Another week has rolled by and June has arrived bringing with it, wall to wall and beautiful, warm sunshine. At long last. It has been a lovely week to get the garden sorted and tidied and cleaned up and all set for summer and a lovely week to spend just enjoying it. Rob has been busy blasting clean the patios and planting all the summer pots and baskets for me and because of the surge of warm weather everything is now bursting into life. We have planted a new herb garden and I've sown lots of wildflower seeds this year, so we will see what happens...
It has been a bit like 'Springwatch' in our garden as great tits and blue tits have been frantically flying to and fro to feed their chicks, which have hatched out in each of the nesting boxes. It feels quite a responsibility when you can hear them all squawking and then the naturally curious cat from next door is on the prowl: we don't wish to scare off either the cat or the birds, so we have been trying to carefully distract the cat. If the adult tits get scared they will abandon their nests. I was hoping to see the fledglings fly the nest, but the blue tits cheekily disappeared in the early hours of the morning one morning, long before I got out of bed and hopefully they are safe and healthy and now flying around the vicinity. The great tits are still hard at it, so I'm keeping an eye out for some action!
We had good news about the next round of genes testing I had had done at Addenbrookes Hospital and the Genetic Consultant has confirmed that I do not carry the other main inheritable gene for PH, gene ALK1, so as a family I think we can rest easy now that the girls will be safe from Pulmonary Hypertension because of family history. There was only a very small risk I may carry this gene, but if it was confirmed I carry it, then the girls would have been at some risk. So that is the genetics testing all finished for now and the common causes for developing familial PH have been ruled out, unless they come up with something new or have a major breakthrough.
This week's wheelchair adventure was to Hatfield House to their annual garden fair. It was a lovely sunny Sunday and perfect for a picnic and a browse around the beautiful grounds and fair. Enjoy this week's photo show, the picture of the house is Hatfield House by the way, not mine just in case you were wondering!