Surgery and HospitalOn 15th January I had surgery - a total hip replacement - at the Vincent Palotti hospital.
How shocking - during the week in hospital I only managed a very few sketches...lying in an awkward position for sketching and feeling at first morphine-fuddled and later simply awkward.
|At first my view in the normal ward (moved after 24 hours) was uninspiring.|
|Joan, whose window position I had designs on!|
Now that my legs were more or less the same length (another objective of the surgery), Russ bought me some cute new shoes...simple comfortable pumps that were a huge milestone in my life after walking on uncomfortably heavy and inflexible left shoes, built up because of a 2cm or more difference in leg lengths - a legacy of the first hip replacement which was six years ago and on the opposite side.
|My delightful lemon-coloured pumps.|
Recovering at HomeAfter a week I was back home and able to move about on two crutches, doing my exercises and trying to walk as much as possible, following all the rules of can-do's and can't-do's that I had been given.
Starting to Sketch AgainMy friend Yvonne Ankerman and I celebrated my first excursion driving myself, five weeks after surgery, by my collecting Yvonne in Glencairn and driving us to the Casa Labia in Muizenberg. I was now down to one crutch...whee!
There we had delicious coffee and with the Casa Labia's permission did some sketching indoors.
|My first sketch, in what I assume is the ballroom, gives an idea of the decor and proportions of one corner of the room.|
|I sketched this sitting on the stool of the Grand piano at one end of the room...did NOT get the depth and feeling of a very large room!|
Upstairs, there is a gallery with regular and permanent exhibitions.
|In the formal dining room (not the cafe) a member of staff was diligently cleaning brass till it sparkled and gleamed.|
|People leaving the water at surfer's corner, Muizenberg Beach, in response to the shark warning sirens....seen from the cafe at Casa Labia|