Can't do much gardening for a few days. Somehow, I've hurt my ankle and it was all swollen up and painful. I have no idea what I've done to it. There are times when I do something silly and hurt myself accidentally; I yelp, shout "ow, that hurt", hobble for a bit, then simply carry on doing what I was doing. And promptly forget all about it. This is what must have happened.
However, help was at hand. I saw Jilly and her magic hands took hold of my ankle and massaged it. She also told me to wrap it in a cotton cloth filled with soda crystals and keep this on overnight.
Well, I wouldn't have believed it, but it worked; the cloth was damp in the morning, the soda had solidified and the swelling was reduced considerably. I can definitely recommend the procedure.
Just to be sure I had done no lasting harm I popped into the surgery. The doctor reassured me but recommended that I keep the foot rested for a day or two. He had no answer to my question regarding the efficacy of the soda crystals. "I don't know", he said, "I can't tell you why this worked."
Still, no gardening or dog walking for the weekend. So here are some photos of the garden I took earlier in the week.