Sunday, 3 September 2017

 
 
 
September Already!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
When I last posted at the end of May...
 
I fondly imagined
that I was going to start blogging again
at least weekly!!
 
But ....
within a few days....
I was back in hospital......
this time for 2 weeks!
 
 


It was all a bit shocking
as ....
I had taken my husband for an appointment
to investigate whether he had had
a TIA a few days before....
 
My asthma was not good....
but
it happens!
 
 
The registrar took one look at me....
practically pushed my husband out of the way....
took out his stethoscope....
and told me he was admitting me immediately...
shouted for a nurse to get a wheel chair.
 
 
So.....
I was in hospital for 2 weeks!
 
I didn't get to answer your lovely comments.
 
I am soooooo sorry!
 
 

 
 
 
It was so encouraging to read.......
that so many remembered me..
and had been wondering what had happened to me!
 
Thank you all so very much!
 
I intend to try to post more often ....
and visit....
and reply to your comments!
 
This last time in hospital was such a shock
as I thought that at last
I had finished with all the orthopaedic operations.
 
I was off crutches for the first time in
9 years....
and then.....
I ended up back in hospital!!
Ah me....
 



These pictures were taken yesterday.
It was a lovely afternoon
so we enjoyed the sunshine in the
walled garden
of a local castle.
 
 


How has the summer been for everyone?
I have to say
that, here in Wales,
it has not been very good.
Have felt so sorry for the holiday makers.....
particularly those with young children!
 
The coast is wonderful in good weather......
but it must be awful trying to entertain
young children
in a tent, or caravan,in the rain!
 
 

 
 
Last week seemed to have been one for
animals breaking out!!
 
First, on Tuesday,our own cattle
broke out of the back field onto my front lawn;
then, on Thursday and Friday, our neighbour's goat
got out and, as it was a billy goat,
put the fear of....
into a friend who was helping me in the garden;
then, on Friday,
our other neighbour's cattle broke into our farmyard
(luckily I had shut the farmyard gate
the night before!!
Lastly, ALL Saturday night
our bull
walked up and down the field
under our bedroom window........
roaring and bellowing...
to a neighbour's heifer......
 ...who was obviously in season!!
 
Who would live in the country??!!
 



So......
what's happening in my life?
Well I had to defer
my university course last winter as I was just
not well enough
after major surgery on my ankle.
 
I had got half way through....
but have to say
I was not enjoying relearning Latin.
 
I hated it the first time!!
 
I banked my first 3 assignments as I had good marks.
 
Now I must make sure that I don't slack with the studies.....
otherwise I will find it hard to pick up in February!
Oh joy!!
 
As I'm doing my degree distance learning
it will take me 6 years.
I have completed 3 and was half way through my 4th
when
I had to stop!
 
 

 
 
These last couple of years
I have taken up
scrapbooking and decorating my planners...
I really enjoy it and find it very relaxing!
 


I am going to start a course
for a couple of hours
once a week
on album making.
The examples I've seen are really lovely
but I'm sure that it will take me a while to get
anything like!!
 
 

 
 
I also enjoy
memory keeping/journaling in
my Traveller's' Notebook (TN)........
Sometimes I write and decorate
every day
 
 
 
 
At other times...
it can be quite a few days!
 
 
My family may enjoy reading about me...
and the things I enjoy
after my days..
on the other hand.....
they may just throw them away.
 
It doesn't matter as...
I have enjoyed doing it!!
 
 
So....there you are....
I think that I've about caught up!
I shall enjoy becoming reacquainted with you!
 
 


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

So Long

 
 
 
 
 

 


I can't believe that it has been so long since I last posted.
 
I don't know why I haven't written.
 
 
Life just seemed to get too full and it's too easy
 
to let time without posting....
 
drift by.
 
 
I have had several more operations.......
 
one because the fixing in my back loosened.....
 
so they had to reopen and start again!!
 
 



Then.....
 
I was also studying with the Open University.
 
It was supposed to take
 
16/18 hours per week......
 
I'm afraid I took much longer!!
 
My assessments gained good marks though!
 
 
So, here I am
 
I'm looking forwards to catching up again.
 
I wonder if there are many out there
 
who remember me???
 




These photos are from a holiday

I took in Dorset
 
with a friend
 
 
The top 2 are a beach at Charmouth.
 
Although it was out of season
 
there were still a lot of people scouring the beaches at low
 
tide trying to find fossils.
 
This is an area well known for fossils.
 
I did have a look but
 
ended up buying some to bring home.
 
 
It's so hard to believe that
 
the stone you have in the palm of your hand
 
is an animal
 
that lived 195 million years ago!!
 
 

 
 

 
 
These next few photos are from West Bay.
 
A popular UK detective series was filmed here
 
Broadchurch.
 
My friend was an avid follower
 
 so we had to have a lot of photos taken here.
 
I have to say that the rock face was stunning!!
 
 
 
 
We drove further along the coast to
Hive Bay
and saw the other side of the hill
 
 


 
There was an artist on the beach
 
and he looked so small against the cliffs
 
 
 

 
 
 
It was good to come home again
 
and see our hedgerows
 
full of flowers




 
 
 
 
 
 
 



we are just so fortunate where we live!!
 
