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Hello!

Apologies for the blog gap – I have either been busy or doing absolutely nothing!

We are now on holiday in Cornwall again – with this view –

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We arrived in the drizzle yesterday, but today we have walked 8 miles in beautiful weather!

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Sunshine was lovely.

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The beach was lovely too.

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Lifeguards & ice cream!

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There is rain forecast for tomorrow so we made the most of today!

Have a super Sunday!

 
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Posted by on 14/09/2013 in Personal

 

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Farewell Drinks

We had a lovely time at work. I found my pass no longer works – so that’s pretty final! I had to go to Reception and get a visitors pass!

I emptied my desk and then we headed over to the bar for drinks with friends. I hate saying goodbye – but it’s nice now it’s over. Lots of people came and we talked and relaxed for a couple of hours. I got gifts too! Coffee, chocolate, nail varnish, smellies, flowers – so lucky!

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I will miss those folks!

We then headed into town and had a smooch around the shops before heading home.

It’s been an historic day – I’m now ‘retired’ – and tired! Sofa sogging for me tonight.

Have a tremendous Tuesday!

 
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Posted by on 02/09/2013 in Personal

 

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Relaxin’

It’s been a chillin’ out kind of weekend. I can’t say I’ve sat and done nothing, but everything has been done at a typical Devonian pace – slowly!

I’m still covered in red blotchy spotty stuff – head to toe – so much for antihistamines! It itches a bit, but not too bad, thankfully.

Yesterday we did town, coffee and shopping and then went for a short around-the-block walk.

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Lovely day! I really love days when you get those little white fluffy clouds.

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Today I have faffed around the house before putting in the beef to roast and heading out for the same walk again. Get me!

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There be dragons! 🙂

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And food! Mmm – autumn is so lovely!

Tomorrow I go into work for the last time to have farewell drinks. Not sure if I’m looking forward to it or not. Ho hum.

Have a marvellous Monday!

 
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Posted by on 01/09/2013 in Personal

 

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Last Working Day

Happy to report my eating is finally back to normal! Phew!

Sad to report I have a rash! Not sure what it is, but I have red spots all over – mainly arms and legs though. I have seen a doctor and now have industrial strength antihistamines to take. I’m sure it will go as quickly as it came.

This week has been spent mainly at home, apart from a couple of trips to the doctor and last night when we played badminton for an hour.

I’m doing just fine!

Today is my last official working day – as of tomorrow I am ‘retired’. Circumstances have bought us here – but it is nice not to have to work. My pension isn’t huge, so some budgeting will be needed, but we will manage.

To celebrate – a picture of my Geko!

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Have a super Saturday!

 
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Posted by on 30/08/2013 in Personal

 

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Home Sweet Home

It’s been really nice bumbling about at home – looking at the webcams it seems Devon is full of visitors! Not the time to be out & about! I think we will wait until they have all gone home.

The past three days my eating has gradually improved day by day. Yeah! Yesterday I made some caramel I’ve cream with a whole “share” bag of Cadbury Caramel Buttons in! I had some at lunch today & it is scrummy!

We have done some walking too – our usual circuit each day and wildlife spotting!

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Mr (or maybe Mrs) Cricket.

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A lovely Peacock butterfly. And today ….

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Mrs Moo! She was so lovely and let me stroke her nose! How wonderful is she? 🙂

Tomorrow we are home again!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

 
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Posted by on 27/08/2013 in Personal

 

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Nice to be Home

It’s been really nice to get back into an ‘at home’ routine. Yesterday we did shopping and stocked up the fridge and cupboards, today has been lazy!

At Sainsbury’s yesterday I finally saw my first piece of ‘Art Everywhere’.

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Strange seeing this in a car park! The best was on the other side – Holbein and Hocking’s! 🙂

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Cracking!

Today I got up late – I’m sure sleeping is helping with the healing. I am eating a little more each day, so that is great news. On the up! I weigh myself each week and have been a wee bit despondent during chemo as I managed to pile on an average of 2 pounds a week! Now I know why they do radiotherapy second – you lose a pile of weight because you can’t eat! Last week I lost 3 pounds, this week I lost a further 3.75 pounds. I’m close to my pre-treatment weight now!

Today I ventured out for a walk – slowly! 🙂

I met Jiminy Cricket –

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Bit weird isn’t he! And we scared some sheep!

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They ran like crazy just because we looked at them from the lane!

I watched the F1 Grand Prix and then rounded off the day by making a beef stew (with red wine) and dumplings. Yummy stuff! I ate a whole dumpling and some meat and four bits of carrot – mega eating for me!

Looking forward to a whole week at home now.

