How are you doing? Thanks for keeping me in touch with everything, and as promised here's an update for you, oh and a few photos too
The weekend before last was the long awaited break for me and my 'village' girlfriends to spend away – well one of the two that we treat ourselves to during the year.
Having booked back in November, it was a lucky break that we were going earlier this year, as it fitted in perfectly with my treatment dates and me feeling better and more mobile We'd also all agreed on a place a little closer to home, so far less of a drive than our usual Hay on Wye, but equally beautiful.
The weather was incredible, and so we had lunch on arrival at a local pub, and then made our merry way back to our rambling rented residence. It even had a small water fountain in the back garden, which was put to very good use the second evening we were there!
Having devoured a fab curry that night, and then adjourned to the sitting room to sweat it out in mighty temperatures thanks to Sue's open fire making capabilities, we decided a bit of fresh air was needed. So opened the windows to reveal the perfect garden pond, complete with fountain! All that was required was to put a few boats upon the water, and all would be well in our world.
I tell you, Julie and Sue's paper-folding skills would have put even our Dawn Bibby to shame, and my suggestion of putting birthday candles on top of the sails was enthusiastically received. Probably more so than the slightly less romantic, but more practical one of lining the bottom of each boat with a Tena Lady…
That aside, before long we were testing wind direction and as you can see from the picture not only did our boats sail, but they lit up the sky with their individual lighted candles Small pleasures eh? The photo of all of us was taken under intense stress – and hilarity – on a timer that kept misfiring I'm the one on the end with the short hair, easier to style, then less to fall out, which helps.
Not feeling too shabby and was very cheered to have a visit from Suzi B, who LOVED my "quaint" English cottage, as I knew she would I had managed though; prior to picking her from the station, to muddle my hospital appointments up, so arrived and was not expected! On the way back I got a flat tyre, so poor Suzi had to get a taxi and meet me at the garage – good job she's a seasoned traveller!
We had Sam's birthday last week too – 22 years old now. We had all planned to celebrate on the Monday, but he and Ruth were both poorly so the following night I took him, Ruth and Jack to Nando's (Lucy sadly couldn't make it that night), but they had a 'proper' party last night with a whole heap of friends around to their flat. I stayed in with Lucy and watched a lovely film, which was far less exhausting
Now that the various anaesthetics have worn off I do have more energy and have taken to walking the beautiful tracks and roads around the cottage, which is where I saw these stunning violets just the other day – a true sign that spring, nay even summer, is well on its way. Enjoy – and thanks to all those of you who are with me on my way through the seasons this year – your lovely words and the pictures you paint of your lives are a perfect way to keep in touch.
love Ali xx