Monday, 28 April 2014

Virtual Flowers For Tom

Our kitchen table this morning....how very fucking Homes & Gardens?

The garden at Bwthyn y llan, always looks it's best in early May. Cottage flowers such aquilegia, Jews mallow, bluebell and tulip adorn not only the borders but can be found plonked into vases around the living room and kitchen.
It's my favourite part of the year.
Now I posted the above photo for Tom. No, not stone Mason, " Bath" Tom, the rakish imp , celebrity banter expert and scourge of every young pretty barmaid this side of the M1, no, I am sending this virtual bunch of flowers to Angola Tom of
Hippo On The Lawn fame. ( click the word hippo to find the blog)
A day ago I received an email from tom's wife, Marcia stating that Tom had been extremely poorly in hospital. She told me he was improving but was very weak, so I thought ( like you do) that if the old duffer could muster the energy to tap the keyboard on his computer, be may appreciate a " get well soon" token of free welsh flowers .
Having gotten to know tom over the years, I do know that his admission to hospital was a serious affair., after all, this is the man who was recently bitten by an angry puff adder and who dealt with the resulting necrotic foot with a slug of whiskey and a bandaid.
Hats off to the old soldier
They breed them tough in the colonies don't you know?
I tried to type in capital letters, about the risk of infection, the need of IV antibiotics and the probability of septicemia .... He just smiled a lot and attacked the bite with a razor, hot water and a towel.......
Come the zombie apocalypse get behind Thomas.... That's what I say!
So I am sending him our collective best wishes. I know that many blogging enthusiasts in this odd little world here follow Hippo On The Lawn avidly.... And why wouldn't they? The adventures of his adventures in Angola make Auntie Glad's scones look just a little wan
This world is made just a little richer and more interesting with Tom's writing and escapades still in it

56 comments:

  1. i had thought he must be pretty crook. thanks much for the update. and the flowers are gorgeous!

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  2. That was really nice of you.

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  3. Tom in hospital? Thanks for the info. And bless Marcia for contacting you. Cheery bouquet.

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  4. I thought he had been quiet lately and was wondering whether he was still suffering from the bout of malaria. Love the idea of sending him virtual flowers - clever you. Let's hope he gets better soon.

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  5. His last writings, plus the several days without a post indicated something rather bad was taking place, so I hope he can see your lovely flowers and know that we, his followers, wish him well and out of that hospital with mucho speed. C'mon Tom, don't let the ba$tards grind you down. Big (((((HUG))))) for Marcia and Alex, too.

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  6. i was so worried about him! he hadn't answered my emails. i sure hope he rebounds fast. if anyone can, he can. i will post some flowers too. thanks for the update john!

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  7. Very very kind of you sir. My thoughts will me with Tom and I wish him a full recovery.

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  8. You are a doll dear John. Love you have flowers, as my daffodils are barely sprouted through the damn cold Bruce Peninsula ground. xx

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  9. love the flowers he sounds like my dad spit on the wound and knock back a wiskey ho the tough old miners
    and all colds treated with blackberry vineger and a wiskey and hot milk at night

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  10. What a lovely thought John. Please keep us in the loop as to how he is getting on.

    I had to smile when I read your caring nurse suggestions back in the day; knowing all the while they would fall on deaf ears.

    Wouldn't the world be a much better place peopled by the likes of Tom?

    LLX

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    1. Too many tom's ( of all persuasions ) would be exhausting

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  11. Get well soon Tom! I hope you at least have an attractive nurse attending to your every need. :) I would send you virtual flowers too but ours haven't emerged from the snow yet. You are a good friend John Grey.

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  12. John, thank you for letting us know that Tom has been in hospital.

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  13. Thank you John for keeping us informed. Although I do not comment often, Tom and his blog have kept me entertained, aghast and humbled by his extraordinary life so far. I wish him a speedy recovery (who is watering his veg?), and please to keep us informed, as I am sure Marcia has a lot on her hands right now. Like Cindy on the Bruce, here in Nova Scotia we are still shivering in the cold mud of a delayed spring and your garden flowers are stunning. Marilyn

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  14. Was beginning to fret at not seeing a post for at least two weeks now. Thanks for the update John. Fingers crossed for Tom, Marcia and the rest of their family over in Angola.

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  15. Poor Tom....you are very kind John.

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  16. Oh I was just thinking about Tom a few days ago and wondering how to find his blog. And you place a link! Thanks. I send him get well wishes along with your flowers. x

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  17. Thank you for passing this on JG.

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  18. Thanks, John. Yours and Tom's are the two blogs I always check first.
    I was becoming worried about our man in Angola.
    The blog world is a poorer place without him.
    Get well, Tom!

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  19. We meet the most interesting people through blogs

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  20. Thinking of Tom... After the snake bite he made such light of, I can't imagine anything getting him. Hope there's some very good news soon.

