Good morning ladies , how quickly the weeks are going 😲!
Rosie how lovely to be in your new home and settled , much better for DH to be having projects on the go I’m sure !! It sounds a great location and the best of both worlds having the city fairly accessible but having more open countryside close too . Enjoy your trip to Plymouth , it will be lovely to catch up with the family again , although a shame the trip to see ES and DIL and their new home will be delayed . How awful for DILs family having her father so poorly .
Joan I hope all is ok with you and your family , with the reopening of more things it does broaden the options somewhat ! Even going for a cup of coffee will be so nice let alone the hairdressers , I am having my hair cut on Tuesday and can’t wait - I have been hacking at mine for the last 4 months and it’s at least an inch longer on one side than the other !!
Cassie I expect work is still really busy with you at the moment . I hope your ED is doing ok and I expect your YD is desperate to resume her travelling ?!
I only had to wait 1 week this time for my mammogram results and thankfully all was clear .
I continue to be very busy with my parents and elderly aunt which is almost becoming my second job ! My mum and dad celebrated their 60 year wedding anniversary last week and had some lovely cards and gifts , I organised a card from Buckingham palace signed by the Queen which they were thrilled with . Dad is at the hospital tomorrow to see the dermatology surgeon to remove a large growth on top of his head which they think is a-skin cancer but because they won’t have enough skin around the area to close the wound he will have a skin graft taken from his shoulder 😬.
I think we are going to venture over the border into Northamptonshire this morning for a woodland walk with the dogs - I don’t know how I can cope with the excitement !!
Take care ladies and I hope Wildpurl all is ok with you .
Good Afternoon ladies I do hope this finds you all well!
It is a little while since I posted due to our move!
Joan I hope that your YD continues to get stronger by now her husband will have returned from Italy. I am very sorry to hear about your Goddaughter and that the prognosis is not good and hope that her treatment will at least give the family some quality extended time. As you say how lucky we were!
Lovewine it is good to hear that your friend has defied the 18 month prognosis and do hope that that he can have surgery on the latest tumour to enable him to have more time.
I had to smile at your understanding of your dog walker friend filing for divorce and putting the house on the market! 😄
Cassie it sound like your poor ED has endured some very unfortunate issues I do hope that she now only has one washing machine!
Glad to hear that was all good with your recent mammogram.
We have been in our house for 2 weeks now and DH is so much happier! We have an integral garage with a door from the hallway so all all our storage from the container is now in our garage so he has his bike, tools etc all to hand!
We love the house and it is only 10 mins walk from Waitrose. There is also a Country Park within walking distance! I was sad to be leaving the river, canal and easy walking distance of the city. But I realise that we are much more sensibly placed!
I can get on a bus down to the city- I haven’t driven in the UK for over 10 years and won’t be starting now! I get my bus pass in September and can’t wait! 😂
I have found ducks and swans on a lake at County hall and a swans nest with 5 eggs! So I am very happy. Our house is new but we are very fortunate to back onto established housing with long gardens and poplars at the back! I was so excited to see birds other than gulls who are a real problem around the city and where we lived in the apartment! It’s great not to be woken up by gulls from 4am!
DH is very handy luckily, although a perfectionist and uses a spirit level for every fixing! It’s very hard being the labourer for him, lots of standing around. I got very tired but at least after the first week we were more or less straight!
We had an emergency phone call from DD the other night they had water pouring in through their downstairs cloaks ceiling which caused the downstairs to become flooded and has caused damage to flooring, doors etc!😒 The emergency plumber and electrician were sent to them. Once they had located the stop tap and isolated the electric they calmed down a bit! They had contacted the out of hours number before ringing DH. He managed to get them to locate the stop tap, which was in the utility and not the kitchen and got them to turn the consumer unit off! The builder was round early the next morning and have set them up with a huge dehumidifier! It was the plumbers fault the cross joint wasn’t fixed properly! 😡 At least the builder will have to put things right and they won’t have to claim on the insurance.
ES’s wife’s family in France have all had COVID and unfortunately his FIL remains in an induced coma in hospital! 😔 It is very touch and go! ES and DIL completed on a house yesterday that needs a bit of work and we were hoping to get there next month to help out a bit. This is clearly not going to happen any time soon! 😢 France, as the rest of Europe, is just not up to speed on the vaccination programme and neither of his in-laws had been vaccinated, both early 60’s!
We are taking the motorhome to Plymouth next weekend to visit YS and family so are looking forward to that! Then we are staying at a site at Bourton on the water en route back to meet up with our motorhome friends from the Isle of Wight. DH has gone to take it out on the road from its storage and fill with petrol. He said it started first time. It’s been standing since Christmas!
Ladies I think we will all be glad next week when we move into the next phase of the entry out of lockdown. I am meeting my sister in Hereford for coffee so do hope that the weather will be kind to us!
Wildpurl seems to have slipped off the radar do hope all is well with her!🤔
Good Morning Ladies, So sorry to hear of all of the health problems it has been such a worrying time for so many I am not at all surprised. ED seems to be on the up but her general health is not too good at the moment in fact she felt so unwell she missed a call from the GP so will have to re-organise. She seems to be going through lots of niggly things her TV was playing up the volume kept dropping so she ordered a new one which was worse no volume at all at times so that went back. Her Washing machine is on its last legs making a horrendous banging noise by all accounts so she ordered a new one when it came they would not install it and take the old one away as arranged due to a faulty tap? So she ended up with two unusable machines in her small flat. The landladies handyman is going to come to her rescue! GS is back at school now he went back on the 12th, he is doing most of the school run on his own now if her continues with his independence I think it will be very good for ED, she may even be able to restart a course or a part time job which would be really good for her too, something for herself.
All good with the mammogram and call back, so that's another thing ticked off. I cannot wait for things to re-open and to get back to some sort of normality YB had his 2nd jab yesterday, ED had her 1st a few weeks go as she is a carer. So we are getting there YD is waiting for the day to have hers and cannot wait to travel again ! Busy as ever at work and really bored with it all now, fingers crossed ladies XX
Good morning ladies , I also can’t believe it’s 4 weeks since I posted , considering we aren’t doing very much the time is going very quickly !
