I could have visited the M family when I was at the conference in Paris, but instead I decided to go out for a walk with some of the other delegates. These included two retired nurses, one of whom know about the value of Blipfoto therapy.
It was good to escape the confines of the conference hotel, especially the blue sparkled lift which barely had room for two people. I would be terrified if I ever ended up stuck in that tiny amount of space.
In the event we took our walk in the Borders following a river not far from Peebles. The members of our party were TPR, B, my school friend JC, and my Canadian friend WR. It was such a beautiful day that B and I discarded our shoes and walked barefoot along a dried mud path. At a large bridge we came across a beautiful line-up of sunflowers and swans. I wanted to photograph these, and asked B for the camera. Meanwhile the others continued along the river bank.
B and I climbed as far as we could up the hedgerow to get a good position for our photo. However, B was devastated when he pulled the camera out of the rucksack and it tumbled into the water. I tried to comfort him by saying that we were going to replace the camera anyway. When I reached over to hug him we both slipped into a bed of nettles, then B fell further on to a hard concrete surface just above the water.
It was no longer possible to continue our walk. I needed to contact TPR by phone fast – to tell him that all the photos that we had taken recently were lost, and to seek medical help for B.