i spent the first half of the month in hospitals, mainly in bed, though not feeling too bad. i didn't feel up to taking pictures though.
forget most of what you hear about bed shortages. what we have is a doctor and operating theatre shortage. i occupied a bed for over two weeks simply waiting to be operated on.
the three hospitals i was in all had plenty of others like me, yet there were multi-million pound facilities in use for perhaps 35 hours a week.
of course everything stopped for the weekend - except for the nurses. who were generally magnificient, working long hours, and putting up with treatment from some patients - especially the elderly confused (and there were plenty of them) that would have tried a saint.
finally i had my 'procedure' and when i really needed to rest after it was sent home. well, it is very difficult to rest in hospital.
two days later i took my first walk, very shakily, but i was soon up and
getting a little gentle exercise, both of my legs and my shutter finger
and occasionally even my brain, photographing around Staines.
near the end of the month i felt well enough to get back on a bike and could travel a little further, and even get down to a little real work photographically
some of my work gets put into nice organised websites.
this isn't meant to be like that, but you can see some of the rest at
and you can read what I think about photography at