Well I have done it again. A few months ago I was crawling about my flat looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame and now I am in exactly the same position with the same problem. My back. Getting ready to go up to London yesterday when Snap it just went into spasm and I let out a yell as the pain hit me. Spent most of the night on the floor and got up in the morning and it wasn't too bad so off I went - foolishly really as today it is worse.
However, I was meeting a friend and did not want to let him down and a good time was had by all and I managed to survive by throwing pain killers down my throat and drinking lots of tea and smiling. Stayed overnight and when I tried to get up this morning could not move - could only get out of bed by falling out onto my hands and knees and climbing up the wall. How I managed to get on the train and get home I do not know, but managed it. There was a nice parcel awaiting me and inside two more of the Daisy Dalrymple books that I enjoyed so much last week, so that cheered me up no end. Since then I have managed to have a hot bath, getting out with difficulty and am sitting here reeking of embrocation which is strong enough to repel all borders. In a few minutes BBC4 is repeating a Prom shown earlier this year which featured music from the MGM musicals and which I really enjoyed so that will take my mind off my aches and pains. It transpires that it is being shown because the BBC received so many requests. When I read this my back nearly had another spasm - the BBC actually listening to its viewers and giving them what they want? I may need a lie down.
So apologies for rabbiting - normal service re book reviews will be resumed over the weekend.
One lovely thing I must share with you all. Around 5.30 am I was awakened in my hotel room by the sound of clattering hooves and managed to get out of bed and go to the window. There to my astonishment was a cavalcade of horses - ten rows, three across with one rider in the middle of each three and guiding them along. They were obviously from the Queen's Mews some ten minutes ride away and were being taken out for exercise before the traffic got too heavy. This was down one of the main streets of London and there was something magical about seeing them in the early morning, all so elegant and beautiful trotting through the City.
Really made my day.