Well hello everyone  how are you all this Sunday, come on in we have moved indoors  now  as  the Autumn is well and truly  here  and Winter is hot on her heels!! We have the coffee and the cakes all ready the fire is all lit! The sofas and armchairs all have their cushions all plumped up! So go on spoil yourselves we have stocked up on hot chocolate now and brought in some good books for you to read too! I can hear Paul has all his guests,  who also  have moved in here now,  so lets see, what have you been up to this week?

If we were having Coffee: I’d say  don’t  worry about  that guy  sat over there on  the right , he is  quite pleasant if  you don’t upset him and keep his coffee cup full up! I’d step carefully  if I were you the coffee seems to be going straight through him but we do not need to upset  him  my mentioning it do, we. He arrived last  night for Halloween  and so far  he has made  no move to leave. Personally  I can’t  see he is doing any harm.

If we were having Coffee: I tell you it has been a strange week, one full of house sitting, windows, brief  flashes of the Newbie  and a visit to a private hospital! Where shall we start?  The private  hospital yes  lets talk about that first. Now  the husband  needs an operation  and it is being done on the National Health. He received a letter asking him to pick an appointment  at one of the under named hospitals . One  of the hospitals was a private one , after reading  that this hospital  was meant to be there the husband  opted to choose it  . It appears that  the surgeons  who work at the Private  Hospitals do NHS  work as well  and it looks  like  they can also treat  some patient from NHS at  the private hospital  and the NHS  pays.

Well as it is a  day operation  we thought  why not. So  we drove  to the hospital  and it had free parking   which totally threw us  for a start  you pay dearly  by the hour  at an NHS Hospital  or clinic! When we went inside  it was like being in the entrance lobby  to an expensive hotel. We were greeted  and and booked in by ladies in smart and fashionable  uniforms  . The Husband  was asked to have his photo taken  for recognition and security then we  were asked to take a seat and handed two paper disks. There were soft leather  chairs  and sofas  with glass top coffee tables in the waiting area. There was also a restaurant  all set up  for dinner  with crisp linen serviettes and silver cutlery  and wine glasses. Certainly  not the hard chairs , WRVS cafe  or vending machine  you get  at the NHS. Though to be fair  some do have a good canteen/ restaurant but they are pricey. The two paper discs  we had been given  were for a complimentary, tea, coffee or juice. You don’t get that on the NHS.

After a very short  while the husband  was whisked away by  a nurse  who came to get  him  to see the specialist.  While  he was gone I had a good look around  from what I could see there was a shop selling handbags, scarves, perfume and soaps , rather like a hotel shop. The restaurant looked absolutely  beautiful. Really  it was like being  in a parallel universe. I am sorry to go on  but the difference  between  private  and NHS hospitals  is extremely marked. I have had treatment at a private clinic  before  but I had not seen one like this one!

NHS Waiting Room

I have put two photos  here  to show the obvious  differences  between the two types of hospitals. We usually  have to go to the  NHS hospitals  so this has been an eye opening  experience. I will let  you know how  the operation  goes, we are waiting for a date  from the hospital.

If we were having coffee:  I would  have to say  that it  has been a very  tiring week we have been dashing  back and forth between hospitals (albeit  posh ones)  and the Newbie’s  parents house  to be there  while  new windows were put in. The husband  kept  busy gardening  while I did  some  odd jobs around  the house.  It was extra good  because  we got  to see the Newbie , he is so cute now  and has really  found his giggle  button. I cannot tell you how much I love  that  little guy.

Where are my  manners, would  you like another cuppa  or something  naughty  but nice  to eat…. Don’t  worry about that  quiet  guy  on the right  he is well  behaved  as long  as  no one  disturbs him!

Beautiful Poppy

Beautiful Poppy

Cheeky Pumpkins

Cheeky Pumpkins

If we were having coffee: I have to say  that my lovely  eldest sister  knitted me the most  beautiful poppy  to wear  with pride. She is a very clever lady  and she  can knit, sew, crochet and her latest talent is scrap booking!  Here above are some of her amazing knits!

If we were having coffee: I would say I am glad  to see that October  has come to a close.  It has been a long  month  in which I have tried  to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with  poems  and  videos  some of  them  very personal. Unfortunately  I was unaware  that it was also MS. Awareness Month . agwink of Kentucky Angel  sent  me this comment  “This was also MS Awareness month, but we don’t have the press breast cancer has. I hope someday that will change for all of us with orphan diseases.” I do feel very sorry about  this  and I shall ask  you all to think  about this,  I shall have  to think about this  one  and see if I cannot  write something.

