Dear cherished reader
It is good to be back again. In the interim two things have happened which I would like to share with you.
Firstly, and most importantly, Silvie went up to Lisbon at the end of January for her operation. The surgeon, who appears in the following clip, is a miracle worker and provided Silvie with a titanium pin permanently inserted into her “shin” bone onto which a removable carbon fibre blade is attached by three Allen screws. The film of Silvie’s first ever walk on the new prosthesis was taken by the hospital.
The difference is remarkable. Whereas previously she lolloped around with a pendulous dead weight of thigh hanging off one corner, now she stands four square and walks with only a trace of a limp (because there is no articulated joint at the “ankle”). We went up to Lisbon three weeks ago to collect her at last and brought her home. Since then she has made excellent progress and is now running (literally) free off the lead. She is as happy as a box of very happy things and would eat like a horse if we let her. At only four years old she should have a long, quiet and happy life in The Cave. Having been rescued, re-homed, vaccinated, sterilised, chipped and re-legged we think she has earned it and will keep you updated as to her continuing progress.
Secondly, the NSW bought me an early birthday present, a Toshiba Chromebook which uses a Google OS with no Microsoft input whatsoever. It is completely different in every respect and takes some getting used to. For example, the keyboard is marked in lower case letters and I have no idea (yet) where the square brackets to go around the above link are. Everything is done on the Google Chrome browser where you open a new tab instead of a new window. I had initial problems whereby I could read cherished comments, but not reply to them. In desperation I emailed Bearsy with a last gasp effort from the old Acer and he came up with an inspired solution which worked immediately and perfectly. Cheers, Bearsy. The Chromebook is a work in progress as it is like you have never used a computer before. I was never a wizz at computing and never will be, so a complete change of OS is no big problem.