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To make a virtue out of necessity

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notgran Sun 05-Dec-21 20:09:44

My poor old chap has got a dreadful cough (not COVID) it is getting better but I decided, despite protests from him, that travelling to London by train, crossing by Tube, then a 20 minute walk to see an opera, was not what he should be doing on his first day out. He is still coughing and the other audience members would be cross and I would feel very uncomfortable. It's really quite cold and such an energetic day would set him back, So what did we do instead? Got out the Christmas Train Set and my very old Christmas Village and spent about 3 hours setting it all up. He is now collapsed in front of TV watching American Football and although I am sad we missed the opera, I am very pleased with the train and village. The pic is a bit blurred but you'll get the idea.

aggie Sun 05-Dec-21 20:19:05

An afternoon well spent ! I hope the cough clears soon , it’s very debilitating

notgran Sun 05-Dec-21 20:27:15

aggie, Thank you. I'm slightly ahead with Christmas preparations now but that won't last long.grin

midgey Sun 05-Dec-21 20:31:03

Sensible decision, sorry you missed out though.

Oopsadaisy1 Sun 05-Dec-21 20:45:45

It looks lovely! a day well spent I would say.
Plus it has been jolly cold out there today, much better for you both to be indoors.

Hetty58 Sun 05-Dec-21 20:46:48

Well done. I'm sure that fellow passengers and audience members would have been quite alarmed by the cough.

MiniMoon Sun 05-Dec-21 21:08:12

Well, you've had a productive day.
I spent my afternoon writing cards. Our extended family have a card exchange every year at a local garden centre which is happening tomorrow.

Jaxjacky Sun 05-Dec-21 21:22:12

That’s beautiful notgran love it πŸ‘πŸ‘

Ro60 Mon 06-Dec-21 02:36:16

Magical 😁 🏘🏑🏠β›ͺπŸ•Œβ„

CanadianGran Mon 06-Dec-21 02:50:12

That looks very nice, and better that he stayed in.

My DH will also push himself beyond what he should be doing and sometimes end up dragging out a cold for weeks. I'm glad you were able to convince him to stay in. Can you try to get to the opera for a future performance?

notgran Mon 06-Dec-21 05:54:32

MiniMoon enjoy your time with the Family at the Garden Centre. The Christmas stuff is amazing at GCs, very tempting to buy things. I'm at maximum capacity and have said I'm going to get rid of lots of my old stuff after this year and next year have a refresh.

notgran Mon 06-Dec-21 05:58:43

CanadianGran, it wasn't easy and actually around the time we should have been in the audience he had a coughing fit. I said nothing but nearly bit my lips trying to keep my mouth shut wink Unforch the last performance was yesterday and it was a unique production of an Offenbach opera not performed in the UK for 100 years. Still we didn't dwell on our disappointment (too long).

AGAA4 Mon 06-Dec-21 08:01:51

You did the right thing. A journey in the cold then going into a warm theatre could have made the cough worse.
You had an enjoyable alternative afternoon in the warm which is much better if not fully well.

JackyB Mon 06-Dec-21 08:19:20

Well done for not going, but it is very sad that the tickets went unused - but I bet there were people less considerate than you who did go and coughed and sneezed and spoilt it for others. I hope you can at least get hold of a good recording of the opera. It sounds interesting. Would it have been in French?

Oh, and the railway and village are lovely. My DGS' maternal grandmother has one set up at Christmas time - it takes half their lounge! A lot of love and care goes into it. The granddad is brilliant with the boys; I'm sure he wished he had had a son. All year, they have teddy bears on display all round the house - standing in their hall once, I counted 57.