I had three hospital appointments last week – MRI and other tests all clear mercifully, just a diagnosis of osteoarthiritis in my hip, exacerbated by the chemo, but hey, I can still walk and run without pain, so not complaining!
Two busy days at work, and something of a nightmare – for 24 hours at least – regarding the house purchase! But… all these things came along when I was rested and at least half a stone heavier, having spent a fabulous long weekend with my girlfriends in deepest Herefordshire!
I borrowed Colin's car – nicknamed the Venga Bus – and we managed to squeeze in six women, an unbelieveably high number of cases and bags, and additional coats and walking boots! I was a little worried about the tyre pressure under all that weight, but Colin had sorted it for us, so all was well…
(between you and me, the same could not be said for my own car, when yesterday I noticed that although 'low profile' my back tyre seemed a little too close to the tarmac! I had been driving on 15 psi rather than the 44 psi recommended by the manufacturer!! Oooops :/ )
This year we'd chosen a larger property to rent, as it was in celebration of almost all of us being 50 or over!
There was a hot tub, tandems to ride, a Games Room, and a huge kitchen/diner. The sitting room was beautiful and boasted an open fire which I took upon myself to light each night… it was a tad smokey though!!
We arrived around 4pm, and by 4.15pm we were all in our pyjamas with a glass of fizz, toasting our excellent choice of holiday home After a couple of glasses we decided to try out the hot tub, and although I have submerged myself in one before, it's only ever been in the summer.
To head outside in a bathing costume, when there is more than a nip of frost in the air, is something else! However, the hot water was fab, and as you can see, we all enjoyed it :)
Walking back to the house though in wet cossies and minus 2 temperatures was a little less fun!
The next day was grey and dismal, so we decided to walk to the local Cider Press which was about a mile away. Here are the girls BEFORE the tasting session… ! No, we were all very abstemious (difficult not to be when the samples were sensibly served in thimble sized cups), and having made our choices, we set off home, each clutching a bottle of medium dry!
We had our lunch washed down with the cider, and it was delicious – so much so that we decided to return there the following day and buy a box to take home
Over the next few days we went on some more long walks, visited Ludlow – which was beautiful albeit freezing cold – and even had a go on the tandems! What a business!! Deb filmed Suz and I setting off, and miraculously returning in one piece, but I thought it was terrifying, maybe because I was on the back!
Not only did we have to negotiate a gravel drive, but also a cattle grid! I would have prayed if I had felt brave enough to take my hands off the handle bars Unlike riding a 'normal' bike, you feel completely out of control, and ridiculously high up! It's not something I'd do again, but did feel rather foolish when I watched this little bit of film back – hope it makes you laugh
The Games room consisted of table tennis and pool tables, but it was bloomin' chilly in there, so we spent the rest of the time reading all the gossipy magazines and catching up on the lives of our collective 18 children!
Just miles and miles of countryside dotted with the golden brown colours of the autumn leaves… beautiful. But then it's equally beautiful here at home, and I managed to get this incredible photo of the evening sky at sunset… looks like molten lava doesn't it?! (top pic)
Up until Thursday I was honestly believing that my cosy cottage would remain my home for the forseeable future, as an issue regarding the Land Registry and title of the property we're hoping to buy put the brakes on us exchanging contracts… It transpires that a part of the garden was bought by the vendors some years back and is held under a different document, but that document wasn't with our solicitor, and they are still searching for it!
All things being even though we should hopefully have exchanged and completed by the end of the month, and so I shall have to start searching the internet for removal companies!!
How's your Christmas shopping going? I was with Caroline from Liz Earle on Friday, and had just found out that it was one of only five Fridays left before the big day!! I have collected some presents already, but am going to have to be really clear when labelling boxes for removal otherwise I could lose them!
I do hope all is well in your world, and that you will have had a lovely weekend.
Take care and I look forward to hearing your news, with my love, as always, Ali xxxxx