We left Linea, our Bavaria Lagoon 430, safely in Base Nautica Flavia Gioia with other winter liveaboards keeping an eye on her and flew home to the north of England. We spent a lovely few days catching up with the Moulding family and then drove up to the lakes for a night of high jinks for Angela’s birthday. It was such fun! We got to sleep in the Plumb’s new campavan!
In Windermere in the evening I happened to bump into an old friend from Junior School Days whom I haven’t seen for years. He clearly hasn’t changed a bit as I spotted him straight away! Not convinced he remembered me as he seemed a little shocked at me suddenly taking a selfie with him and declaring that I had loved him as a teenager! In my defence, I had had a few vinos by then!!
Ian had to go to hospital for a routine procedure so we drove over to Airedale and whilst he was in hospital briefly I was able to arrange a guided tour around the newly refurbished Malsis hall. The school closed some 6 years ago and is now a hospital and rehabilitation centre for people suffering from mental illness and PTSD. I was so impressed with the beautiful renovations. It looked absolutely stunning.
On the Friday I tagged along with June on the bus to Preston. We had a nice time wandering around and on our return found Ian in a heap on the floor, pressed up against the radiator, shivering violently. He clearly had caught an alarming infection as a result of the procedure so we bundled him into the car and took him straight to A & E. He was immediately admitted and spent the next 4 days being pumped full of antibiotics. A diagnosis of sepsis was given. Erin reckoned that her typhoid fever top-trumped his sepsis – but no! Quick research indicated that Ian had indeed been VERY poorly. After exemplary care he was discharged and continued to improve.