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A lot has happened in both my life and world events since I was last on here that its hard to know where to start. So I won’t even try to put things in order just jump right in.

Covid-19 and Lockdown effect – Catalan view

As we get older things and events take on different meanings, all looked at in different ways from different viewpoints because we are all very different individuals. But this Covid-19 has, in many cases, helped put things into perspective. After 7 months of lockdown law and self imposed – NO we did not have Covid-19 but November/December of last year we spent recovering from Pneumonia – isolation we were able to revalue our lives and way of living. What we found was that we were less stressful, eating better – basically fruit and veg – and felt better for it. So we cut the chocolate, crisps and other comfort foods down to a minimum by saying we couldn’t go and get them because of lockdown and learnt to spread them out. There have been bars of chocolate in the fridge for weeks but only having a few squares now and then means we aren’t binging. I have also taken to no sugar in coffee or tea the fight to keep my blood sugar down and Diabetis at bay. With being confined to the house for over 11 weeks in the countries fight against the virus and only allowed out to do shopping, get medication or visit the garage its surprising what you come up with. This is the before picture of the kitchen before we decided to change it now have more space and units rearranged make it more country kitchen.

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Keeping Active

However there is always catch 22. For me its that although I try and keep active by doing odd jobs around the farm, it was taking a long time to build my energy back up as I got tired easily – at my age I’m sticking to that. Once we could move around again and get to the coast I have felt better as walking on level ground is easier then forest ground. There is the gardening which I helped my wife with and gave more ideas for the small gardens and me a liking for garden centres and potteries so going to look round them gives us plenty of exercise and gets us out. Which brings me to the animals.

The Wild Life

Yes he’s still here and wandering around. He and his friends come and go as they please he has a new friend we call The Rock. A Sandy coloured lump twice the size of Puddytat and wild like him. I think the wildlife up here is doing well they look healthy and well fed we don’t seem to have any mice etc,. Question! What makes a crunching noise and dislodges uncemented stone walls? Wild Boar rooting for grubs of course. We have seen them on the track looking healthy and heard them around the house in the night. So the forest at least is back to normal.

My Writing

I have started back writing, but picking up from where I left off has been a tad difficult. Until recently I hadn’t felt like writing. I’d start something then think whats the use and stop. I’m not sure why it just happened but I would regularly make notes and expand on ideas so now is the time to sort them all out and get back to my favourite pastime.

Well there you have it in a nutshell. I am quite sure I will be expanding on things but for now that’s it.

Michael Douglas Bosc – Author

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In the 1950’s pollution had become so bad that even the politicians decided it was time to bring in some form of regulation people were dying of pulmonary diseases on a record scale. It was safer to smoke cigarettes, you only took in tar and nicotine. Crossing the road was a major exercise in safety, as cars lorries and buses appeared out of nowhere. We could not even enjoy the benefits of the new social entity the old age pension, they were killing us off so fast. So they turned their attention to the coal industry. Every house had a coal fire, all that smoke being produced meant smog, and so the clean air act was passed in parliament and the major visible form of pollution started to vanish. Smog became a thing of the past and we were just left with the invisible poisons that entered our lungs, destroyed brain cells plus killing the children’s future at the same time.

One plus of the twentieth century was the electric bus or more commonly known as the Trolleybus. These looked like conventional buses which drew electricity from overhead cables, a fairly simple infrastructure system no tracks were needed like trams or street cars and they had a battery system which allowed movement when not connected to the overhead cables. The first trolleybuses were in use in 1911 starting in Bradford and Leeds, then in London in 1912. These systems were quite widespread in the UK, and trolleybuses are still in use in many places around the world where it is a clean and efficient means of transport that can use the existing roads with only slung cables to provide power. There is no vast infrastructure to pay for, unfortunately these no longer exist in the UK we have “Diesel.”
The petrol companies and automotive industries hold great sway in Britain, they make sure their interests are looked after whilst poisoning us with lead to get better performance from poorly made engines. But today we are told the air that comes out of cars is cleaner than what goes in. Why are we are so gullible? we believe anything the advertisers tell us and so the death knell of the Trolleybus in Britain was decided in the early Sixties. They were removed from the streets of Britain and the Diesel won and pollution poured forth silent insidious and poisonous filling our lungs and killing the children.   Today we have diesel buses and diesel taxis which fill our cities with silent deadly poison. There is a haze above every city in the world a greenish yellow haze full of particulates and brake dust.

