Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Dentist day and my new toy.

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.

The rhododendron is a bit pot bound and droopy looking. 
I gave it a good water and topped it up with some compost. It may be diseased but I didn’t have the strength to pull it out of the pot to look at the roots. I will do it at the weekend. 

Back in 1981 when I got married I had a kenwood chef mixer. It finally gave up on me after 30 years. For the last 10 years or so I have had hand mixers.

I have got through quite a few so decided the time had come to have a decent mixer again.
They still look quite bulky but the technology has changed. My old mixer never got to the sides of the bowl and I always had to scrape around  with a spatula to get the unmixed bits. This one tilts as it rotates to get to all areas in the bowl. I just put all ingredients in and pressed go. No skill required. 
I had to taste it to see if it was ok. Cake is soft enough for me to eat without pain so I enjoyed a slice for an afternoon treat.

I am pleased with my purchase. I think it will be well used. I’m hoping to start bread making again . I also had to replace the garden hose as it split last year. That is enough spending for now. 

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

Waiting for Wednesday

 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.

I spent a Thompson and Morgan garden gift voucher back in January. My babies have finally arrived. I chose an olive tree and a hardy banana.
I am trying some more exotic plants in the garden this year. My friend  has a tropical garden nearby. She and her husband tend it together and their hobby has grown into something really special. If you have Facebook they have a page at oxfordshire tropical gardens.. It is worth a look. When you walk into the garden it could be an exotic holiday location. It is just a normal sized urban garden .Amazing. 

Mother’s Day saw some lovely things being dropped off. I have a Monty Don gardening book,
That arrived Saturday evening through the letterbox. Made me jump as it landed  on the doormat. I also had  a selection of convent garden soups. A thoughtful present as I can’t chew anything much

and I’m living on soup. I usually make my own but have not been bothered this week.

A new Emma Bridgewater mug was dropped off with some scones jam and cream.

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.

I have a fleeting sadness each Mother’s Day when I see four cards on the fireplace where there used to be five. 
Steve always came up trumps on Mother’s Day with the most humorous card and thoughtful gift. He was with me in spirit.
The sun is peeping out so time to get outside. I have a grapevine in a pot that needs to go in the garden. Apparently this is the best time when they are dormant. Hopefully it will survive. Take care bloglanders. Back soon hopefully pain free and more cheerful.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

A little spend.

 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

Where smooth waters glide.

 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 sun was out but the thermometer in the car said 5 C. Another woolly hat day. No boats or people around. Like last week, just the odd fisherman and we met one family walking their dogs.

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

A mile or two in my shoes.

 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.

West into the village
Up the hill and through the churchyard.

Looking back north, the sky looked a bit dark and threatening. Across the field where I can look left and see my house.

Looking forward I can see the clump of trees and Faringdon folly. That is the other side of the Thames and as far south as the Cotswolds go.
Turning right across more field s and looking west.
Back north towards the village.the pond looked cold. No paddling children around today. The water here is always very clear and shallow.
Back home and warmed up with a nice cuppa.

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.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Back in the bubble.

 I haven’t seen any of the grandchildren since Christmas. Well actually I see them most days on a screen but it isn’t the same. D in Law has come to the end of her maternity leave and is going back to work for two days a week. Daddy will do one day and I will do the other.  Because I have been shielding due to my parents needing help, they have dutifully kept right  away physically speaking. My Mum and Dad are now 3 weeks on from their jabs. With having mine as well I’m feeling ready for nanny duty once again. Little lady came for a little visit yesterday. I scooped her up and she looked at me as if to say wow!,you are a lot bigger than I expected. No smiles at first, but after a long stare she whipped my glasses off and we were friends.

She likes to get around now so my next job is to childproof the area. After not having little ones in for a while there are things at ground level such as the coal bucket and logs. That would be interesting if she got hold of the coal. She likes to taste any objects she finds lying around so I will have to be on my guard. 

Jobs for today will be repotting and planting . I pulled off some bits from a bunch of red carnations. I will pot up these. There are already some tiny roots emerging.

Can you tell these are fake? They are for Steves resting place. He has snowdrops at the moments so he needs a Spring upgrade. I don’t like the idea of them going into landfill but I think if I’m careful I could get a few years Springs out of them. So much tidier. Some people haven’t removed the Christmas wreaths from some graves. I don’t like to see the decay. I like bright and cheerful.
I think they look pretty convincing from a distance.

The fog is lifting so gardening shoes and woolly hat on. I won’t be recycling my old jeans for plant pots. I do like the idea of unique planters though.