Joan I am so sorry to hear about your god daughter , what a dreadful time for your poor friends too , let’s hope the treatment will help and at least keep her stable for as long as possible . Our very good friend with the cancer has defied the 18 month prognosis by 6 months and the chest tumours have shrunk but a recent scan showed a new much larger one on his adrenal gland so tomorrow he sees oncology for a date for surgery .
I had my mammogram yesterday too , am feeling very anxious waiting for the results . Cassie I hope all was well with yours and your phone consultation ?
Rosie I expect you are really looking forward to your house move ! Not long also for your first trip to Plymouth , you must be desperate to get out and about again . It’s been a long winter !
Both myself and OH have had our jabs now too , also most of my friends and sister too , they seem to be really rattling through the population now .. my in laws in Canada who are both 80 haven’t even had their first one yet .
Cassie I hope your ED is doing a lot better now and how is GS now he’s back at school ? I know so many people who are now suffering anxiety because of this past year , one of my dog walking friends is a district nurse and very competent and “ seen it all “ in her words , she suffered a panic attack after administering insulin to a patient , she worried she had given the wrong dose which of course she hadn’t but she’s on sick leave with anxiety and depression , another of my dog walkers has filed for divorce and put her house on the market ! ( now that I can understand at times !!).
Take care ladies and hopefully see you all in July 🤗!
I can’t believe that it is 6 weeks since I last posted, where does the time go. Rosie, I hope by now the purchase of your new house has gone through. Not long now till your trip to Plymouth and things are looking fairly hopeful for your family holiday in Wales though perhaps not so much for your trip to France. We have booked a family holiday in Cornwall for the end of July so fingers crossed.
Cassie, I hope all was well with your mammogram. I don’t suppose the work pressures are any easier. I am sorry to hear that your ED has been struggling with her mental health. As you say, the pandemic and all the restrictions have affected so many people psychologically. My YD seems to be a lot better but is still fairly fragile. Her husband is away in Italy for work for 2 months so we are forming a bubble with her so we can help out.
Lovewine, I hope you have had your jab now and that your early morning dog walks are getting more enjoyable with the lighter mornings and better weather. We continue to do our morning walks along Clevedon seafront, treating ourselves to a takeaway coffee at the end. Simple pleasures. ED is now fine, thank you for asking.
Not much happening here, for which I am thankful, because several of our friends are struggling with illness, not Covid, of a family member. Very sadly my goddaughter has had her breast cancer return for a second time and the prognosis is not good, although she is having treatment which we hope will help. She is only 48, with two school aged children. Her poor parents, our close friends, are absolutely devastated. Makes me realise just how lucky we all were. Hoping we will be able to meet up to celebrate in July.
Good Morning ladies!
Another week draws to a close on the cusp of getting back to some normality with school returning. Let’s hope that the infection rate won’t increase.🙄
Cassie it was good to hear from you- hopefully grandson will be looking forward to returning to school tomorrow and your ED will feel a bit better.
Hope your telephone consultation with the consultant goes well on Wednesday.
Lovewine our house will only be just over a mile away from where we are now. It’s further away from the river and city but served by a very frequent bus service to the city. As I get my bus pass In September I will certainly be taking advantage of it! The house is a brand new one and is ready we are just awaiting contract exchange which hopefully will happen early next week! We did a part exchange and expected it to fly through without a hitch! No that didn’t happen!🥴 The builder had a buyer for our apartment but wants to do a simultaneous completion as they don’t want it left in their stock. As the apartment is leasehold and communal it has a number of extra issues to deal with! 🤦🏻♀️
We are planning to take the motorhome down to Plymouth for the weekend after 12th April. In early June we hope to be able to make the trip to France to see ES and family! By then we will have had the second vaccine and hopefully foreign travel will be permitted!
I can’t do my river walks at the weekend as it is not safe to do so! There are too many people about that don’t social distance, runners, cyclists and people that don’t have any awareness that we are still in a pandemic! Fortunately we can go to NT properties to the grounds and gardens to walk and this is a much safer option. We have two very close to us, Croome Court and Hanbury but I missed out on the booking for this weekend they are full so we are travelling a little further afield to the border of Hereford and Worcestershire, Brockhampton. If we get challenged for travelling I have the evidence!
Lockdown has had its effect on MIL and she is not coping well -from shutting her curtains, she starts having panic attacks. DH took her to stay with his sister in Northampton for a week whilst she was on half term and she said it was like having a new born overnight! She will be 95 next month, BIL lives about a mile away so keeps an eye on her. It is a 45 min trip for DH to get to her. She does have a communication chord to pull in her bungalow but won’t pull it and rings her ED at 3 am quite regularly! Apart from obvious physical ageing she can still look after herself. I haven’t seen her since before Christmas.
Lovewine it is certainly a relief to see the signs of Spring and to have the longer days!
Onward and upwards ladies!🌼🌸🎍
Good morning ladies , lovely to hear from you .. Nothing much going on here either which is good in one way with no dramas but really hard as everyone else knows with the lockdown again . Rosie I have thought about you and DH and how hard particularly DH would be finding it - what a relief you have bought a house and will be able to have the family to stay eventually ! Is it in a similar area to your apartment ?
Joan good news all is good with your latest colonoscopy results - a worry though while you were waiting . How are your DDs and GC coping ? And how is your ED now ?
Cassie sorry to hear your ED is struggling at the moment , there are going to be a tidal wave of various mental health problems I’m sure after this past year , hope all goes well with your mammogram results 🤞.
I haven’t as yet had my jab but expect to be called very soon - I certainly haven’t had any info on being any sooner as mum and dads support system , but our local GP surgery is whizzing through the vaccines so I don’t think I will be too long
Finally too signs of spring 🤗and it’s almost light now on my 6.45 a.m dog walk , it seems like forever I have been walking in the dark and cold !
Wildpurl I hope you and your family are well .
