I was feeling a bit dejected this morning because we have now been in Singapore for over a week since Jill’s accident and not much seemed to have changed.
We expected this trip to be a simple one-week long celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary and then go home and get on with other things.
in October we had planned to drive north to Queensland to see some of the country that would have been new to us. I was extremely disappointed to decide that we had to cancel that trip, so I spent this morning cancelling all our accommodation bookings. We had been planning that trip for as long ago as last March and I was really looking forward to it. The trip would have taken us through most of Australia’s diverse types of scenery. We would have seen the outback between Bourke and Longreach, tropical rainforests at Cairns and in the Daintree Rainforest, beautiful coasts around the Whitsunday Islands, the Great Dividing Range north of Brisbane and some Alpine scenery around Jindabyne. That is to be no more (at least for now), but as Ned Kelly once said “Such is life.”
After breakfast at the hotel I did some domestic chores – washing some socks and jocks and sorting out some paperwork from the hospital. I took a walk for about a kilometre along the Singapore River to Clark QuayThis upper stretch of the river is quite pretty with green trees, cafes and gardens. It was hot and humid today. Back at the hotel, I downed a pint of beer without any trouble at all.
I visited Jill in hospital this afternoon and was considerably cheered up to find her sitting in a chair, looking good and sounding very chipper. She was frustrated that the physios would be away tomorrow because it’s Sunday. She had asked for some exercises that she could do in the meantime and she was doing them diligently.
Yesterday we watched the TV broadcast of the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death with some sorrow. She has been the Queen for virtually all of our lives. We have not known any other alternative. She seemed to be a permanent fixture as Australian Head of State and as part of our lives. I’m not sure that I see the monarchy continuing to be too relevant to Australia but we will miss her.
At the hospital, Jill and I watched the succession ceremony of King Charles III on television with a great degree of interest. It was quite a remarkable event to be telecast. I shudder to think of the cost of changing all of the government and royal branding from E II R to CE III R!
Back at the hotel, I took the lift upto level 27 and spent a hour in the guest lounge for happy hour. There was enough food there to replace my need for dinner for me so I will go to bed pleasantly full.