However, today we have the technology to build cars, lorries and buses that do not need large engines to power them and the braking system puts power back into batteries rather than producing dust to kill us.

So what is stopping this transformation? why are our cities not clean and healthy conurbations of clean air? for this answer we have to ask the politicians. Are they still in the pockets of the oil industry? in Madrid the pollution is so bad they restrict vehicles into the city which is madness considering the technology already exists to prevent this.
I know this cannot happen tomorrow it takes some time but the time has now come to invest in the future, it is time to get ahead of this great problem. Rules need to be changed today financial incentives can be used to direct peoples purchasing decisions.

You see the longer these decisions are delayed the greater the danger to our health and long term wellbeing of the Planet.

 

After all it is only money that needs to be spent and we waste billions every day, so lets do something useful for a change. As you can see from these pictures Electric cars look the business. Plus with  Electric buses and taxis are now being produced why aren’t cities around the world purchasing fleets of them?

(c)  Michael Douglas Bosc   –   Author

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Some You Win – Some You Loose

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This is Bazz the goat who adopted us. As you can see he was not well very skinny turned out he had phunomia and after three days during which time we tried to find out who owned him, he died.  Seems there are a few goat herds about but eventually the Department of Agriculture found his owner and informed him we had his goat.  He was due to turn up mid afternoon on the third day but by that time Bazz had expired, so he took away a pathetic little bundle, so sad.   However, during his time here he decided that the shed was his best resting place and my garden was good for munching.  Lemon tree, vine, almond tree and lavender as well as rosemary and thyme he tried them all and drank vast amounts of water. But we have some good memories of him, shouts of leave the lemon tree alone, don’t eat the roses and get out of the tree to name but some.  He wandered around and even tried to get into the FFZ, the only thing wrong was the smell and flies.  Goats poo a lot and it smells, so had to go round and collect it from in front of the house garden did well though.  Anyway here are a couple of photos of Bazz doing goatish things to the lavender patch.

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The Boys and Daughter

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Well who would have thought it, these two hooligans have fallen in love with our daughter. She was over for a few weeks to rest and relax spending most of her time in the fly free zone with the boys for company whilst getting the benefits of the sun without burning.  They had her full attention and just loved it, she took over my ‘office’ and they made the most of things.  Shouting, playing, making sure they had the full attention of their audience.

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She had bought with her some toys after reading about their antics, palm balls, a weeble with a bell, plus a couple of other bits and was in stitches watching them destroy  the palm ball – these birds use palm leaves in the wild to line their nests – which meant they tossed out all the stuff in the nesting box then replaced it with the palm which they had chewed to soften, stripped into small pieces then lined their nest with.  So you can imagine how upset they were when she went home.  However, she sent them a new ladder made of wood and string so we strung it hammock style they now sit on it so we are now betting on how long it will take them to destroy it before Michael has to thread the wood with either wire or thin rope.  And yes they really are love birds bless……

 

Michael’s Hand Update

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As you may or may not know Michael has had an operation on his hand to remove a cyst.  The picture above is just after I got him home from the hospital. He was still under the effects of the anesthetic and insisted on showing the boys his and I quote “writers war wound” yep that’s what he told them.   However over the next few days he came down to earth as his hand came back to life and the pain set in.  Then it was a round of hospital visits until yesterday when he finally had the last stitches removed, now all I have to do is stop him from doing things that could open the wound such as chain-sawing… no not really but you get the idea.   The wound is healing nicely, but he still can’t play the piano….

