Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Ann's Art

What have I done to deserve such wonderful blogging friends!!!

I follow the two blogs of Ann a very talented artist. If you haven't visited her blogs before, here are the links.

 Ann also has an Etsy shop where she sells her artworks in oils and watercolours.

She knew I had a bit of an obsession with campervans and although we dreamt of owning one sadly that dream is unlikely to be realised. I have a small collection of campervans in the conservatory underneath the television, the large one being a 3D jigsaw puzzle.

At the start of this coranavirus crisis Ann painted a picture of a jaunty little campervan titled Silly Season and I left a comment asking if her painting was for sale as I liked it so much and wanted to own it for my conservatory. Ann very kindly emailed me and offered it to me as a gift, I was blown away by her generosity.

Today the postman delivered a parcel containing Ann's wonderful campervan oil painting 

But that's not all, underneath there was a card to say there was another painting inside

titled      -Annie- '  Always By Your Side"

I don't mind telling you that my husband and I cried when we saw it. The most wonderful  oil painting of Annie which will be treasured. Words can't describe how moved we are by such kindness and such a thoughtful gift

I just hope the framing shop will be open for business so so that we can have the two paintings professionally framed to hang in our home.

Thank you so much Ann xx

Monday, 27 April 2020


It'll be two weeks tomorrow since I had my operation. I've spent most of the time sitting in our conservatory with my feet up. There's not much of a view just the fence, a raised bed and a bush. During the first week of my recovery I had been watching a blackbird going backwards and forwards across the grass with nesting material in it's beak and I was thrilled when hubby told me the nest was in the bush next to our garden gate. Everyday hubby would tell me if the blackbird was sitting in the nest or not.

Yesterday I saw two blackbirds on the fence and they seemed agitated running up and down the fence and then one flew into the tree in he neighbour's garden. Shortly afterwards we saw a magpie swoop past and then al was quiet for the rest of the afternoon.

Unfortunately later in the afternoon hubby saw a smashed egg and yolk on the ground and he could see the nest had been disturbed so it seems likely that the thieving magpie was responsible for stealing the blackbird's egg and I expect the blackbird won't return to the nest now. Hubby and I are both upset but obviously nothing we could have done to stop it happening. Maybe there's something we could try to stop it from happening again.

the splattered egg

 the disturbed nest

This is a photo I took last year of a blackbird enjoying the bird bath

Friday, 24 April 2020

Anxiously waitng

As you know I had surgery last week and I went to the outpatients department on Monday to have the drain removed. I thought that would be a relief but have been having some pain since, yesterday was not a good day. The nurse told me I would receive a letter confirming the date and time of a telephone review with my surgeon at my home one day next week. The letter arrived this morning and has left me feeling anxious as it says allow 15 minutes for this call in a private quiet area. I think I 'll be a bag of nerves when my telephone rings.

Edited to add :
Having just read the letter again I've realised the phone call won't be next week after all but the week after that. That's giving me even more time to worry about things!

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Blue skies and worries

I want to keep blogging and adding photos when I can and make my apologies for any wonky photos. I'm going to try and replace those missing blog photos too.

I went a short walk yesterday for some exercise, maybe I shouldn't have and maybe it was a tad too soon. My right arm is becoming stiff and I was warned it might after having the lymph nodes removed. I shouldn't be lifting anything either. Anyway, this is the wonky photo but I wanted a photo of the lovely bright, clear blue sky. I'm sure we all appreciate this beautiful weather during this enforced lockdown.

Some plants I bought last year to put in a trough in the back garden. Don't ask me what they are as I haven't a clue. That middle one is beginning to seriously freak me out :)

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Isn't she lovely

Last year we bought a couple of climbing roses, hubby chose a yellow rose and I chose a deep red rose. For the last few days I have been watching a bud unfurl on my rose bush and yesterday when I returned from my hospital outpatient appointment, one single red rose was in full bloom. Isn't she gorgeous, I didn't expect to see any roses this early in the year.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Disappearing photos

I noticed yesterday that some but not all photos from March and April have been replaced by an image of a grey circle with a line through it and it seems the image links are broken. I went on Blogger help and they say they are aware of the issue and are working on a fix. Then the Team reported the image issues have been resolved but they haven't, not on my blog anyway.