It seems hopeful for our annual meet up ladies 👍it will be so nice to catch up with you all in person !
Take care everyone
All is well at the moment but ED has been struggling like many others with her MH in the lockdown. Work is still crazy busy with our list size increasing to three times the amount before lockdown which has a massive impact on every aspect of out daily work. We have employed a small group of Oxford university graduates that help with the online aspect of office life and work on the support lines and one of them, bless her has, taken on all of the COVID vaccine appointment calls for the bookings she is a concert violinist. I am not sure in the long term how long they will stay once the lockdown relaxes.
Lovewine I hope you are listed as a carer at your GP's you should have been called in group 6.
I have not much to say to be honest all a bit same and boring but lucky to have a steady income in the current climate. I have had my yearly mammogram and have a telephone consultation on 10th March with the consultant
Best wishes to all x
Good Afternoon ladies,
It has been a while since we heard from Cassie and Wildpurl hope they can drop in soon and update us!
Good to hear that your parents are managing Lovewine and that your YD is coping with home schooling Joan, nearly over now the end is insight!
I expect by now we will have all either received or have an appointment for our first vaccine? DH and I had our first 2 weeks ago.
Let’s hope that people will stick to the relaxation of the rules sensibly! 🙄
At least it looks like we will be able to meet up this July! 🙂
We are supposed to be having a family holiday in Wales this year in August so we are just hoping that ES and family will be able to get here as it will be unlikely that they will have had their vaccine by then as they are in the 40 and under category and France is miles behind us! DIL is worried that they won’t be allowed over without having it!😬🥴
DH and I are hoping to move into a house at the end of March, lockdown in an apartment has been too much and DH has felt like a caged lion! 🙀We look forward to having extra space to put the family up and a much needed garden! 😅
Hope you are all well! At least the days are getting longer and milder!😏
Its good that your dad has taken so readily to his tablet, Lovewine, and is getting familiar with the internet. Shame that his foot is still giving him problems though. What made your aunt change her mind about the vaccine?
I’ve had quite a good week. On Tuesday we changed our broadband provider and after a little difficulty I managed to get. all our various devices connected. On the same day I got my letter about my jab, which is arranged for Thursday. Then on Thursday I got the all-clear from my CT colonoscopy. I can’t remember if I said, but having been initially told that the colonoscopy in November was clear, I got a letter from the surgeon saying he wasn’t happy with the images, so had to have the CT one. Next month I have the usual CT scan of my torso, then apparently that is it, apart from 6 monthly blood tests, until the 5 year point. YD is doing pretty well, and coping with the home schooling though she will be relieved when the schools reopen.
Apart from work, which hasn’t been too demanding, though I’m expecting that to change soon, I’m keeping occupied with the odd lecture, book groups etc.
No snow yet down here. Hope none of you other ladies are affected by it.
As ever, stay safe.
Good morning ladies , Rosie I am finding it a long haul too this time ☹️- so much harder in the winter .. my elderly aunt finally decided to have her vaccine so I took her last week !
Rosie I saw the floods in your area over the last few days , the rain has been relentless , it certainly doesn’t help the mood .
I continue to plod on with my work , I am very quiet at the moment but that is fairly usual for just after Christmas , covid though has impacted enormously on it too , as it has with everyone !
mum and dad are doing ok , dad still has the district nurse twice a week to dress his foot which still is quite sore despite the vascular surgery , I think it’s going to be a permanent thing sadly . He is more occupied now though as we clubbed together and bought him an Amazon fire tablet for Christmas and he loves it ! He looks at Crewe train station and North York’s steam trains which he loves abs he’s becoming quite good at surfing the internet 😀!
Hope you are all keeping well , let’s hope better times aren’t too far away as I think the consequences for the past year are enormous with mental health ,children especially - one of my clients is a counsellor for NSPCC and she is seeing a massive increase in referrals for self harm and abuse .
Keep well ladies .💐
Good Afternoon ladies,
What a long haul this is! 😬 Seriously getting fed up now if only we knew when it was going to end.
Lovewine I am glad that your parents have now had their first vaccine and your husband Joan! MIL has had both of hers.
I believe we will hear some news today about the reopening of schools. I do hope they can fully reopen again after half term, not solely for the education of the children but their mental well-being! Also for parents that are struggling with home schooling.
DD’s school is about 50% capacity this lock down to the number of vulnerable pupils and those that can’t access online learning.😳
What good news about your ED’s results Joan, such a relief for you all.
Lovewine I have seen some clumps of snowdrops and the days are remaining lighter for longer! Some positive signs of spring! 😏
Lovely to hear from you Lovewine. Yes, I am finding this lockdown more difficult. Last year I think we were all probably thinking that awful as it was if we hunkered down for a few weeks that would do largely do it, even if the more vulnerable among us had to remain careful. Now we know that isnt the case, and the battle against the virus is going on and on. Having the vaccine is brilliant of course, and I keep reminding myself of that. Great news that your parents have had it. Shame about your aunt, I gather from what you’ve said in the past that she’s not the easiest of people. My husband, who is 76, had his on Saturday.
ED had her MRI results back last week and it was all clear, which was a huge relief. She hasnt recovered her memory but otherwise seems back to normal. She is on a phased return to work- which just seems to mean working 7 hours a day, but, as she says, is a lot less than usual. She won’t be back on a ward until the beginning of next month. It is still likely to be pretty hectic, of course, although with any luck, the number of admissions may have peaked. She has also had her first jab.
Sorry, misjudged the time, must sign off. Hope all well.
Good morning ladies from a very wet Leicestershire! I hope you are all keeping well and not too fed up , I am ! The weather is relentlessly wet , my dog walks are a nightmare trying to clean them twice a day - long haired too ! The lockdown mark 3 is proving quite difficult too .
I took mum and dad last week for their first vaccine and it was all very efficient , elderly aunt was also offered a slot but declined which I expected , she said she doesn’t need it 😡- I explained she wouldn’t be able to have any of the family visit or go out safely but she said she would leave it for now !
Joan how is your ED ? I hope the scan was clear and she is feeling much better - I expect she is very very busy at work now , she must be exhausted .
