We are escaping from the real world to spend the weekend in retreat. We're going to Hawarden, to stay in the Library W.E.Gladstone gave to the nation. Aside from wondering about the gifts Thatcher or Blair will donate, St. Deiniol's Library provides a huge collection of books, added to every year following the death of the founder. There are cosy study bedrooms, three meals a day, (wonderfull puddings!), great log fireplaces, an honesty system bar, at least three pubs in the village and most valued of all, peace and quiet.
Joyce has been trying to relax following her discharge from hospital. A mass of friends, English and Gambian, have been enquiring daily, flowers arrived, cards letters and emails.
Good things have happened. Alhagie, the boy with osteomyelitis, has been examined by a panel of doctors. The report has been passed to MRC, who have contacted overseas hospitals, and a third party, an experienced surgeon has expressed a willingness to conduct a series of three operations in a modern private hospital not far from the boy's home. If the parents agree this seems to be the best option, though people do have faith in operations performed outside the country.