Leaving the ride, catching up with friends and family then heading home.
We left the hotel on Sunday at mid day and traveled what turned out to be just 2 k to my cousin Christine’s. We are staying here till Thursday. We went for a nice walk and that night Sally who I used to work with came around for dinner it was great to catch up with her again.
I am still having lots of problems with asthma and am thinking about going to see a doctor. That night as I was going to bed I felt itchy and noticed I had a rash over my torso front and back. I decided to go along to the local hospital called the Alfred. I was triaged as category 3 and was in the ED in about 20 minutes. They treat everyone as if they have COVID until proven otherwise and have masks that clamp onto your nose so they can’t fall down. I had blood tests and a chest X-ray and lots of asthma medication. Within about 30 min of being in ED I was moved into the short stay unit. This is a hospital with sufficient space so they can get good patient flow very jealous. The outcome of my visit is no issues with chest X-ray, the rash is related to the virus and I am given more asthma medication to take home. It is always reassuring as a previous smoker to know your lungs are ok.
On Tuesday as we are here we went to the Melbourne cup. This was the coldest day at the cup in a quarter of a century and the wettest since 1929. I decided not to wear my dress and freeze and instead was very unglamorous in trousers, a jersey and a jacket plus my riding beanie. There were a number of young woman in beautiful dresses who didn’t seem to be feeling the cold. We had no winners in the cup but did get a first in the next race dynamite Jack. It was good fun with great atmosphere despite the weather.
It was great spending a few days with my cousin and also spending sometime relaxing and reading and not doing much before heading home. Thursday morning we got picked up at 4:45 by the shuttle to take us to the airport. Another trip in the bag. At this stage the next one planned in 2024 see last photo below.
Above first photoSally and me.Second the weather report for the cup.
Above having fun at the races.
Below Morocco planned for 2024 😀👍