Have a marvellous Monday!

 
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Posted by on 25/08/2013 in Personal

 

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London Trip

We had a lovely few days in London!

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We spent half our time shopping, and half ‘doing’ art galleries! We started Tuesday afternoon at the National Portrait Gallery and seeing the Laura Knight exhibition. She was an incredibly talented lady – I enjoyed all of her work.

And cake!

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There is a new occupant of the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square too –

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Mmm!?!

So, Wednesday we went to the Tate to see the Lowry exhibition. Nice – but I didn’t think anything was spectacular though. Along with entry to Lowry, we got entry to see Patrick Caufield too. Not someone I was familiar with, but some of his work blew me away! Stunning stuff! I was very very impressed and it certainly made up for being disappointed at Lowry!

Wednesday was also the day I rang the Radiographers at my hospital to see if they could give me some tips on eating and drinking. It is really painful to do either and I just eat and drink tiny amounts. The doc I spoke to said I should go to the nearest hospital and get admitted! The ‘do not pass go’ type instruction was ignored – sorry Doc! No way I’m spending time in hospital in London. I bought water and started sipping.

And went shopping!

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Mmm! How much?!?

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Fed some squirrels too!

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Thursday we had just half a day – we did some wandering, had cake at the National Gallery and found Harrods! They do great chocolate – which I bought (naturally!) for when I can eat again.

Do you take eating and drinking for granted? I used to! My advice – don’t! Enjoy every mouthful – you should appreciate this amazing opportunity to refuel. I can’t wait to get a bit better and be able to eat more than one morsel at a time and drink a whole cup of tea! 🙂

One last picture – we happened upon the changing of the guard on the way to Trafalgar Square – it was raining. Poor guys – they looked so shiny!

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Back home and back into a routine now. Have a superb Saturday!

 
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Posted by on 23/08/2013 in Personal

 

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On The Road

In two ways –

1. On the road …. To recovery &
2. On the road …. To London!

The weekend was pretty evil – the radiologists did say things would get worse before it gets better. The were right! My list includes permanent indigestion, a tennis ball in my throat, nausea, dizziness. That’s enough! 🙂

I have managed to sip tea and eat very small amounts of food. I made some broccoli soup for lunches and added some grated cheddar for protein and soggy croutons for carbs. I’m doing my best in quite difficult circumstances.

Things, as they say, can only get better!

Today we spent a short time in town – I nearly drank a whole cup of coffee!

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We have also planned & packed – we are going to London tomorrow for a three day trip! It’s going to be fun! Apart from the fact that I have to be up at 6.30am – which is about 4 hours before I’ve been getting up this weekend! 🙂

I may be grumpy!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

 
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Posted by on 19/08/2013 in Personal

 

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Fifteen of Fifteen!

Done it! All fifteen sessions of radiotherapy done and dusted!

I haven’t escaped unscathed – I have ‘sunburn’ from the radiation on my head, back, side, chest and forehead, I have no hair left, I have a tennis ball in my throat that makes eating extremely uncomfortable and I have permanent indigestion – bit I’m here, I made it! 🙂

Rocking the bald sunburnt look!

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We went early to Exeter to have a look around the shops and went ape hunting!

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There are several around town – aren’t they great? This one was not far from Carluccio’s where we stopped for coffee and shared a strawberry tart.

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We sat on the sunny side of the street!

Treatment done, I left the radiographers with a box of chocolates and we skipped out of the hospital!

Now I can look forward to all the side effects gradually getting better over the next 2 – 4 weeks. Next Tuesday we go to London for three days – getting excited now!

Tomorrow we are parting with hubby ‘s old car – now we are both home we don’t need two cars. My car is much newer, and will also go when the new Audi arrives, so we will keep that one until then. It will be sad to see the Rover go though.

Have a smashing Saturday!

 
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Posted by on 16/08/2013 in Personal

 

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Thirteen of Fifteen

Into the final countdown!

I finally managed a whole nights sleep without a fit of coughing at some unearthly hour! I managed to sleep through until nearly 10am!

I then spent an age in the shower trying to get rid of all my lose hair. It took three emptyings of the plug hole before I finally gave up and got out of the shower. Hubby is now calling me ‘patch’!

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I have no idea why it is falling out in such a bizarre way!

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Not a look I’m proud of, but it was expected and we can only deal with the hand we are given!

Today’s treatment was fine and I had a blood test too. Tomorrow I see the Oncologist to chat through the treatment – I will mention that I am still having problems swallowing and see what can be done.

I hope you have a tickety-boo Thursday!

 
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Posted by on 14/08/2013 in Personal

 

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