Loving connections…

A lovely friend and I sat on a farmhouse balcony and shared afternoon tea today and this was our view.

I attended a routine hospital appointment this afternoon and she insisted on giving me a lift. The phone call with that offer was hilarious, as I initially resisted her kind suggestion. Why do we do that ‘No, it’s alright I can manage’ thing when anyone tries to be kind! It’s nuts. Anyway, mid conversation, as I was resisting, this was her deciding line:

‘Please do not deprive me of your company. I have missed you and it will be lovely to have a catch-up and I need to go there anyway to check on where things are when I have my appointment next month.’

I responded with ‘That is the most sophisticated emotional blackmail I have heard for some time.’

Much laughter followed, which set the theme for this afternoon.

We drove straight there, parked with ease, found the required hospital section and I was called in right away. Marvellous.

Then we walked out and turned left instead of right, talking nineteen to the dozen and completely oblivious to our error. As we walked out of the exit door we faced a car park we didn’t recognise.

‘This isn’t car park G’ my lovely friend said.

‘I am deeply impressed that you remember which ‘letter’ car park we are in’ I replied.

Several corridors, exits and different car park views later, we admitted we were lost. Various staff members were unable to help us either.

It was a comedy of errors and finally (and I do mean some time later) another nurse tried to help us. Suddenly I recalled that I had tucked the hospital letter and a map into my handbag. It is a testimony to my friend’s love, that she didn’t clock me one as I produced it.

We found our way and left two nurses shaking their heads at us, thinking goodness knows what, as we went to the farmhouse nearby and had afternoon tea to recover.

As we sat nattering on the balcony, looking out at the view, we both agreed that the love and understanding that our group share (there are a few of us) is a gift, liberally sprinkled with shared laughter. ❤

23 Responses to “Loving connections…”

  1. 1 Cynthia Reyes November 14, 2017 at 1:13 am

    I could have benefited from having you or your friend or both to laugh with when I got entirely lost at the hospital alt week. In fact, I was in the wrong building entirely.

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  2. 3 frederick anderson November 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I once lost my car completely in a car park in Hemel Hempstead. I was lugging a complete clothing range around with me (two whole shoulders’ worth) and the trauma remains with me to this day. xhugsx.

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  3. 5 dgkaye November 4, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Beautiful story Jane. Oh my, I can relate to your missing car in the parking lot story LOL. Glad you found it and had a lovely time together with your friend. ❤ Hugs xxx

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  4. 8 Clare Pooley November 3, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Such a loving, warm account of your day! Hospital visits can be so tedious! Yours, with a friend to natter to and then your adventure in trying to find your car-park – who could ask for more! 😀

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  5. 11 Peter Wells aka Countingducks November 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I’ve done that car park error thing myself so I know what its like. I have the most terrible sense of direction so when things go wrong in that area, they can go really wrong!

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  6. 13 Jane Stansfeld November 3, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I enjoyed every word of this ‘read’ and feel happy and contented as a result. Sometimes, here in the US we get negative reports about the British National Health System, however, both you and my brother, who lives in Oxford, give a hearty thumbs up. Thank you. The photo is gorgeous. I am always amazed at how well the English have managed to retain a beautiful country side when so many people are crammed into such a small island!

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  7. 15 ianscyberspace November 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Haha, sophisticated emotional blackmail. I love that! We all are subject to that Jane.

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  8. 17 smzang November 2, 2017 at 9:43 am


    You prove that old adage “Detours are the best part of the trip.”

    I love your conversational tone, and your beautiful gift of finding
    joy in every situation. You pass that joy on to your readers.

    Thank you!


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  9. 19 davidprosser November 1, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I hope you’re alright Jane.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • 20 Jane Sturgeon November 2, 2017 at 9:23 am

      I am good thanks David. This is loving care post challenges (and they were years ago now). Having lived in the States and Africa, I am so grateful for our health system. Sending you loving healing energy my buddy. ❤ with the softest of hugs xXx ❤

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  10. 21 pensitivity101 November 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    It is indeed wonderful to have such friends. I made a friend at SW as we started on the same night. She has lost more than twice I have and now I have moved away. I hope we will keep in touch and she and her husband come and visit. I miss her company and our coffee meets.

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