Back to the Silo Art Trail

The Covid-19 virus is impacting the lives of everyone in Victoria and Australia. We had planned a trip to Tasmania this week but we weren’t quite comfortable enough to head off to an island state where if anything serious happened, we could be stuck for a few weeks and unable to get home. We don’t…

We Are Finally Home Again

We finally arrived home from our ill-fated trip to the USA at around noon yesterday. Our five hour-flight from Dulles, Washington, departed at 5.00 pm on Sunday and connected with the fifteen-hour Qantas flight out of Los Angeles at 10.50 pm . That flight was a little over an hour late in leaving but arrived…

We are Starting our Journey Back Home.

Our good news is that we now have confirmed flights out of Dulles Airport in Washington on Sunday evening (November 17). We will have a six hour flight on Alaska Airlines to Los Angeles and then a sixteen hour flight from there to Melbourne. Thank heavens for business class! Yesterday, we drove a short part…

We Are Ready to Move On From Sylva

Over the  last couple of days we have been making plans to leave Sylva and begin our way back to home. I’ll leave here with some very mixed emotions. On one hand, I’ll be glad to get out of this little town and head home. On the other hand, I’m feeling sad about leaving behind…

Day Tours Around Sylva

Now that Jill is the Rehab unit, I’ve been able to get out and do some sight seeing around this area of Northern Carolina. Jill is doing well, but she is not enjoying the ambience of the rehab unit. It is actually more of a convalescent unit, as rehabilitation only takes up only a short…

Sylva Update

I have come to know parts this town rather well over the last twelve days (at least the route between my hotel and the hospital) First,  an update on Jill. She was due to move from the hospital to a rehab facility yesterday but was suffering some problems caused by one of the new antibiotic…

More Good News About Jill

It’s Monday morning here in Sylva and quite cold. It’s going to be a clear sunny day with a temperature of 12C but at the moment it’s -1C. I’m still resident in the Holiday Inn Hotel. The beautiful autumn colours have gone and the trees are bare. The heavy rain last week knocked all the…

Some Notes About Southern US Culture

We are not in the deep south of America but I am finding that this southern area the US has a culture that is very different to ours at home. We are in the region of the Appalachian Mountains. While endowed with abundant natural resources, this region of the USA has long struggled with poverty.…

Jill is Doing Well

I’m pleased to report that Jill is sitting up and doing well. Here she is yesterday in her room at Harris Regional Hospital. She finds that lying in bed is very uncomfortable for her, so she has been sitting all day. I think that she has spent so many days on her back that her…

Better News From Sylva

Today has been a good day. I’m feeling far more positive and comfortable with the future. I was down at the hospital by 7.30 am this morning after sending yet another couple of documents to the insurance company (It never seems to end). I’m told that I might get a decision on my claim overnight…

Yet Another Day in Sylva

Here’s a quick update on today before I go to bed for the night in my home for the next few weeks. It has been much cooler today (only 16C) and very wet. I am sure that nearly two inches of rain has fallen here in the last twenty four hours. I called the hospital…