The Garden

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This is not a picture of the garden as it is now, it’s too dire.  The lack of water – rain – has meant that everything has dried up and the place looks horrid.  But it allows me to clear away some of the dross and where I have done so the beds look well. HOWEVER!!!  although most of the plants are drought resistant even they are suffering so a water plan has been devised for next summer based on the one we have for the walnut tree. As for Sam’s garden, (picture) I have trimmed the olive tree of all the offshoots cleared the weeds and prepared the ground where the yellow bulbs are.  At this end where the pink and red ones are I have a few bits still to do and also make a support for the yellow flowers above the strawberry patch.   The green water tank will have to be put to another use elsewhere in the garden as  the Water Bar was not used this year, but at least we were not bothered by wasps. It is almost time for the olives to be picked so a trip to the presses for the residue which is used as fertilizer is in order.  The roses all need a good feed and also a tidying up so am looking for a few tiles to go round the base of them  to keep the ground moist either that or I shall dig a circle cover the ground with polythene recover with soil in the hope they will not suffer so much next summer.

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Well that’s the forest news for this week,  Michael is still writing and Clearing in the Forest is now out in paperback form from Create a Space and on Kindle.

 

(c) M.D.Bosc Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hospital and Me

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Well as I think I told you two weeks ago I had a phone call from the hospital informing me that the operation on my hand was scheduled for 8th of August (yesterday).  Having my instructions and tablets for the night before I was well prepared.  The only thing was our daughter has been staying with us and yep you guessed it, that was the day she was going back. But like her old dad she had a cunning plan, up to Barcelona Sunday stop in hotel by the station and catch the train in morning relaxed no hassle.  So Sunday found us driving up to Barca on a hot sunny morning, chatting about all sorts of things (well cricket actually). We have been listening to the test match on line best sports/comedy show going, anyway I digress.  We arrived saw her into the hotel said our goodbyes and headed home to find England had won the match.

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We stopped at Club Nautique for a drink and something to eat. I do like this club it’s a place where people who sail go, they are friendly and the atmosphere is happy. Here as you enjoy your drink and meal you look out over the river, see the various birds swooping and diving after insects. All against a summers evening of colour and tranquility whilst you watch the boys and girls training for the regattas. Lots of hard work goes into all this but also laughter plus their families are there to support them, a true sailing club. One last Coca-Cola then we headed home to my medication and preparation for the next day.

I Can’t Play the Piano…Or Caught in The Act!!!

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Well Monday dawned early and we arrived at the hospital in plenty of time. As it was a ‘day surgery’ I didn’t need a hospital bed just a reclining ‘trolly chair’ wonderful. The other thing that really impressed me was how the family is included in everything, mind you it really freaked my wife out when the surgon spoke to her after my op, but I’ll get to that in a moment.  So there I am ready for theater, in comes the trolly and off we go. When I get there my surgon asks if I wanted to go to sleep or stay awake – stupid question to ask a writer – stay awake I said, the writer in me wanted to see what was going on. So a torneque was placed round my arm and I was wired up to a couple of machines, then an anethsetic was injected under my arm and a few minutes later we were off.  I won’t go into detail but I really found it facinating and the surgical team were very good. I had two lots of liquid pain killers and a saline drip and when it was over I actually nodded off and it was then that my wife got her fright.

In the UK if the surgeon personally calls you into a room it’s usually bad news, so imagine her reaction when mine did just this. All the poor woman could say was “whats wrong? where’s my Michael?” confused the hell out of my surgeon for  few minutes. When she explained why he assured her all was well then went into great detail of what he had done. He was totally amazed that the families were not included in things in the UK, then told her I would be going back to the room in a few minutes and they would call her, AND THAT GIRLS AND BOYS IS HOW HOSPITALS ROLL IN CATALUNIA! I was a little wobbly but after a wander round, speaking to friends and doing a bit of shopping, I was driven home tired but happy. Tablets for pain, to help me sleep, and antibiotics along with instructions and a chart of when to take them are all sitting on the kitchen table, simple really.

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The Boys were shouting as our daughter used to sit in my wife’s office and talk to them so I showed them my bandaged arm they were not amused, didn’t like that but they are now taking to me through the sitting-room window where I am sat at my desk reading through my latest book.