I've manually re-added the photo of my Angel Annie on the 3rd April blog post but I haven't the energy or confidence to re-add them all in case it happens again. I'm recovering from major surgery and this is the last thing I want to be doing right now.

In other news I have a hospital appointment this afternoon to have my drain removed so that should make me feel more comfortable.

Here again is a photo of my Angel Annie. It would have been her 13th Gotcha Day on the 5th May 2020 and I plan to write more about her then.

Annie 2006 - April 2020

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Happy Birthday wishes

 Photo found on the internet

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to our beautiful daughter

We're here singing Happy Birthday to her while washing our hands :-)

So much for adding photos to my blog and now they seem to have disappeared from Blogger! Let's hope they'll be back.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Thank you

I want to be able to look back at this time in my life through brief snippets here on my blog. Over the past couple of days I have received many good wishes and very thoughtful gifts which mean the world to me.

Thank you so much for the book which I know I will enjoy
sent  from my very good blogging friend

I am definitely being treated like royalty

 and I certainly will enjoy these goodies
sent from London by my son and daughter-in-law

Thank you all so much for your very warm wishes following my recent surgery xx

Thursday, 16 April 2020

New handbag

Oh dear, painting the door will have to wait, this is my kitchen door at home and where the calendar usually sits. I wanted to show you the designer handbag the hospital gave me to carry my wound drain in. As we're in lockdown and I feel really rough following my surgery I won't be going anywhere anytime soon. I asked if the bag is a designer brand and they said yes it is Gucci. Do you think I have been lied to? :-)

Monday, 13 April 2020

A hairy experience

I'll be packing my overnight bag today ready for my hospital admission tomorrow. I've been told that I won't be kept in any longer than is necessary and will be sent  home with drains in which I will have to change myself only returning to hospital to have them removed.

For those who don't already know, I received the results of biopsies just three weeks ago when it was confirmed that I had stage 2 breast cancer that has spread to my lymph nodes. I undergo surgery tomorrow. Having cancer is scary enough but I will be having surgery under coronavirus lockdown conditions. When all routine surgery has been cancelled I know I am very lucky to be having this operation tomorrow and am so very grateful to all NHS staff who are so caring and dedicated.

I started oral chemotherapy two weeks ago in case my surgery could not go ahead and I will continue with this treatment after surgery. It has some common side effects, aching, hot flushes, tingling hands and fatigue all of which I am suffering already.

I may have some hair loss or thinning in the future which brings me to the point of this blog post. What are you ladies doing about hair cuts, styling and colouring now that hairdressers have been forced to close?

I have always kept my hair short apart from in my early twenties when I had curly perms! I have my hair trimmed about every five or six weeks. I'm not a fan of going to the hairdressers as I don't like the small talk about holidays and stuff. I've been using the same hairdresser's shop for many years and the owner knows how I like my hair styled without asking, she just gets on with the job. I get a good haircut at a reasonable price.

My hair is just about needing a trim again so I've decided that after my operation I will ask my husband to shave off  my hair using the highest length setting on his hair clippers. He's not keen to do it but as I have been cutting his hair for many years now I think he owes me :) I'm not aiming to look like a cancer sufferer it's just that I don't want my hair to be getting on my nerves. I've ordered a turban style cap so I can cover up if it looks a total mess.

Just to make you laugh in a serious blog post I've noticed a couple of grey hares on my sofa :)

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Busy doing nothing

Hubby and I were planning on making this jigsaw together but then things changed and we haven't had the heart to start it.

Today I've had an email telling me that hubby's third attempt at a DNA test has failed but I am able to request yet another free test kit. I don't think he'll be keen on trying again and it just has to be his medication that is affecting his  saliva samples. As I haven't done any family research for the last couple of weeks either I may may not bother, what a waste of time and money. I'll see how I feel when I've recovered from my surgery scheduled for next week.

