I don't think we'd done bad with our days out whilst Mick was off work at the end of August. On Bank Holiday Monday we'd visited Helmsley and The White Horse Of Kilburn and on the Wednesday we had an action packed day across the Pennines visiting Another Place, North Meols and Southport. We were all geared up for another day out on the Friday but instead, we ended up first at the doctor's surgery and then at the Surgical Assessment Unit at the hospital as Mick had an abscess under his arm.
The surgeon decided that it needed operating on there and then and wanted Mick to undergo a general anaesthetic, however, Mick talked him in to doing it under local anaesthetic, something he very nearly regretted after he found out how painful it was. No wonder the surgeon had asked him if he was sure, as patients are usually put out for these things and he didn't usually perform them under a local anaesthetic. About six hours later, we were home again but had to return the following morning for more packing to be put in to the wound and the dressing changing.
This scuppered our plans for the end of the week, but not to be outdone, we headed off to Scarborough on the Sunday to make the most of Mick's last day off as he was due back in to work on the Monday.
It was a gorgeous day, just look how blue the sky is behind the castle.
We were lucky, we had huge areas of the beach to ourselves.
We spread some blankets on the sand and soaked up the sea air whilst I read a chapter or two of my book and then we went exploring amongst the rocks.
We found some limpets.
There was lots of seaweed.
Then we did some paddling.
We did a bit of running.
We even did some swimming. Well, Archie did.
Eleanor drew a flower.
Then we did some more paddling.
Archie loves the seaside. I wish we lived a little closer to the coast so that we could visit more often, he'd love to take his walks along the beach.
Our day in Scarborough rounded off our week nicely. We'd had some lovely days out and really made the most of Mick being at home with us.
By the way, Mick was fine after his little op. He had to visit the doctor's surgery regularly for the dressing changing and more packing to be put in to the wound, but it's now healed nicely and is just about back to normal.