 

 

 
We even have wild garlic
 
in our hedgerows
 
lovely!!
 
 
 
 
 
One thing I have started to enjoy
 
since I last wrote is
 
scrapbooking
 
 



There's something very calming
 
and satisfying
 
about choosing stickers and placing them.
 
I hadn't realised what
 
a huge community there is
 
of those who enjoy, and take great pleasure in sharing,
 
their finished spreads!
 
 
I love starting with a blank page....
 
perhaps colouring it a little..
 
before fixing..
 
different shapes...
 
and journaling around them
 
This one is particularly pretty.....
 
poppywillowco
 
sells some beautiful foiled stickers in...
 
her etsy shop
 
 

 
 
So....there we are.
 
I think that I've caught up?!
 
I look forwards to visiting you.....
 
and seeing what is happening in your lives!


Friday, 6 March 2015

Strange Light











I just can't believe that
it's been so long since I have written to you all.
When I looked back
it was last September!!
I'm so sorry!

I have been visiting you all
but not commenting
as I know I tend to visit those
who have been kind enough to comment
and
I didn't want you all to have a fruitless journey!






What's been happening??
Well....
When I look back
I see that I wrote I was still in some pain.

The pain got worse
and when I returned to the consultant
he discovered 2 of the screws,
 at the top fixing the 
4 vertebrae that had been fused, 
had come loose.
These were waggling around and making bigger holes etc...etc...

The upshot was
that I returned to hospital, 100 miles away,
for more surgery on 16th Feb this year.
(This meant 3 major surgeries in 14 months!!)
I'm now recuperating.
I can't sit upright for long
but
so longed to be in touch with you all.







'What's with the photos of the tree?'
I hear you ask

This is the tree outside my bedroom window.
I see a lot of it these days!
I loved the way the golden evening sun
was catching it
and
highlighting the lichen on the branches.

There are so many golden moments that we can miss because we are looking down
or inwards.....
sometimes I feel that I need to stop
looking at all
I've been/ am going through
and take note of the golden moment 
that is there 
for such a fleeting time!





So what else has been happening?
Well not a great deal...

I shared about my Open University studies....
I passed my Examinable Assignment
and am now
thoroughly enjoying my second year.
It is still at foundation level
but is just so interesting!
It takes 16 hours of study a week..
so the course guide says...
but...
I find it much, much more!

Unfortunately there is a 3 hour exam in June 
and I am really not
looking forwards to that.
However, I will face that one when I get to it!
If I find it is stressing me too much
then I will stop!!





I was down at the coast
before I went into hospital.....
and loved the way the dark clouds
had breaks in them ,
allowing the sun above,
to break through and highlight
parts of the sea.




Who knows what's around the corner
but I have to believe
that the sun is behind the clouds
and only looking...
for an opportunity........
to break through.


So sorry it's taken me so long
but
it's good to catch up with
whoever happens to read this!
Thanks so much for
being there for me whenever I can manage
to post!!





Same tree.......
..........different day!!





Saturday, 6 September 2014

Yes.....I Know.......!!






Yes....I know...
It's been almost 2 months since I wrote.

Life seems to have been so full.
A cry I know many of us echo as we try to catch life by the coattails!




I decided that, with all the sitting around, being unable to get out
my mind was beginning to need
 some stretching
so I started doing a course, by distance learning,
with the Open University.




I didn't tell anyone...just in case
I didn't manage to complete it as I didn't want 
to have egg on my face!

I've taken it one assignment at a time..
and so many times I have sat in front of the computer and thought
"I can't do this!"
Yet, I have!
I have so enjoyed the breadth of what I have learnt...
sometimes I have felt angry 
(on the behalf of those that I am learning about,)
other times I have felt frustrated,
as the assignments haven't covered the things that have grabbed my attention




But, I've done it!!
Oh yeah!!

I really can't believe it....
I have completed 7 Tutor marked assignments.
I was telling my doctor this week
and he said
to have achieved an average over the 7 of
77%
when during the study time
I have had 2 major ops.,
have an eye problem which means my eye slowly closes when I'm reading...
...and I fall asleep
(more often than not!)
and also I am on some majorly strong pain killers!


Was really something!!





The next part was the examinable 
component 
of the course
50% of the marks 
and,apparently, if you fail that
you fail the course!

So, I have had my head down for days
...even weeks...it feels!
working at it.
My eyes feel exhausted and my brain
scrambled!
Well more than it usually is!




I have checked... and rechecked...
and rechecked..
and now I have submitted it.
Oh yeah!!
I'm happy about the content but...
am worried
that I may have got the referencing wrong.
However...
I have to stop worrying..
it's done and dusted...as a friend of mine would say!




I have already booked for my next course...
am I a masochist?
No...
I'm really enjoying all I am learning...
and the assignments
help me look deeper and not just skim read.
I have learnt so much about the world we live in.




I started just wanting to do a course
but now am...
in line to do a degree...over the years.