Following my short walk yesterday morning I was fit for nothing afterwards and sat in the conservatory with the doors wide open and my feet up for most of the afternoon. My own medication is having some unwelcome side effects so I'm resting more than wanting to do anything constructive. We enjoyed a rum & raisin ice cream cornet which tasted really good though.

As it was Good Friday I managed to make a fish pie for our evening meal. I  mashed some butter beans into the creamy mashed potato and it tasted really delicious to me but hubby told me to leave out the butter beans next time as he wasn't impressed.

I'm saving energy now and doing nothing for the foreseeable future. It's hard to know what to blog about anymore so forgive the waffle :)

Friday, 10 April 2020

Good Friday

I went a slow walk round the block this morning, the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day. I took my camera with me not thinking there would be much to photograph and only passed a couple of people who crossed the road to avoid me. En route to see the giraffe it was very nice to see a sign made by children thanking key workers.

 It was good to see the giraffe still wearing his personal protection and a new sign on the hedge. How wonderful!

The nearby bin has been sealed up which is very sensible. You can see my shadow taking the photo :)
I'm carrying my cardigan which I'd taken off as it's so warm.

I came home and gave our two borders a blast of water with the hose pipe

 The border plants are looking good considering Annie used to walk across them and took no notice when I often told her to "get out of there" 

 The other border isn't looking too bad either considering I am no gardener :)

That's me done for the day, I'm going to go and relax, put my feet up and read my book.

Wednesday, 8 April 2020


Today I received the phone call I have been anxiously waiting for. My surgery will take place next Tuesday. Six weeks from discovering I had a problem to undergoing surgery. I can't thank our wonderful NHS staff enough. They do wonderful work for people with such care and dedication, and I owe them a big, big thank you in these extremely difficult times.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Fun and games

My daughter sent me some lovely yellow roses today, they are now sitting next to her Mother's Day gift to me. It's hurting so much that I can't see her and give her the biggest hug in the world. I'm also really longing to see her two dogs and give them a big hug too.

If it's not bad enough having just lost our beloved Annie, waiting for a date for that all-important, potentially lifesaving surgery, we now have something else to worry about.

Yesterday afternoon was beautiful, warm and sunny. I was relaxing in the conservatory enjoying reading my new novel when a football hit the window with a loud thud, it frightened the life out of me and it's a wonder the glass didn't smash. The neighbours have been kicking their footballs into our garden on a daily basis recently and I return them back over the fence. Hubby had a word and they did apologise but they carried on playing football regardless. I began to worry that if the glass did get broken would there be any emergency glaziers still at work to call on. I've written a note and posted it through their letterbox this morning, it's polite but I have said I won't be returning any more footballs to them. They'll have to come to my door and ask for them and I actually think it's the father who kicks the balls over and not the young son. Too harsh do you think and maybe risking arrest by keeping their balls? I really don't want to be handling their balls anyway :) I think the police may have better things to do than arrest an elderly couple in poor health, we're not worried about that at all.

I took the short walk to see the horse yesterday. Someone had thrown slices of bread over the fence and the horse was enjoying eating them although I'm not sure bread is the right diet for him. Still, it meant I was able to stroke his face and he didn't move away so he liked it. He wasn't in his field today, gone to his holiday home maybe :)

I passed a house with a dragon lazing in the sun and also a message to stay safe, keep your distance and keep smiling.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Angel Annie

 High up in the courts of Heaven a little dog angel waits

Annie 2006 - 2020

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our darling Annie died peacefully on Wednesday, 1st April, 2020
She was a wonderful character and so beautiful, a very special friend to us.
We miss her so much.

Sleep tight Annie xx

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Keep calm

I've added the full photo of the seashells against the groyne on the beach, I couldn't think what it was called yesterday, as I was asked on my previous blog post what was in my header photo. I was hopeless at trying to shrink the photo to fit so cropped most of it out.

It's April Fools Day today but I don't know how many pranks will be played in this current crisis. it seems inappropriate.

On my short walk with Annie yesterday I was surprised to see the Union Jack flag has been replaced with

Keep calm and carry on

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