Rosie how are you coping , I am enjoying your photos as always of the daily activities on the river - it’s a beautiful place you live in .
Cassie , I hope ED is doing ok after the disappointment at Christmas - you must also be very busy at work too .
Wildpurl I expect you are continuing to work from home ? Hope all is well with you ?
I have noticed daffodils poking up in the garden so spring is not far away and hopefully with the vaccine ongoing life will start to improve - 🥀, I think it’s going to be a long time for any kind of normality though .
Stay safe ladies 💐
What an end to a year with most of us in tier 3 or 4! Let’s just hope that now the second vaccine will be rolled out from Monday that we can begin to have confidence and return to a more normal life! 🙄
Joan I am glad that you managed to do something festive by having mulled wine and mince pies on the pier! Hopefully your ED’s MRI will come through quickly and provide reassurance.
Lovewine hope your lunch deliveries went well on Christmas Day and that you parents are keeping well.
Cassie hopefully ED changed her mind about celebrating Christmas!
Wildpurl hopefully all is well with you?
Ladies we will all be enjoying a quiet New Year hopefully we will be able to raise a glass with each other in July! Here’s to better times in 2021! 🥂
Good evening ladies , oh goodness Joan , i am sure the mri is just to be cautious ,it is a good sign that ED is able to concentrate better and feels an improvement , but of course you will worry until the scan is done , I am sorry you are unable to even visit the GC and YD / SIL , it’s all such a worry now with the new variant , let’s hope the Oxford vaccine is rolled out soon .
Cassie I hope ED has come round a bit now and is speaking to you ,it’s so difficult on so many levels for people and I think Christmas makes things so much worse too .
Rosie I hope all is well with you .
Have as good as Christmas as you can this year ladies , it’s certainly a challenging one for us all .
Stay safe and well and maybe next year we will be able to meet up for our annual lunch !
We are now spending Xmas on our own. There is a bit of an outbreak where YD and family live so we are not even having out tea and mincepies in their garden. We are having a family Zoom in the morning to watch the children open their presents from us and ED, then again in the afternoon to play games. Had a nice, though very chilly, walk this morning along the seafront, taking in mulled wine and mince pies on the pier.
The neurologist ED saw on Tuesday wasn’t as reassuring as we had hoped. Said the extent of her memory loss was indicative of a moderate brain injury and has referred her for an MRI. ED thinks that is just to rule out anything serious, I hope she wasnt just reassuring us. On the plus side she says she feels much better and is more able to concentrate and think. Hopefully after taking it easy over Xmas she will be able to go back to work in January.
What a shame that ED is reacted this way, especially after all you have done to support her over the years. I guess when people are under stress anyway it doesn't take much to upset them. I know I had a couple of upsetting exchanges with my YD when she was at her lowest. I hope you manage to have a good Xmas, whether or not she comes round. Good to hear you have had your jab and that the side effects were fairly minor.
Cassie I am so sorry that you are having such a torrid time with ED and do hope that she will come round! You are so sensible to try not to take it personally you are such a rock for her and grandson.
Christmas is such a difficult time for us all this year and we will all be glad when it is over!😢
Stay strong! 💪🏼 X
Good Morning Ladies
It is indeed difficult times, ED had taken a downward spiral as we cannot now go to her house for dinner on Christmas day as planned she initially seemed OK on Saturday but now has removed her decorations and says she wants nothing from us ! We planned to swap some festive food and presents and do a zoom Christmas lunch and play an online game together, but she is having none of it and will not answer any calls from me. I hope she will come round it's not personal obviously but it seems she is taking it that way.
I have had my first Covid jab as most frontline staff felt a bit headachy yesterday and tired but OK apart from that. Work remains incredibly busy I am currently working on Sundays to help with social distancing in the workplace, I have drawn the line about working this Sunday though. I shall be trying to battle in the supermarket at some point because I had not planned to be home on Christmas day, I will deliver dinner for my brother on Christmas day too lovewine, it is the best solution.
Stay safe ladies and try to have as nice a Christmas as possible x
Good Afternoon Ladies,
What difficult times and decisions we are facing! 😬
Lovewine I think that’s a wonderful solution to deliver Christmas dinner to your parents and elderly aunt! I am surprised that they aren’t offering your mum the vaccine the same time as your dad! MIL who is 94, had hers yesterday and has been fine.
Joan I am glad to hear that YD is coping better but sorry to hear about ED’s accident! Were there any witnesses when she fell? Hopefully it will have been just concussion from the accident that caused the memory loss.
Sorry Joan just re read your post and you said there were no witnesses!!😳
Cassie I hope that YD is still living at home so at least you have each other ?
Wildpurl I hope that you have managed to see your son and his partner before the latest tier 4 arrival! 🤔
Not quite the Christmas we had all planned!
Ladies I wish you all a bit of merriment this Christmas and a much more hopeful new year! 🎄🍹
Stay safe and well! X
Good morning ladies, after a longish absence from the board. After yesterdays announcements I know that Cassie and Wildpurl will now be in Tier 4- and your YS as well Lovewine-and many of your Xmas plans may have to be rethought. We came out of Tier 3 last week and judging from the number of people in coffee shops yesterday, quite a few are making the most of it. We continue to be very cautious, and our Xmas plans were already limited to a cup of tea and a mincepie with YD and family, though now wondering whether that may now be with us sitting outside and watching the GCn open their presents through the window. There seems to be something of a cluster in their tiny community, and Covid in both the children’s schools- GS has been isolating for the past 10 days so we haven’t been going over there. Fortunately YD now seems to be quite a bit better, I guess the medication is at last doing its work, so we were not as worried about that as we would have been earlier. We have had some worries about ED, who came off her bike a couple of weeks ago, coming back from work, we don’t know why, because she has no memory of the incident or for around the 8 hours before and after, and there were no witnesses, she was just found and taken to A& E. She had a brain scan that night which fortunately was clear but has an appointment with a neurologist on Tuesday, who will hopefully say it is just concussion. She has been able to do a few hours work this past week and has a weeks leave anyway this week so hopefully after Xmas she will be able to get back to her normal work. Her main anxiety has been that she was due to do two weeks on a general ward just after Xmas and was concerned that she might not be able to cope, and make bad decisions. Fortunately it has now been agreed that she will not be doing this. It would be worrying enough ordinarily, but with Covid soaring in London now, the pressures on staff are again extraordinary.
