Hello there, hope this finds you well and enjoying our few fleeting and precious moments of summer weather. Can't believe July has almost gone, and after huge excitement yesterday believing that I only had two more treatments left, I realised I had miscalculated and there are three!
However, all was not lost as I did receive a fascinating leaflet through the post entitled 'Important Legal Changes to the Ownership of your Sewers'!
Believing myself to have been specifically chosen to receive this noteworthy legal document, I texted Kathy Tayler (she likes to be kept in the loop) who – as gently as she could – explained that she too had received the same document so I was clearly not alone..!
No doubt there are many of you reading this who may now ALSO be a fountain of knowledge when it comes to private sewers and lateral drains, and so I'm sure you'll have technical insight when I tell you of a recent evening out…
With Lucy and Richard's wedding only two months and three weeks away, we had organised an evening with Richard's parents. They were very kindly providing supper and Richard decently picked us up and drove us there.
Colin and I had met them before but this was our first 'official visit', so you can imagine my horror when at 2pm I had to rush to the loo with an upset tummy and then made many visits again before 6pm… I didn't feel poorly inbetween, just a bit dehydrated, and I put it down to the antibiotics I was on for my cough and ulcers.
However, I was obviously a little nervous about being away from home and my own loo! I hadn't needed to visit the little girl's room for over an hour by the time Lucy and Rich arrived, so I quietly explained to her how I'd been (and how many times!) and we agreed that as long as I felt OK, we could always go home at any time should we need to.
So you can imagine my horror when we were greeted on the drive by Rich's dad, who informed us immediately that although it was lovely to have us there, we wouldn't be able to use their toilets at all because they had a 'problem' and they were waiting for the 'Drain Man' to come!
I think I must have gone a rather strange shade of pale at that point because we were ushered in and I was offered a glass of wine immediately! However I was too worried to drink it in case I needed to go to the loo!!
All that being said, my tummy behaved in an exemplary fashion and when the 'Drain Man' did eventually arrive, the problem was cleared up in around 10 minutes. Lucy, Colin and I breathed a sigh of relief which was replaced by hysterical laughter from Lucy when she read the sign on the man's van which read 'Drain Clearing and CCTV Services' – "Imagine watching that footage back?" she wheezed…
My new walking partner
Enough about poo I hear you cry, so I will move on and introduce you to my new walking partner Nina Isn't she beautiful? She belongs to my neighbour, and has been my incentive on many occasions in the last few months when I've struggled to get out for my daily walk.
We'd been doing really well until this blooming numb hands and feet thing started last week with the Taxol as I've not been able to hold her lead. I'm hoping it will lessen a little this week as I miss her panting and drooling – there's only me doing that now…
I have to admit to doing a lot less these days as I'm getting more and more tired, but I did manage to build a three brick high compost heap in the garden! No mortar required just stacking and I only carried three bricks at a time too so I didn't wear myself out.
I'd done it to stop the rats getting into the rather small log enclosed compost heap which I'd made some months back with Ros. I put two large slates over the top of the contents and held them down with a spare brick, but was livid to move them yesterday and to see a very well fed rat leap out over the brick wall. There are now four bricks on top of the slate – wish me luck!
One final thing to mention is that following on from Marg's suggestion to get prints made up of my poppies photo to sell on Breast Cancer Care night, I'm going to talk with a friend of Colin's who runs a gallery and may well be able to help.
So glad it gave so many of you pleasure and it would be nice to think I could do something useful with it too – thanks again Marg :)
I hope if you've got a summer holiday planned now the children are home from school that you have a wonderful time, or if you're going to 'Stopatome' like me then the sun will shine for you.
Take care and as always thank you for the beautiful cards you send me and for your entertaining, insightful and downright lovely comments you continually post here – they mean so much. Until next time…
Love Ali xx