Friday, May 20, 2022

 Again, no walk, but this time it was because Daniela and I devoted some of her last day to packing. I’m all set, except for the last-minute i-pad-charger, kitchen-radio, batteries sort of thing. Tumbrils at ten.

Comments: Anonymous, yours is easiest to deal with, so I’ll start there.

The long-tail cast on for an adult sweater in the round involves a lot of stitches. And if you get it wrong, too short a long-tail, there’s nothing for it but to rip them all out and start again. Been there, done that. But if you cast on using two identical balls, you just cut one of them off at the end.

Anonymous,  we’ve paid all our lives all right, but the problem right now is that the state doesn’t provide social care until all your money is gone.. That will have to be straightened out in the next few years. Scotland is better than England (relying on its English subsidy).

Thank you very much for your comments about elderly care, especially yours, Jenny. We investigated somewhat when my husband was at this stage of life. By then, it would have been too late for a retirement community. I think I may have fallen into the trap of assuming that what we have in Edinburgh goes for the nation. Tomorrow’s luxurious destination wasn’t even open then. I clearly don’t know much about it. I know that we’re big business, we geriatrics. No doubt things will go on changing. I was particularly happy to hear about your mother-in-law’s council-run accommodation in Glasgow. I’m particularly fond of Glasgow.





  1. I am constantly running into the wall of - this is harder than I thought - at each stage of life. I hope the care home you are going to lives up to its brochures and safe journey to Daniela.

  2. =Tamar7:56 PM

    Bon Voyage!

  3. How exciting! You are approaching this as a journalistic mission. I do hope the other residents are still able to converse. At the very least it will be a change of scene. We await your dispatches.

  4. Anonymous12:06 AM

    Dear Jean - I've just been looking at the Cramond website. Interesting reading. Best wishes for your stay there. Looks well appointed and more like a small hotel. I hope they treat you very well. Janet in Seattle

  5. Anonymous2:20 PM

    Got it. I missed that you said it was a long tail cast on. Now it makes sense!