Sorry to go on for so long. Hope everybody is staying safe and will be able to enjoy your Xmases, limited as they are going to be.
Hello ladies , hope you are all well and ready for Christmas - it will certainly be a different one this year that’s for sure , mum and dad have decided to stay at home after all and my elderly aunt is doing the same - we will deliver a Christmas dinner to both of their houses at least ! Dad should be getting the vaccine anytime as they rang from the surgery and asked if he wanted it and to expect it soon - mum is 4 months short of 80 and his carer but Isn’t in the first lot to be done .
whatever your plans ladies stay safe and well and enjoy your Christmas 🎄🎅🏻!!
Good morning ladies , glad you are all keeping well and your families too .
Rosie your plans for Christmas are the best you can get this year I think ☹️, you will of course miss your lovely family in France and hopefully it won’t be too long until you can see them in the new year 🤞. It will be lovely to see YS and DD even in these restrictive times .
We are having YS back for about 2 weeks over the Christmas holiday and ES and DIL for Christmas Day , mum and dad are going to my sisters but only for about 2 hours for their lunch ! My elderly aunt is staying on her own which I find very sad - but that’s what she wants to do , we will take her Christmas dinner down to her house 😪. We always go to my sisters in the afternoon and join my mum and dad , nieces etc but that’s out of the question now .
Joan I hope you managed to sort out your new laptop and you are not too full on with more work ! How is your YD now ? Will you be joining them for Christmas Day ?
Cassie you are a busy lady with your knitting projects - so good to have a hobby as there hasn’t been much else to do !
Wildpurl hope you are well .
We are meeting ES and DIL this morning for a canal side walk which will be nice but muddy ! We had so much rain Thursday and Friday parts of our area were flooded yesterday !
Enjoy the rest of the weekend ladies !
Good Afternoon ladies hope you are all keeping well?
Joan what a relief that ED is back at work! 😅 So sorry to hear about YD though and that you are having to be involved so much during the week. I do hope that you have managed to set up your laptop! Well done for finishing your research project!🤗
Hope OH is keeping well?
Lovewine hope OH enjoyed the experience of jury service?
Thank goodness your parents got their flu jab eventually! Will they be having the COVID vaccine? I hope your mum is bearing up.
Like you Lovewine I am not a lover of dark mornings and even less so of evenings! 🙄
Cassie it’s good to have some hobbies it sounds like you are being very productive with your knitting! Hope your family are keeping well.
Wildpurl hope all is well with you. Will you be seeing your son at Christmas?
DH was meant to go for colonoscopy on Thursday but they gave him an appointment at Redditch which is 45 mins away from here. He would have to have taken public transport as I haven’t driven in the UK for 10 years and haven’t driven at all since we left Cyprus last November! They wanted me to accompany him but understandably are not allowing anyone other than patients into the hospital so I would have to have waited outside for at least 2 hours! Redditch hospital is miles away from any civilisation! 😳 As Joan will know he couldn’t have possibly gone all that way on public transport after taking the pre medication! 🤦🏻♀️
Fortunately they managed to change it to Worcester next Thursday! I have ordered him a taxi and it will take less than 10 mins! I will then go on the bus later and bring him back in a taxi!
I dragged DH along on my walk this am as it was a sunny morning and we were lucky enough to catch sight of a kingfisher!😄 He was the other side of the river so we couldn’t get a decent photo of him.
I walked to town this afternoon as I wanted to get some charity Christmas cards from the Guild Hall. Town was very busy with some stalls in the high street pedestrian area. There was a good atmosphere though with some buskers dressed in Victorian costume. It was good to see a glimpse of normality and to be fair, most people did wear masks.
We have considered long and hard what to do about Christmas, clearly our French family are ruled out of the equation this year! 😢 We are taking the motorhome to Plymouth the weekend before Christmas, unless the tiers change, and staying on a site, DH will play golf with YS and we will have a meal in the evening with them.
We will then go home for a night and then go to a site in Yorkshire that is in tier 2 and wait there until Christmas Eve when we will be permitted to go to DD and family in tier 3. We will stay 2 nights on her drive in the motorhome and then return home before we must resume life in the tier system!😬
Let’s hope that the vaccine is rolled out quickly!
Stay well ladies!
Good Morning Ladies,
Sorry to hear about your poor dog Rosie. Glad your daughter is recovering Joan, it has been a long haul for so many but hopefully we can all see a light at the end of the tunnel now. I hope OH does not get too bored on jury service lovewine, I took knitting and a paper back when I had to go, it lasted a couple of weeks, it was very tiring traveling to Southwark crown court every day and listening to other jury members who could not make any decisions, when the case was very black and white.
I am on annual leave again this week its been a total yawn except for my hobbies and some online Christmas shopping, I am not sure I will get a delivery date for the groceries though, no luck so far.
The painting is about 2/3rds complete I cannot paint if the weather is dull or YD is working on the living room table so time is limited. The knitting project is coming along hat, bootees and half of the blanket are complete, I will finish then on to the little jacket, there is no rush as the baby is not due until spring.
ED has also sent me a link for knitting blankets for premature babies which they can then take home, I have ordered some multi coloured yarn which would not normally be my choice but the pattern is so plain that the recommend I felt it needed something to jazz it up.
Keep well ladies, back to work for me on Monday x
Good morning ladies , as you say Rosie I just can’t believe how quickly the time is passing !
Rosie I am so sorry to hear your lovely dog has passed away , I know how much she meant to you , it’s very hard losing a pet as we know sadly . What a good age though for a large dog in a hot climate .
my elderly dog is doing ok but at 14 years old I am also trying to prepare for the day when she sadly leaves us 😪.