Well that’s my adventure over for a while – I hope – will hand you back to my ‘blogger’ for updates on our Forest Life.

 

(c) M.D.Bosc – Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Living with Blood Pressure is a trial and error thing. Firstly you are given tablets to bring it down – DONT READ THE INFORMATION PAPER – that alone can kill you. You visit the doctor twice a year for a check up and on the second visit a blood test is done to check everything is still working ok.

So you take the tablets for a few years then begin to feel really tired. Off to the doctors again for blood test and check up. There you are told to come off the tablets and are given new ones of a lower strength. Ummmm something is not quite right you now feel more sleepy than ever. Back to doctors more blood tests etc., then you are given another tablet to help ward off the effects of the new ones. At least they work and you are feeling better.

Apart that is from that strange noise when you move sounds like rattling….

© Michael Douglas Bosc
(Author of A Soldiers Wind & A Bengal Poppy)

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A NEEDLE it’s just a little prick..

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Medical Discrimination Against Men?.

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I think we will have to stay mum when we are off out for a meal. The last time we travelled to a restaurant we had food poisoning http://bit.ly/ShfRCJ, that was in October 2010.  It is now 2010 and we had forgotten all about that other meal.

Our daughter had come over for a few days, so we decided to go out for a meal.  Now as it was our daughters birthday the Sunday before, my editor suggested we all went to a Chinese restaurant down the coast.  So we duly arrived to pick her up had a cup of coffee and a chat then off we went.  What we did not know was that a wasp had attached itself to my wifes jumper, she is allergic to wasp stings.  So a little while later as we were driving she gave a cry and found a nasty mark on her arm, she had been stung. Then she saw the wasp on the floor. Now we had a problem!

To start with her arm came up in a small hard lump, then as we headed towards the restaurant it began to swell and go red. At the restaurant we held vinegar over the sting and gave her antihistamine tablets, we had tried to squeeze the sting out and thought we had done just that.  All this seemed to stall the swelling and the redness began to go down.  We all then enjoyed a very good meal.

This restaurant is an ‘eat all you can for xx euros’, the food was laid out in a long buffet. So we started at one end and worked our way down the line.  From the salad bar through the sushi, very good as well with a selection of sauces.  Next came a selection of cold fish prawns, mussels, clams etc., followed by various paella, and noodle dishes.  Then came ribs, pork, beef, chicken and duck with rabbit as a back dish.  After this came a selection of small bits fruit and last but not least a whole section of cakes and puddings  lots of cream and chocolate  ohhhhhh…..

Although my wife seemed a little off colour we all thought she was fine. However, after lunch we drove back to my editors house and after a few minutes she wanted to go home ooops.

When we got home she was not well went to bed  and slept for 19hours.  When she woke around midday her arm was a little better and she began to get the sting out packing the hole with drawing cream, Her arm was red and sore but gradually it began to get better she has started taking antibiotics as friends and the chemist said she should have gone to hospital.  Never mind I am looking after her.

And the wasps? well they have joined the snakes  not near our house, we have both been stung over the years its not nice and I don’t like to see my wife suffer.

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I would like to thank BLESSMA for the help and support my family received when my wife’s mother died recently. Bill, Kath and her husband have been there for everyone. A few years ago when my Father-in-law died they were a great support  and two weeks ago when my Mother-in-law passed the knowledge that they were there helped my wife and daughter cope.

These people work tirelessly to help and aid those service and ex-service people who have been injured, lost limbs or just need help. I can never thank them enough they made Jacks life easier and towards the end they were always there, when Kath visited Jack in hospital she always had a laugh and joke.

These people work along the south of England but there are others all over the country who deserve your support and thanks for the ceaseless support they give people. We (the family) are hoping to be at the annual dinner this year. When we have attended in the past it has been fun and friendly. We have always been, as has everyone else, made very welcome.

So as an ex-service person myself please everyone support this worthy organisation in any way you can after all you never know when you might be in need of it. They will be there for you, please be there for them you will not regret it.

Michael Bosc

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Hospitals: Are You Fit To Die?.

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