Friday, 21 April 2017

On the fourth day ...

This nasty little bug I picked up four days ago is showing no sign of going away, and Ann reported yesterday that she was sickening as well. So we now have two sick bays in the house and the cats think we have all gone mad. A maddening cough, runny nose and extreme lethargy is a combination I would not wish on anybody and we can only hope that it clears up soon. It was this time last year that we were both diagnosed with bronchitis and I spent a night in Polis Hospital, where the treatment was excellent.

Long gone are the nights when we switched on some heating in the late afternoon as the temperature dropped. Now if we only felt well enough to sit out in the sunshine ... life would be a lot better. Our friend Savvas dropped in this afternoon and started to paint the metal structure of the carport, which seemed sensible. But it will be good to have some shade for the car again. Even in April it can take your breath away if you jump into a vehicle that has been sitting in the sun.

Ann woke me up the other morning with the predictable news that there is going to be a General Election in the UK. Well that's just fine and dandy but leaves me in a predicament. Both the Tories (for whom I have always voted) and Labour (a party I could not consider voting for) have come out in favour of leaving the EU, which leaves the Lib Dems, and I could never trust a word they said. They would be likely to climb into bed with any party who offered them a sniff of power. And so, much as I want to see the UK remain in the EU, I have got nobody to vote for and I suspect that many other expats will find themselves in a similar situation.

So, apart from a bout of ill health, and with the most important decision the British government have had to make in my lifetime leaving me effectively disenfranchised, life is good. Trump hasn't started a nuclear war (yet) and for that we should all be grateful. But I cannot remember when such an unstable character was in such a powerful position. What a world we live in ...


  1. I totally understand your predicament regarding the upcoming election, so we're voting Green Party for the first time. Some may see this as a wasted vote, but for us - and others - it is a protest vote, and protest is what we feel is necessary. Hope you are feeling much better health-wise.

  2. Thank you for your comment. It is indeed infuriating that such an important issue (and not just for expats) as EU membership is not being picked up by one or the other of the major political parties. I've never been one for protest votes (and a vote for the Greens would certainly be that) and so there is little option. A young woman put together a website in the UK listing all the UK constituencies and it suggested which party you should vote for to stop the Tories winning. Predictably it suggested the Lib Dems. But my old constituency has such a massive Tory majority (full of well-heeled pensioners who will vote) that it still feels useless.

    My nasty bug is retreating and I am now sleeping at night but Ann is still suffering.