I enjoy your daily photos and the riverside goings on !
Joan I am sorry to hear your YD is struggling , it’s very difficult at the moment in so many ways - what an awful year . Good news though your ED is well and negative .
YS has regular covid tests working at imperial college and has always been negative and ES had a test last week as a department in his workplace had several cases , he was negative too thank goodness .
OH starts jury service next Monday which will be an experience ! He could be doing it for a day or several weeks so we shall see !
my dad is very very slowly improving but I don’t think he will recover his previous health after the 2 operations he had in the summer - he still can’t walk unaided and has the district nurse several times a week - mum and dad both had a flu jab finally last week - a separate nurse came to the house to do it !
Cassie and Wildpurl I hope you and your families are well .
I better take my dogs out now - it’s not very appealing in the dark and cold winter mornings ☹️!
Take care ladies 💐 x
Just a quick update. ED now fully recovered from Covid, back at work tomorrow and her partner, amazingly, didnt catch it. Life pretty busy here, YD very fragile so still going over there every weekday and trying to fit work on around it. Got my big research report finished today so it will go off tomorrow and have treated myself to a decent laptop so I can work from YDs when necessary. Only just plucked up enough courage to take it out of the box, I’m not very confident about setting up but it will have to be faced.
Hope you and your families are all well ladies and coping with this second lockdown.
The days seem to turn into weeks which change into months and gradually this surreal year is drawing to a close! 🤦🏻♀️
Cassie did you finish your painting by numbers and your knitting? It’s good to have a project on the go. Hope the family are all well?
Lovewine how is your elderly dog now? Have you got any projects on the go?
Hopefully work will pick up for you in December.🤔 I do hope that your parents managed to get their flu vaccine?
Wildpurl I am glad you got away to Scotland and enjoyed good weather! It sounds that working at home and only one day in the office is perfect for you!
Joan indeed it is good news that a vaccine is soon to be available!
Glad to hear that YD is beginning to show signs of recovery it must be a huge strain on SIL and you and OH supporting the grandchildren!m
Sorry to hear about ED but as you say at least her symptoms are mild and hopefully her partner will steer clear of the virus!
Gosh I wouldn’t fancy a colonoscopy without sedation, you were very brave!😬🙀
We had the very sad news that our dog in Cyprus, that our landlady took on has died! 😢 She was 10.5 years which in the Cyprus climate is a good age for a large black dog. She wasn’t ill and passed away peacefully. Needless to say it has upset us both. Particularly me, as she was my companion during the cancer journey! Also I have never stopped feeling guilty and thinking about her most days, having to let her go was painful, although I know it was the best thing for her! I had left part of my heart in Cyprus!💔😥
YS’s youngest daughter who is 13, has had to self isolate for the second time! She was feeling unwell last week so DIL took her for a test but thankfully she tested negative!
GD in Newcastle has also spent 2 weeks self isolating!
Let’s hope that the vaccine will work and we can get back to a more normal life in the spring!
Love to you all, x
Good news that a vaccine is on its way. Hope people don’t go mad and ignore all the protective measures we need to continue with until the whole population are clearly protected. Indeed I think it is even more necessary now, it would be terrible for even more people to die when there is, at last, light at the end of this particular tunnel. And what a relief that Biden got in. Just hoping Trump doesn’t do anything awful before he is inaugurated, even if he cant bring himself to give in gracefully.
On the home front life has been challenging largely because of younger daughter’s illness, but she seems to be on an upward trajectory although there’s a long way to go. As if that wasn’t enough our other daughter tested positive for Covid 9 days ago having caught it, as did several others staff and patients, from a patient. Fortunately her symptoms have been fairly mild, the worst seems to be fatigue. Also fortunately, her partner, who is diabetic, does not seem to have succumbed yet, so we keep our fingers crossed. I had a colonoscopy last week, which thankfully showed no recurrence of the bowel cancer. It is not an experience I wish to repeat, though, since I wasn’t able to have sedation, for reasons I won’t go into. I have written to my surgeon, who didn’t do the procedure, not to complain but to suggest a couple of ways in which the process could be changed, so that other patients don’t have the same experience.
Lovely to hear from you Wildpurl. Are you still able to go into work once a week or has that stopped because of lockdown. I expect the gym has stopped.
Great that some of you ladies managed a holiday before we were locked down again, although what a shame about the weather on yours Lovewine, and your dog’s infection. I hope you enjoyed your week off Cassie, even though you weren’t going away. Loving your photos Rosie.
Look after yourselves, ladies
Good afternoon ladies , hope you are all well and coping yet again with the new restrictions about to begin☹️.
Rosie looks like you had a good trip last week , I enjoyed your photos as always ! I suppose that will be it for a while 🤔, hopefully you will be able to continue shortly .
I am watching the U.S election and finding it quite fascinating , can’t believe it’s so close after all !
Wildpurl lovely to hear from you , you sound busy with your knitting projects and work etc .
Joan hope all is well with you and your family and Cassie too ?
I think this lockdown people are feeling much more despondent about it all / certainly the people I know are , the winter months don’t help either !
I continue to be very quiet with work ☹️- I can’t see it getting better any time soon really .
stay safe ladies .
Hi everyone, I can’t remember when I last posted but have been catching up with posts from time to time. I’m sorry to hear about the family concerns some of you have had, the trouble is that anxiety is higher than usual because of the uncertainty and the restrictions and then to have family worries on top of that is very difficult.
I am glad you managed to see your family and have some trips in the motorhome rosie.
we went on a week's holiday in Scotland in September and although we could not visit family in their houses because of new restrictions we were lucky enough to have great weather and went walking with family and on our own. We stayed in a premier inn and had a big breakfast every day then either ate in the restaurant or bought sandwiches from Tesco’s in the evening. We had a lovely break, I am glad we decided to go, as it would be impossible now.
i am still working from home and going into the office once a week, it is the best of both worlds really. The office is very quiet, so I don’t feel the risk is very high at all.
we are walking every weekend still and I am still able to go to the gym so have something of a routine. I’m still knitting and have knitted a few warm sweaters as it is colder at home than working in the office.
we are just living quietly from day to day, I think we are very lucky as our situation is not too bad compared with many.
sending hugs to you all
Hello ladies - pretty much the same here too! Just plodding along trying to make the best of things .. my work is still at half and I think it will be the same for a while sadly .
we had our trip to Norfolk as our Wales holiday was cancelled - wasn’t that great as it rained the entire time so consequently my elderly dog got a nasty urine infection so we returned home slightly earlier and then had a large vets bill for antibiotics for her !
