Monday, 19 April 2021
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
2 degrees C and we went on an Easter Monday walk. We drove to the Jubilee gardens in nearby Shipton under Wychwood. We were the only people there. Even the ducks were hiding somewhere out of the icy wind.. A big change from the warm sun on Easter Sunday.
We have had little garden visitors and it has been good to see people sitting in the garden over the weekend.
We inherited a roll of bamboo screening so Diamond Dave put it up. I did some weeding with my warm coat and hat on.
The solar lights are giving a vague light. Some nothing at all. I ordered some solar rechargeable batteries so I hope I can save them from landfill. The string lights are the problem. They don’t seem to last. The glass globe garden lights have kept going for years.
Today is shopping day for the elderlies. I am no longer doing click and collect. I will go in and out the shops as fast as I can. My mum does a list and I add to it what I know she needs. I don’t want to take her independence away completely. I make light of the things she forgets. I don’t think she will ever shop for herself and Dad again. She is set in her ways and likes things from different shops. I have had to get her out of that habit. I only do one shop per week. It might be Aldi one week or Morrison’s or Asda the following. She’s getting used to it. Asda prices are really good so I don’t get too much opposition.
The Caravan and Motorhome club sites open on the 12 th April. I booked some dates months ago but sadly won’t be going anywhere. The sites are open but the facilities not until May 17 th. Our old van has a shower and water heater but it would be a big task to clean and fill just for the odd night. We have a portable toilet but I would rather use club facilities for the unmentionable calls of nature. That’s us grounded for a while longer. Some warmer weather would be good but looking at the forecast there is nothing on the way. A big change from this time last year where we were in our summer clothes and wall to wall sunshine everyday. Going out will be worth the wait.
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
I had the first part of a root canal today. It wasn’t too traumatic but now the anaesthetic has worn off. It is aching again. The dentist said it should settle down in a day or two. I hope he is right.
It has been warmer today and the camellia is finally in flower.
I have got through quite a few so decided the time had come to have a decent mixer again.
Diamond Dave has been investigating a leak under Vera the van. It seems to be the radiator hose has perished. I need to get inside and check everything is working. One of the hobs doesn’t stay lit so we need to fix that. I can hardly believe that in a few weeks we can have our first trip out. It seems so long ago since we went anywhere. What a year it has been.
Friday, 19 March 2021
Wednesday will be the date of my root canal attempt. I say attempt as I’m not confident it will work for long. The more I googled Alendronic Acid that I take as part of cancer treatment, the more I am dismayed that my teeth may cause me trouble. I understand why I am taking it. The anti hormone treatment is eating away at my bones and it helps prevent breast cancer moving in to my bones. There are probably more reasons to have it than not. I have come to realise over the last week that tooth and jaw pain seriously interfere with quality of life. I don’t want to face that in the future either. On paper, the risk of jaw problems is low overall, but on closer scrutiny it is high for my circumstances and age. It is all a balancing act to stay well sometimes. Ibuprofen and paracetamol are my new best friends. Rant over. It is what it is.
I have been trying to entice some little birds into my garden. All I get is pigeons, and huge greedy birds. Even baby red kites have been known to come and see what they can get. These fiesty birds were fighting over a fat ball which ended up all over the ground. The little birds are keeping out of their way.
and I’m living on soup. I usually make my own but have not been bothered this week.
A beautiful huge bunch of pink tulips. They are drooping a bit now but I put them in the front window to bring some Spring cheer to the passers by.
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Now I have had my first vaccination I’m getting a bit reckless. Instead of a Morrison’s click and collect this week, I went in the shop with my list. On paying, I received a £5 voucher. Well, that burned a hole in my purse because as soon as I had loaded the shopping in the car I went back in! Twice in one day. I bought 2 packs of primula for £6.
I had a pound coin in my pocket that I always keep for a trolley and the £5 voucher.What a difference a bit of colour makes.
I dotted them around and felt is was money well spent.
Almost a year ago I had tooth trouble with no sniff of a dentist during lockdown. That got resolved eventually. Now it’s a different tooth but this time I did get to the dentist. I have a cracked tooth and much pain. I thought he might do something to take the pain away but he couldn’t see any significant infection so no antibiotics I will get a root canal treatment in 12 days.It already feels like it will be the longest 12 days of my life. Because I am on alendronic acid for brittle bones he has also referred me to the hospital as I may need to have the tooth out sooner than later. I asked will the root canal take the pain away? His reply. Mmm, maybe, it should do. Might be better to think about an extraction, but I can’t do that for you here. So with COVID I could have a precarious tooth situation for a while. I don’t think urgent appointment means urgent at the moment. I just yearn for a simpler life.
Sunday, 7 March 2021
Yes, it was down to the river again. This time a little further upstream. I needed some compost so we drove to a local garden centre a few miles away. My local garden centre is Burford Garden Company just a mile down the road. You have to be wealthy to shop there. Just a few yards from the garden centre we went to, is tadpole bridge over the Thames. We parked outside the pub and took the Thames path to Rushey Lock.
The river was calm and still. I could just about see a reflection of clouds in the water.
We didn’t see any swans today but some geese were basking in the sun on the bank.
It was certainly bracing. The air has a real nip to it. I did 14000 steps on my fitbit watch. Hoping our next walk will be a bit warmer.
Saturday, 6 March 2021
It was late afternoon before we got out for a walk. The best of the sunshine had gone. We headed north across the stony field. I am amazed that anything grows amongst the Cotswold stone but soon it will be a different picture.
This sunset was taken out of my window looking over where we had just been.
It was pleasantly dry underfoot today so no muddy boots to clean.
It feels a bit strange but furlough ends for me and it is back to work on Monday. I’m hoping that schools opening won’t cause another spike in COVID infections, time will tell. It will have been 12 days since my vaccine when I go to work. Hopefully some immunity is building up. Diamond Dave has booked his vaccine. He has to go to Oxford to the football ground there. It is a main vaccine centre for the area. April 12 th when things start to open up still feels a long way off. It will be lovely to get out and about again. I’m hoping nothing goes wrong and these new COVID variants are kept in check.