If we were having coffee: I ask if  you like some Chocolate cake or  some of  the Cherry Bakewell or maybe  a Caribbean or Russian Coffee? Well come on  it’s  your turn now  to let  me  and Paul know  what  you are all thinking ! We both look forward  to seeing you next week! Same place same time!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/ 










24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Nov 02, 2014 @ 01:40:03

    Cool post Willow. Love the pictures (and the funny looking guy in the corner) and the home knitted poppy. They just started with the poppies here yesterday -I haven’t gotten one yet, although I always do.The story about the private hospital is fascinating. We are not permitted such here (concern over a two tier system) although there are private doctors and clinics.

    Neat post Willow. Thank You.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 02, 2014 @ 11:48:23

      Thanks Paul I have to keep my standards up as yours are always so entertaining what a coincidence we both wrote about two tier hospital service!! I love my poppy, home made with love, they have been on sale here a couple weeks now. OH! there’s the door bell I had better get the door………….. Paul it’s for you 🙂 xxx


  2. socialbridge
    Nov 02, 2014 @ 09:58:29

    Great, as always. That public/private issue is very marked here in Ireland as well. Horrifying really. Hope hubby is okay. That’s the main thing.
    Love the coffee design!


  3. markbialczak
    Nov 02, 2014 @ 14:05:02

    I hope the hubby’s operation at the private hospital goes well, Willow. I am thinking of you both. Thank you for the Sunday cuppa. Nano Poblano!


  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Nov 02, 2014 @ 15:47:52

    That guy in the corner made me a little nervous at first. It’s awful the mess he’s made because his coffee just goes through him. 😀
    Wow. I haven’t seen a private hospital before. Imagine that. Pretty posh. Hope the surgery will be easy and solve whatever the problem is. ❤


  5. Lisa
    Nov 02, 2014 @ 15:54:35

    I hope all goes well with everything. The poppy is lovely. ❤


    • willowdot21
      Nov 02, 2014 @ 16:05:47

      Thank you Lisa I will let you know. I love the poppy


      • Lisa
        Nov 02, 2014 @ 16:07:33

        We were setting up the studio today, but the kids broke the keyboard and J is really pissed off at the moment. Plus, he’s been slacking on helping with the lyrics. But three tracks are laid down and we’re off to buy a new keyboard. Lol

      • willowdot21
        Nov 02, 2014 @ 16:29:31

        OH!! I hate it when circumstances conspire to delay you! The children did not mean to break the keyboard they are just inquisitive !! I look forward to hear some music!! Good luck with the keyboard shopping! ❤

      • Lisa
        Nov 02, 2014 @ 16:32:20

        Hahaha! It’s done that quick. Johnny doesn’t play with that. I’m sure we’ll get to it by the afternoon. 😉

      • willowdot21
        Nov 02, 2014 @ 16:35:04


  6. TanGental
    Nov 02, 2014 @ 17:15:47

    The whole private/NHS situation is one that opens up a lot of issues to debate, doesn’t it. Our nearest hospital is King’s College on Denmark Hill and it has both a huge NHS general hospital and a private wing. I’ve experienced both parts from emergency care for the Lawyer when he had pneumonia at 17 to Mum in law with a broken foot that was going bad through diabetes; in contrast to me with a dislocated shoulder needing treatment (ultimate middle class injury, fell over skiing – happily still working so had private medical cover). Both children were born there too. The difference as with you was in the wrapper: the reception, the atmosphere, the food etc whereas the skill care and attention and high tech equipment and medication were the same both sides of the stud partition. Of course I’d love it if everyone could experience the calmness displayed in the private wing but given the costs, I’m glad we can get that sort of care free at the point of use. Where the private experience wins is the benefits of having more staff to attend to your needs, plus the levels of privacy afforded patients. A lot of what goes on in an NHS hospital is in the open at a time when people need some sense of peace. I hope the op is successful and enjoy the experience.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 02, 2014 @ 17:24:58

      I completely agree but what I do not understand is how can my hubby be have private experience as an NHS patient…. I hope it does not cost the NHS too much! I had to spend over a month in an NHS hospital after braking my back it was at times an horrific experience. I could go on but I won’t I think I have made the point. I also hope the operation goes well and that the hospital is not all fancy coat but no knickers if you get my drift!! Looking forward to the Antiques Road show tonight! 🙂


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