Rosie glad you enjoyed your trip - lovely photos ! And so nice to see DD and family , have a lovely time down at Plymouth - I think it’s going to be a long winter ☹️!
Joan and Wildpurl I hope all is well with you snd your families .
Cassie enjoy the rest of your week off - at least you have plenty to keep you occupied !
All the same here nothing to report except YD has gone to Corfu for a few days, she is so bored with working from home since March. I can't say I blame her originally she was booked for Tuscany but the restrictions changed so the day before departure it was all change. We are still trying to live as normal a life as possible just like everyone else I guess. I hope everyone is baring up, I am on leave this week because I need to use up my holiday entitlement nothing planned but have met up with ED for a walk in the park and lunch, I will be seeing her and GS on Friday. YB is due for dinner tomorrow so that should keep me out of trouble. I have started a paint by numbers kit which is coming along and may start some knitting at some point one of the GP's is expecting.
Hello ladies I hope that this finds you and your families well. It is several weeks since we have heard from Cassie or Wildpurl!
We had a very pleasant trip to the North and managed to see DD briefly on the way back!
The weather was very kind to us and we did a lot of walking which sadly doesn’t seem to have reduced the waistline! 😔
We are hopefully off again on Friday down to Plymouth to see YS and family! 😀
From here we are taking advantage of an end of season 3 nights and ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight! We have motorhome friends there!
This is our last planned trip of the year as everything is still very much up in the air and a lot of campsites closed for the winter!
We were both due to go to Cyprus early November but have postponed until January.
Lovewine I do hope that your dad is making good progress! 😏
Obviously none of us can make any plans for Christmas. I am very doubtful that ES and family will be able to get to England until next year!😒 I am just so thankful for the week we were able to spend with them in September!
Joan I do hope that your YD is in a better emotional state? Also that ED is keeping well on the frontline.
Great News Joan! 😄😅
Lovewine we are off to the stormy Yorkshire tomorrow on our way North!
Let’s hope our journeys go well and that the weather will improve! 😏
Great News Joan! 😄😅
Lovewine we are off to the stormy Yorkshire tomorrow on our way North!
Let’s hope our journeys go well and that the weather will improve! 😏
Joan that’s good news about YD , what a relief ! I hope things improve for the family - it’s all such a worry with jobs etc at the moment and of course with all the pressure that brings .. can’t remember if I mentioned but OHs company he works for have made redundancies - they supply the car industry and that’s not good at the moment , with Covid and brexit it’s a disaster .Joan you asked about my drop in work - it’s a combination of a lot of people working from home so therefore not sending the awful double cuff work shirts ! And also people not going out as much socialising or having visitors - so not as much bedlinen !
we are off to stormy Norfolk shortly !!
Joan I am so sorry that your YD is still awaiting her test results for something that affects the whole family! I sincerely hope that it is not Positive and you can get on with your lives. Sorry to hear that she has also suffered a psychological meltdown and that SIL is trying to manage a new job. It certainly sounds like you have had your hands full! 😔
Keep us posted!
what a shame about your trip to Wales, Lovewine but how lucky that your friend was able to offer her chalet, and in a lovely area too, so you will have at least a few days break. I’m sorry that your dad is not yet back on an even keel but good that the wound is healing, that can be such a worry. Do you know your business hasnt picked up more, is it because people have been furloughed so they have more time to do their own ironing, or is it more about cutting back on outgoings?
Rosie, you must be relieved your quarantine is nearly over. What a shame that you will be restricted in seeing your family in the north east, but the rates of infection there are scary. I dont think my brother and SIL will be worried about not being able to meet people in the pub, or the early closing, but they are very upset about not being able to see their young grandchildren, who they usually see frequently.
We are currently in self imposed isolation - I have no idea why the typeface is now different- waiting for YD to get her test results back. I do t think she has covid, its more likely a nasty cold but she has had a cough for a few days and was running a temperature on Saturday so had a test on Sunday morning. She was told it would be back within 24 to 48 hours, but of course it isnt. So the children are off school, and her husband off work, which is worrying considering its a new job and also, he recently discovered, a zero hours contract, so hoping the test result comes through soon, and of course that its negative. We are isolating because we had a lot of contact with YD last week. Unfortunately she’s had a bit of a psychological meltdown so is signed off work, and we have been going over there every weekday. Although we have been as careful as possible, sanitising etc, social distancing has not been easy. So if she has it odds on we will too. However there is no way we could have done differently. So keep your fingers crossed for us ladies.
Thanks Rosie ! It will be just nice to get away 😲! I really hope your trip isn’t cancelled either 🤞!
Lovewine I am so sorry that your trip has been cancelled but glad that you have an alternative! I keep waiting for the camp sites to be closed! The rules are very strict around Newcastle and households won’t be able to meet in any settings!🤦🏻♀️😬
At least it’s a positive that your dad’s operation sites are at last healing at last!
Have a much needed rest in Cromer!
Hello ladies , well I am very disappointed - my much looked forward to trip to the Gower was cancelled over the weekend ☹️.. I spent most of the time yesterday trying to find somewhere else to stay in Norfolk or Suffolk which so far seems to be fairly ok to book ! Had no luck at all until a friend of mine offered her chalet in Cromer for just £100 for 3 nights ! It’s a bit basic but I don’t care- looks over the sea and it’s surrounded by woodland and we can take the dogs 👍🐶🐶- so South Wales will have to be next year I hope !
my dad continues to be a worry , some days he’s very much improved and the next he’s back to the start again , he has the district nurse still several times a week but she seems happy with the healing of the operation sites at least .
