October (1)

October 1st

What a lovely day suns out, cold wind but that hopefully will help my headache. I got up a bit later, 10-00am today as bed late last night, well early morning to be right around 6-00am.
Good walk with Pup, the wind seems to make her like a young Pup again. She is 8 now after her Birthday in August. Washing nearly blowing off the line as the wind so strong.

Knee (the one I hit on the cupboard door) is not good today, it's very painful and giving way at times, bruising has all come out now I think, but still quite swollen. The original knee pain is very bad today and causing me a lot of extra pain. Extra tablets and BIOFREEZE plus TIGER BALM to help, it does a bit but not for long once the numbing affect has gone off..

2nd

I'm at the Doctors today, a few problems for her to sort out. My nose has bean bleeding a lot and is very swollen inside. This is an ongoing problem from a few years back when my nose was cautorised after massive nose bleeds. My nose now is very fragile and will bleed at the slightest sore or cold. I asked her about my scan I had on my knee on the 30th August. She looked but they're not back yet. She will chase them up, I will ring after the weekend. I have ECZEMA on both hands so cream for that, BETNOVATE, plus more cream for my nose NASEPTIN. The Doctor has put CARBAMAZEPINE on repeat prescription. This tablet one a day, has helped my neck and head pain a lot. I still have shooting pain and soft tender spots, but nowhere near as much. At least that's one thing that has helped.
She looked at my knee as bruising has gone all the way down my leg and I only hit my knee. She said this was fine as its called tracking, but to come back if it gets more swollen or very hot. I said it was hot a few days ago but cooler now. I think she was happy with it anyway.

3rd

A dull cold start to the day. I was going to Pilates but I don't think my knee could take it so stayed at home. Neck and head pain not good today may be I should not have said how good it was yesterday
A lot of ironing to do today so a good CD or two on to move to. Chose Ozzy and Pink.

4th

On the common today, after Summer had bean playing with her ball she sat down and I did too. My shoulders and legs really hurt. One of my friends saw me and was quite concerned and thought I was not well. She said one minute I was walking along and the next on the floor. Nice to have people looking after me. Summer tired now and will have a asleep for a while.

5th

Age UK The cooks last day so a sad one for us all. Chris is very funny and makes us all laugh and cheers us up with a cuddle when down or just not feeling to good. We will all miss him.

One of the waitresses, Gwen, dropped a dinner plate on her foot so she had to go to A and E. Her foot could be broken or just badly bruised as very swollen and miss shaped. All the best Gwen.

A very stressful day all round as short staffed. Polly the cooks day off too. Gwen at A and E so a waitress down as well. Many more days like this and it will be too much for me as at times I found the noise too much to cope with and just the overall things that needed doing is too much too. Jenny found it quite hard as well. Most people seemed to be annoyed today for some reason. Next week Chris is not here so only three in the kitchen as no one to replace him as yet. The Capochino machine was not switched on either as no one to work it. A very tiring day with not much sleep this week, so that did not help things either.

Bit of shopping then home to rest a bit with Pup she was very pleased to see me.

Playing Scrabble later with Andrew and Hannah. I actually won a game, I'm usually not very good as my spelling is bad.

6th

Lindsay here with Jamie-Lee and Suey, Summer has not seen her since her holiday there when we went to the Lakes. They were both running around like mad dogs. Tommy-Lee and Jay-Jay were out with friends.

Left hip painful, feels like bone on bone this happens from time to time. Took extra pain tablets and rubbed on Tiger Balm. Is this FIBO, RSD or WHAT?

Finished off baby Annabelles pink set and also the pram set, quite pleased with them both the patterns I have used are a very good fit for the doll.


 
7th

A cold start to the day but dry. There is a bike race on the common so a lot more people are there.  They go fast on their bikes. All ages racing from very young around six or seven + to elderly. Stood watching for a bit. Reminded me of my racing days and running and I felt very sad.

New Doctor Who-- the thirteenth Doctor a LADY this time. I watched it with Andrew and Hannah. Not too sure what to think yet, need a few more episodes to settle in I think.

8th

Hip very sore today especially when I lift my leg. Winter is coming so it will not be good for me I don't think. I will survive, as the song goes.

