Shared Moments: ‘Bluebells in Middleton Woods’ by Pauline Garner

Dear all,
I was interested to read Oliver’s comments about the ‘medal’ to NHS staff who have worked so dedicatedly throughout the pandemic last week.  My daughter has been working tirelessly on her ward at a busy general hospital and, apart from the time when she had to stay home suffering from Covid herself, she is still there and never complains despite feeling exhausted.  She told me about the medal.
I received wonderful care during my time in hospital with Covid and certainly think that they deserve so much more but in this world of severe financial restraints I suppose anything should feel ‘better than nothing’.  We can only hope that the future is brighter for everyone.
On a more cheery note it was my 76th birthday (oh my goodness where does time go?) last week and after opening lots of cards and presents from my wonderful family and friends Bill and I set off to visit Middleton Woods in Ilkley to walk through the bluebells.  They were breathtaking and as Bill rightly said ‘who needs medicine when we have this?’ Food for the soul indeed.  We then went to Skipton and called at a little cafe, sat under parasols in a courtyard and ate the biggest ever fruit scone with jam and cream and shared a pot of Yorkshire tea.  A perfect day and a very happy birthday which was rounded off by our first fish and chips for over a year! So naughty but so nice!!
I’ve attached a photo but I’m glad to say I’ve had my hair cut since then! 
Hope you are all well and happy.  Keep safe.