Rosie I think it must be very challenging self isolating for 14 days , but at least you have another trip to plan for and look forward too which I’m sure really helps ! What an awful year it’s been and still no end in sight .☹️
Joan I hope you are well and able to get out and about a bit too .
Cassie have you had any recent trips ? I expect work is very busy for you at the moment .
Wildpurl i expect you are continuing to work from home ?
I am still at half capacity with my business , I think it’s going to take a long time if ever to recover to be honest ☹️.
Take care ladies !
Good Afternoon ladies,
I hope this finds you all well! ?
Lovewine I do hope that your dad is continuing to make steady progress and that your mum is feeling stronger.
I am hoping that your Gower holiday will still be able to go ahead with so much of Wales having extra restrictions! ? Life is getting very difficult to plan anything without the knowledge that it is more than likely to get cancelled! ?
Lovely photograph by the way of ES and DIL! ?
We are hopefully going to be able to go ahead with our Northumberland/ Edinburgh trip on Saturday! I have booked online tickets for Edinburgh Zoo and a Whisky Factory as we can get a bus from near the campsite!
DD has had 3 members of staff that have tested positive the whole of Year 3 was sent home on Friday!? When I spoke to her yesterday I said we will get to see you somehow on the way home. The rules don’t allow us to go to her house or meet in an outside space- she said, “just come to school mum anybody can come in! “ Her head is allowing parents to enter the building without masks! ?
Last week the school were my sister works sent all Year7 home as a pupil had tested positive! She had been doing supply in that year on Monday! She was on tenterhooks all week as my niece was getting married on Saturday!
It was done under strict COVID regulations and everyone had to wear a mask with the exception of the bride and groom. There was no reception afterwards!? She is planning a church blessing and a reception in May next year! My sister said if anyone broke the rules the wedding would be illegal! She was too scared to take a photograph on her phone! ?
They were allowed a photographer, who was her late best childhood friend’s husband. Not much of an album with the guests masked! 😷😷🤦🏻♀️
Joan glad you got to meet up with your friends in Devon!
We are now on day 10 of quarantine and it has felt like along time since we left France! ?
The Amazon deliveries have dropped off a little! I added to it a little and got myself another 1000 piece puzzle to get me through this week and even ordered a Dennis the Menace, men’s size, tee shirt for ES who was a great fan for a Christmas present!?
We have used Click and Collect for our weekly shopping. DH has gone alone to collect it.
You gave me a bit of a shock with this photo, Lovewine, I thought it was ES son’s wedding and that I had completely missed/forgotten about it!!! What a shame that the number of guests had to be so small, but they must be so pleased that it happened at last. Sorry to hear that your dads recovery is being quite slow, very stressful for you all. Hope things start to improve. Great that you have a holiday to look forward too, you certainly need it. Hope the weather will be kind to you.
Rosie, hope the quarantine isnt too arduous but it was clearly worth it to see your family in France and have a lovely holiday. How are you proposing to keep yourselves occupied. What about groceries? Hope the Amazon deliveries slow down. Hope your niece’s ceremony goes ahead on Saturday and that you get to see your daughter on your northern trip. We have family in the north east as well. My SIL is naturally upset about not being able to see her grandchildren, but equally, they have increasingly concerned about people not behaving sensibly.
We had a lovely day on Saturday, visiting friends in Devon we havent seen for a year. The way things are going it may be another year before we see them again. Starting to get worried again about ED, who is likely to be back on the frontline again if there is a surge in hospital admissions. Things are just so uncertain for us all at the moment.
Good morning ladies , Rosie so glad you made it to France and spent time with your family ! Did you get a bike for GS ? I saw some of your photos on FB and he looks a lovely little boy ! The weather has been very nice and hopefully will last a little longer - we are off to the Gower in South Wales in just under 2 weeks - so looking forward to it 😊.
Its been and continues to be quite stressful with Dad at the moment - he is recovering slowly but it’s taking its toll on mum who was also unwell last week with her diverticulitis mainly through stress . I think it’s going to take quite a while to see much improvement in dad - but keeping hopeful anyway .
YS came home for a few days and then returned to Dorset for a small break after his holiday to Croatia was cancelled . ES and DIL had a family wedding last week which was only parents , grandparents and siblings , it was my DILs sister , this was their 3rd attempt at the wedding since April !
We are busy in the garden at the moment - and the tedious task of painting fence panels 😬!
Rosie I hope the time goes quickly for your quarantine-I think you may well run out of space for all of DHs purchases 🤣!!
I hope everyone is well .
Good Afternoon ladies!
I do hope you are all Ok?🤔
Lovewine, hopefully your dad is now home and making a good recovery?
It has been such a difficult journey for you and the family.
We returned from France 2 days ago and now have to keep ourselves to ourselves for 14 days!
We don’t regret going it was lovely to spend quality time with ES and family and the weather was superb! I celebrated a Milestone birthday whist we were there!🤦🏻♀️
Our next next journey should be to Northumberland, Edinburgh and finally calling at Newcastle to see DD and family. But of course they have just been put into a local set of restrictions and the media aren’t painting a very rosy picture for the rest of us!🥴
My niece is getting married, hopefully on Saturday! They have had to cancel the church celebration and reception until May next year!🙄 They can only have a civil ceremony and even that could get cancelled if we are put into a national lockdown!
We feel like prisoners in our own home again. DH had a pile of Amazon boxes arrive yesterday that made me gasp when I opened the door!🙀 He said it was all stuff he needed as he couldn’t go to the shops to buy it. Such as toilet and drain cleaner, water purification tablets, plastic shelving and groundsheet pegs for the motorhome oh and some pannier baskets for his bike as he had to cycle to the local Intermarche as it was too far to walk and he struggled back balancing the shopping! Mostly due to the fact he always purchased extra items!🙄
Hope you have all been enjoying the recent spell of good weather before Autumn arrives!
That is such good news Lovewine. What a relief for you and your mum. You must have been on tenterhooks.