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  21. I didn't know you had puff adders in Cymru, we just have the common or garden adders in England. Mind you it makes your eyes water if one bites you.

    TRAVEL - Like in the army, your travel to foreign lands, meet interesting people, and kill them!

    JOHN - I can't comment on your page from home because my IP address is blocked, so I have to come to the Public Library to comment.

    Sent from Earl Shilton library.

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    1. Keith
      The puff adder was in toms garden in angola.... The most dangerous thing I have ever had in my garden is a lesbian called Bunty

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    2. Ha-ha - that's funny!

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  22. I was just wondering this-very-morning why we hadn't heard from him. So may I (through your page) send him my very best wishes for a quick recovery. We miss you!

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  23. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from Guelph Ontario....I have no flowers in bloom to send though...Ontario is just nicely becoming unfrozen.

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  24. I knew he was ill and not fessing up; there are so many concerned messages on his last post. Best wishes to him.

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  25. Wishing Hippo a very speedy recovery and hope that he is 100% very soon.
    I was wondering if I could virtually take some of your pretty wildflowers as my husband had a subarachnoid haemorrhage last month and they would really lift my spirits !! ……. sorry ….. it's a bit much when someone crashes someone elses flowers, isn't it ?!! XXXX

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    1. Cut and paste the photo..... That's the best I can do
      I read on your blog that he had suffered an insult, but that was at the beginning of April ,
      How are things going now?
      A tough time Jac eh?

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    2. Pretty tough John but, these things are sent to try us and, so far, I have lived pretty much a charmed life so, we will get on with it…. as you know, it could have been worse. Have read on the forum ' Behind the Gray ' that it can take a long time to get over. XXXX

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  26. The flowers are a lovely idea John. Thanks to you I did get the info about Tom on his blog comments yesterday. As someone else said…..your posts and Tom's are the main blogs that I read, and have sorely missed Tom's, and was so worried about him. Odd how one can feel for people you don't really know, but a few replies to my comments on the blogs and I am with you all the way my friends! I also love it that there is a little group of us who all read and comment on the same posts..feels like a" virtual" family. Hope I am making sense here? ..and I am quite sober too!

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    1. I feel the same way Frances! :)

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    2. Me too. I was getting very worried
      Sue

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  27. How very thoughtful of you to keep us informed, all my prayers for Tom and a speedy recovery.

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  28. I was wondering why there had been no updates recently on his blog. Thanks for the information. Wishing Tom a speedy recovery.

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  29. We love you Tom! Get well soon!

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  30. I have been missing your comments here Tom, sending positive energy your way from the Atlantic coast of Canada. All the best.
    Thanks John.

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  31. This kind of bouquet is so much more beautiful than anything you could possibly get from a florist. It is a lot more "honest", in a way (not that other flowers are dishonest, but I think you get the idea).

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  32. What a lovely gesture.
    I was concerned that he had not posted for a while ... let's hope he recovers soon.

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  33. my God I hope he is getting better. What with a small boy at home, and a pregnant wife he really must be feeling awful

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  34. It must be serious to get Tom into hospital - sending love to him xx

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  35. I stopped reading as soon as you called me a 'rakish pimp'. Really. It's bad enough having to deal with bouquets from Norfolk, never mind brickbats from Wales.

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    1. You are pushing your luck S.

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  36. I don't blog with Tom (Hippo, not that other rakish pimp above) but I do add my very best good wishes to all the others going his way.

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  37. My best wishes to Tom at 'Hippo' too

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  38. Sorry to hear about your pal - wishing him a speedy recovery.
    You're on my telly tonight, or at least someone who looks remarkably like you! Hinterland starts on BBC Scotland, at last!

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  39. Thanks for the update on Tom, John, I had been wondering about the lack of posts on his blog. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Tom. Your blog friends miss you.

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  40. Hospitals suck, even though they paid all my bills for years. Get well soon Tom, I love Johns blog as well as all his commenters!

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  41. That strange 'blog world' thing of feeling you know someone. I have been fretting somewhat that we'd heard nothing. Thank you John for posting on Tom's blog yesterday and here today. And of course get well soon wishes to Tom. Miss your long blogs sir.

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  42. I do remember the posts about the foot! Get well soon Tom, x

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  44. With a razor? He is one tough old guy.

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  45. In hospital ... my God he must be bad!! I hope the flowers cheer him up, at the very least they will make him sputter into his tea!!

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  46. Thanks John,for the update on Hippo. Along with many other peoples comments I too read the three of you avidly. You first, then Tom (not rakish pimp newly retitled ninny) and then Hippo.I say in that order because Hippo doesn't post every day whereas you two rarely miss a day. For that reason I wasn't too alarmed initially, but as the days went on I was getting concerned.

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