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Primulas in January

Primulas in January

I’m still in bed although I did totter to the bathroom today to indulge in a long indolent bath. I’ve got over the fever and aches but am exhausted. I’m beginning to feel like a character from a Victorian novel who wakes to find herself in an unknown bed in a strange room.

Arabella shifted in the bed and opened her eyes. She was lying in a comfortable bed in a large room. A plump lady was sitting beside a warm fire. There was an old rocking horse in the window.
“Where am I?”
Nanny Hug lifted her head. She put aside her mending and bustled closer.
“You are at Flubugg Hall, Miss. My master Sir Reginald Bugg found you wandering on the moors. Why, it must have been a good three weeks ago.”
“Three weeks!”
“Yes, and we nearly lost you during that first week. A right state you were in. We had to call the doctor twice – he rode all the way over from Widows Peak – a good twenty mile round trip. But Sir Reginald said, “I only want the best for this beauty.”
Now don’t try and sit up, Pet. You are still very weak. I’ve got some beef tea warming beside the fire. In a few days time you might like to sit in the Bath chair on the terrace and enjoy the spring sunshine.”

I’ll be taking things slowly for the next few days but it’s wonderful to be feeling a bit better. Meanwhile Danny is dusting off that old Bath chair and sweeping the leaves off the terrace.


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  1. Fiona, I’m so glad you are feeling a little better & able to wallow in the bath & enjoy it. Do take it easy though as real flu is a hard thing to get over & really can take months till you feel strong & able to cope with manual work again. Just gentle pottering to build up your strength is the way to go.

  2. Get well soon Fiona, and don’t be tempted to overdo things. When I’d been ill and was itching to get back to work, I’d walk to the corner shop and back and see how I felt then; there’s a huge difference between feeling better when you’re doing nothing and feeling better when you’re walking/working/concentrating. Best wishes.

  3. Meanwhile Danny is dusting off that old Bath chair and sweeping the leaves off the terrace.

    Dream on….get well soon….and let’s hope he doesn’t get it…you’ll be fighting over that broom and bath chair….

  4. I am glad that things are improving though it will be a slow haul back to full health. Make sure you take care not to over do things

  5. so when are you finishing the novel?

  6. Glad to hear you’re feeling better Fiona, take it easy

  7. Take it slowly- good you are getting better!

  8. Lynds Jennings

    So glad to hear that you are starting to recover,flu is such a debilitating bug 🙁 Stay warm and comfy in that bath chair and get well soon !

  9. Good to have a post from you again Fiona and I am glad you are feeling a bit better. Glad you are going to take it easy for a few days. Flu sure does knock the sox off you.

  10. Glad to see you are starting to feel better Fiona- it is always nice to get up after being confined to bed for a while.

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