Friday, July 30, 2010

Chimney sweep, recovery and nurses.

1. The cottage across the carpark is covered in scaffolding. Now that the roofers have gone home, the family has climbed up to see the view -- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The father lifts his teenage daughter on to his shoulders so she can pull ivy off the chimney stack, and she is shrieking and giggling as she stretches up.

2. Nick's mother is so much better -- she has a look of triumph about her; and she's moving to the rehabilitation ward after the weekend. "I just need to be able to lock my knees," she says. We show her Baby Badger's scan pictures and try to work out whether we are looking at ribs or fingers.

3. Across the ward, a nurse strokes a patient's forehead and talks to her gently about where she is. "They're so kind here," says the grandmother of 15 in a pink dressing gown who has stopped to visit. "I don't know how they do it."