Sunday, February 24, 2008

Catching up

Last week I spent Monday with Mum, as she had had a severe nose-bleed on Saturday. My brother discovered on Sunday that, judging by the stain on her mattress, she had lost quite a bit of blood. As Bro had appointments on Monday I took a day off work and went over to Mum's. While I was there I rang her ENT specialist (who had cauterised her nose the previous week) and explained what had happened. Via his receptionist he said not to worry, that it wasn't unusual after a cautery to have a few more bleeds.

She seemed all right, if a trifle drowsy (but then over the last few years she has had a penchant for nodding off in her chair).

Bro was keeping an eye on her during the week and when I went over for lunch today she was a good deal brighter.

On Friday evening I went to help LE with her new iMac - she was having trouble burning DVDs. We fiddled around for a while before heading off for a very tasty meal at the new Spanish-style restaurant cum tapas bar AƱada in Gertrude Street.

On returning to LE's I realised that our problems might be solved if I looked at the Leopard for Dummies book I'd given LE when she got the computer. Following their directions produced the option of selecting the speed at which to burn the DVD. The default was x8; I tried it at x2 and it worked perfectly.

Yesterday morning was the Slow Food market at the Abbotsford Convent. As it was the opening of The Age Food and Wine Festival it was very busy. I managed to get a refill of olive oil from Mount Zero (thanks to B for the bottle) and some tasty but tart new season Jonathan apples. Supermarketing was followed by more food for lunch chez P&B before B took me home in Phoebe the Yaris.

Last night, I spent a pleasant evening with Dr D and the Lotus Master - we had a tasty Vietnamese meal in Victoria Street before adjourning to my place where we continued the chat.

I just heard yesterday that AC, who has been working hard at the Wigmore Hall, has just got a new job as chief executive at the Brighton Festival. He and DP are coming to Melbourne for a visit in late May/early June so there will be much to discuss.



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