I don't know whether I will...
we'll see!
What I am doing is just....
doing one assignment at a time...
sometimes kicking and screaming...
but, I'm doing it!




and enjoying it!!
I hope it doesn't sound as if I am complaining 
because I'm not...
I'd stop if I didn't  find it so exhilarating!




Otherwise...
all is well!!

Sorry Mum didn't do a post when she was here.
I've got the photos but it seemed to be all go! 
Perhaps I'll manage 
to settle down with her
when I am able to visit her!

At the moment I'm not allowed to drive that far!




My hip is wonderful....don't know I've had it done..

My back is a different story....
It is really painful still.
I asked the physio.... when I last saw him
and he said it would be 12-18 months
before we finally know what's happening....

I asked if I would still be in pain
and he said that I could be.
I said...why the op then...if the pain doesn't go?

He said that I had to have it as 
I would have been in a wheelchair.
I suppose that's one blessing!!




I have been visiting but not commenting ....sorry!


It's a glorious autumn day so
I am going to have some lunch...
and then...
go outside and enjoy a short walk...
coming??!!








Saturday, 19 July 2014

Pink!!






Yes
I know that my Title is 'Pink'
and this is a blue flower.

I just wanted to share my thoughts
on the fact that
we determine what is going to happen
or we think...
by a word or chance remark
and then...
perhaps go on our own bunny trail.....
so
we get thrown
and question why ...what..?



I've been unable to spend time in the garden
as I would like........
..and, suddenly,.. 
as I looked out of the sun room window....
I realised that practically all the plants 
in my patio garden
are pink!!


The old pergola 
is showing a lot of signs of age
(like me....I sigh)
and the winter storms
have pushed it over at a frightening degree!


I do love to look out and see the flowers
it just brightens up the day!



To get back to expectations...
how hard do you find it
to change the train of thought that
a word or an incident starts off..




...??



For me...something can trigger
a train of thought
that might be nothing like the other person intended
as they started to speak...
but I ...
have gone off on a totally different track
and it can be hard then
to see what the other person meant!




My physio said that the back pain.. 
may never get better....
and I was immediately
going back down the tunnel of despair.

He said we won't know for another 12-18 months
how bad....or good....
it is going to end up!
I asked 
"Why the fusion of the 4 vertebra then?"
He said that
the collapse of my vertebra
could have got so bad
that I might have ended up in a wheelchair


I immediately latched onto the negative
and started down the winding trail..
but...
on reflection..
there's a lot of positive 
in what he says..
and I have to relearn
to pick up the positive and stand on that!



Talking of expectations ...
and looking at things in certain ways...

The flowers I have shown have all been
pink
and taken...
whilst I have been standing with my back to the house
looking at the patio....

When I turn around 180*s.....
look what I can see...



BLUE

While I had been thinking all is pink...
when I changed direction...
there was blue!
and...
this little agapanthus
is very special to me as...
when my mother and I went to Madeira
it must be nearly 20 years ago...
we went on a trip right up into the mountains..
and there were farmers selling the plants.

Mum and I bought a few...
I gave some to my daughters...
and planted some...
in my garden.
They became overgrown with weeds and brambles
and I thought I'd lost them...
until...
a couple of years ago..
hubby was clearing the area for his new tool shed
when he said....
"This is a strange weed"

I couldn't believe it...and rushed to put it in a pot...
where it's stayed until...
a couple of weeks ago I saw signs
that it was going to flower..

Voila!!!




Perhaps
there's a lesson for me there....
to not hear the beginning
without hearing the end....
but also..
not to go down the same old road...but....
to turn right around and look for...
the unexpected...
the signs of hope and change...
that perhaps I will be able to regain 
some of my old life...
and do...
some of the things..
that I used to do and enjoy before!

Sorry about all of this..
but it spoke so powerfully to me!


I couldn't finish without showing you
what happened last week..


as you know
I planted all the trees and shrubs etc 
when we built our house.
These last few years
I have been unable to do any weeding etc



and it has really upset me
especially this big border by the wall.

Then
a team of young people from a church in Aberystwyth
came to our area for a week...
to hold tent meetings
for the community
and they also



offered to help weed gardens of those who were having difficulty in doing
all sorts of other hard to do jobs!

I so wish I had taken 'before' pictures
but
perhaps from the mounds of weeds
you'll get the idea!!??



I am just so grateful to them....
It has really cheered me up....
In fact...
the other afternoon.....
I was so busy looking at my lovely new border
that...
I nearly drove into the wall of the house!
True!!



What a great way
of showing God's love...
through serving people without expecting
anything more than thanks!

The other good thing is 
that part of the garden has been tidied up
to celebrate my mother's visit.

She is hoping to come at the beginning of August
to celebrate her 94th birthday
with the family in Wales
She is much fitter than I am
so I expect
I will be able to twist her arm
to do a guest post 
as she has done these last couple of years!




Perhaps if you ask nicely......
(She reads my blog)
so you can ask her yourself

Thanks for allowing me to take you 
around the ideas that seem to be filling my thoughts!