spring!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Kerry, I can’t believe how low I was laid. The last time I was this ill with a flu type virus was more than 20 years ago when we were in New York. Yes, I am going to spring into spring.

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      1. KerryCan

        I think the sickest I ever was was with the flu, as well. I always get the vaccination now, even if it isn’t perfect protection. Glad to hear you sounding like yourself again!

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          For the last 10 years, I have been very diligent about flu jabs…so I hate to think what I would have been like with no protection at all. I probably would have ended up in hospital. 😦

  12. April

    Aww, so sweet of Jack. My dog would be too big and slobbery to have cuddle next to me. That’s what my cats do quite well. Unfortunately, they don’t let me move much because they are much too close. I’m happy to hear you are on the mend.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Jack may be little but he can still slobber. I wasn’t too worried whilst I was sick but all the bedsheets and blankets and covers needed a very good wash as soon as I could manage it.

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  13. Heather in Arles

    Oh dear, feel better dear G. Although it sounds like you are handling it well. Thank goodness for our pups when we are out of sorts!

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      1. Heather in Arles

        It is not only you, G. This happens every once in a while between WordPress and Blogger. Boooo! But don’t worry about it. I know you are around. πŸ™‚

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  14. leapingtracks

    How beautiful you look, even if a little tired from your illness. A lovely smile from you to us and the crocuses – there is nothing nicer than to see the spring flowers poking their heads through as a tonic to lift the spirits. And with Jack at your side, there will soon be no stopping you!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I do hope so, Leapingtracks. This has been a stern reminder that I am not as strong as I imagined myself to be. I need to be more humble!

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      1. leapingtracks

        We must always be kind to ourselves first and foremost, in order that we may have the strength to be kind to others. Easy for me to say – I almost never stop to think about what I need for my health, often to my detriment, and this has a knock on effect for others, mainly my dear husband. I am trying hard to change and improve. I recommend very much the writing of Toni Bernhard if you have not yet come across her books. She has such an interesting outlook on life.

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  15. LaVagabonde

    There’s always that one virus that makes the rounds during winter. Sorry to hear that you’ve got it. The best cure is indeed gentleness and a warm doggie. πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I have managed to avoid them for years. This one caught me, ‘good and proper’. Thank goodness for the patience of a little dog, prepared to cuddle close for as long as needed. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Fortunately ( for me) I have a friend staying over for a while. She is preparing tempting meals. My taste buds are coming to life again.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      For Jack to spend time on my bed is a super big treat in itself. Normally he is not permitted to be on the bed. He couldn’t believe his luck!

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  16. Cynthia Reyes

    Be kind to yourself, dear girl.
    I am glad Jack is is a faithful friend.
    Glad you are turning the corner.
    Aren’t winter flus awful? Somehow they seem to hit us harder than the warm weather ones. Sending a gentle hug — gentle….

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  17. Juliet

    Gently – that’s exactly my theme too as the flu has left me very depleted. I had an excellent acupuncture session today. She said, ‘your chi is totally depleted and your lung channels are blocked.’ After a few needles – gently done – I began to breathe freely again. She said a lot of people have had the same thing, this loss of energy. So you are not alone dear Gallivanta. I wish you a gentle and thorough recovery. First Light is almost here and that will help.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Juliet, I was pleased to read your seasonal newsletter on First Light. I do sense a change in the air and the light and feel lightened in spirit as a result. I am glad you are recovering too.

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  18. Travelling Kiwi

    Two lovely photos. A furry friend who just wants to be there for you is one of the best medicines I know. Thank you, doctor Jack, for ministering to my friend.

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  19. thecontentedcrafter

    Gallivanta, can you believe it, just yesterday I was speaking about how this winter seems to be asking of us that we settle into it softly. Let go, be still, ponder a little, let it all rest. Soon enough all we let settle will return us to life. Be well! xo

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  20. Lavinia Ross

    Gallivanta, glad to hear you are doing better. It will take time to feel back to normal, so please do rest up, eat well, and take advice from Dr. Jack – naps are a good thing. They restore body and soul. Cats have known this for ages. Nano cat tells me the same thing, and herds me off to bed when he thinks I should nap.

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  21. jennyredhen

    Try that floradix I recommended.. Honestly you will be on your feet in no time get the smaller bottle.. Its sold at supermarkets but i am not sure if they have both sizes.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I saw the Floradix in Countdown the other day but only in large bottles. I think I will start with a smaller size. I have been eating well and resting well so hopefully a lot of my immunity is back.

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      1. jennyredhen

        the thing with the large bottle is that you dont use it all before you feel a lot better and after about 7 days it starts to ferment. so a small bottle is better and cheaper. I am not sure where you get them.. maybe the chemist?

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      We take good care of each other. πŸ˜‰ Although I hate it if my little friend does get sick. His sorrow is so great and I feel so helpless.

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