I wouldn't dare do it now, as even the most experienced gatherer can make mistakes - and those mistakes can be fatal. So, for the moment, we stick to photographing them.
This morning I visited Maggie, and bumped into another sister at a bus stop and gave her a lift to Waitrose. I also posted the books to Maggie (Maggie of Bangkok) and to my old schoolfriend, and the magazines to Dave. I always have to post them to him as I can never find him at home, and his block of flats has no accessible letterboxes.
Then I walked to the library to take my books back - a marathon - 15 mins there, and 15 mins back - and apart from getting our tea and a bit of studying I have done nothing else and I plan an evening slumped in front of the telly. Its scary to be so exhausted...
On the Doubleplusgood side, Tom seems to have made a full recovery, and Jackie took herself shopping today - the first time she has been able to for about 2 months.