Phoned up the Doctors to see if scan results have turned up yet. Spoke to my friend there and she said results were back in. Probably bean there the whole time but not in the right place. She made me a phone  appointment for tomorrow.
Later in the day I got a phone call saying I need to make an appointment to see a Doctor. I said already done- don't people speak or look at screens there to see whats going on? Anyway its sorted.
I have a call late tomorrow morning or early afternoon.

9th

Doctor Patterson called me just before 9-00am. !!!. I was asking about scan- she said nothing on my file. She will look in to it. I thought it was all sorted I said. She will ring me later. What a mess around, when I first had the scan, they said a week its bean over five now nearly six (Thursday).
The results are there my receptionist friend has seen them.

The leaves are coming off the trees and a carpet is forming along the paths. I like Autumn, but soon the trees will be bare.
Summer had a good time playing with her ball again on the common and was tired when she came back.


10th

Was not to sure if I was going to Pilate's but in the end I decided to go. The session was hard but I mostly enjoyed it. A lot of spasms in my right foot, I think this was after biking there. Not bean on my bike for a while. The last time was 12th September so legs and feet are bond to feel it.

Later on I had my hair cut by Angela's Hairdresser, Debbie, now shoulder length and layered. This will go curlier as the days go by.
 

 


Not half down my back like it was. Feels better but weird- as used to tieing it back. I know its easier to brush now so does not make my arm and shoulder hurt as much. Thank you Angela for introducing and recommending her to me. Bean a long time since my last cut  March 2015 by Helen before she moved to Derby.

11th

Got a phone call from my Doctor about knee. There is a significant tear under the knee cap. I have bean referred on. So hopefully something will be sorted soon.


12th

Age UK. Gwen who dropped a plate on her foot had not broken it, she said it had bean very painful for the last week. Poor Gwen at least she can now walk on it. Found out later in the day she is coming back as cook to replace Chris, I am so pleased about this. She is a very good friend and has her crazy moments and she is a good cook. A lot of the customers have missed her so will get a shock next week when they see her. I think most will be pleased. As they say you can not please everyone.  Please yourself first.

A busy day but easier than last week. My knee hurts a lot so extra tablets and rub.
A bit of shopping then home. Very mild the last few days but oh so windy.

Angela was here when I got back and brought us a bottle of Buck Fizz. That was nice of her.

13th

Decided to bath Summer today as her fur is very mucky and not soft. She quite likes a bath/shower.
After she looked so white and oh so soft. Let her dry natural today as it was so warm.
 
 
 My little Pup.

She is so hard to get a picture of because she locks at you all photogenic then at the moment of clicking she moves her head or just walks away.


Later I did some of the garden, the herb bit. Summer was sat outside getting dried. My knee hurt so only managed a bit but pleased with what I got done. There is always another day. At least I got started.

14th

Rain. I think it looks like an all dayer. I would have liked to do more in the garden but never mind.

Summer wanted to go down Sincil Bank today. She sometimes likes to have a change. What I saw down there was lots of water, leaves and mud from the side bank along the road .I think the common would have bean very muddy and sticky today, Summer made the right choice..

Not too much going on this month pleased about scan results. Hope things are the best they can be and you are all well. All the best Love Gill. 






September



22nd September.

Well first day back after the holiday. Washing and ironing done not too much this time to do.
Summer looks a bit sad, probably missing her mates Suey and Zeus. Lindsay said they were running around after one another. Could be she is just tired like me.
Cleaning up downstairs, the house was not too bad, but Andrew has not bean here too much mostly at Hannah's.

23rd

A lot of time doing the Holiday blog that's already bean published lots of pictures.

25th

Banged my knee on the cupboard opposite the back door, hurt for hours. Swollen and very sore even the right knee hurts as much and I never bumped that one. Only RSD could do that make something hurt that not even bean touched. I banged it on the opposite side though so now the whole knee hurts.

This is the knee I banged that I have bean having problems with. Doctors on Tuesday so should know what the scan says. If this shows up nothing then it's more RSD spread. I hope its not that and the scan reveals something

26th

Paul's Birthday Happy Birthday to you. Lindsay and Tracy came round for tea later, Andrew and Hannah was of course already hear so the six of us had a Chinese. The children did not come as they are on holiday with their dad in Spain.

No Pilate's today don't think my knee would be very happy.

27th

Knee quite bruised, very hot and leg is hard. I hurt a lot today not just my knee all over pain  the annoying type that does not go away.

Made Paul a cake

 


The cake was very nice .


Age UK, nice to be back well I think so. Not too busy so that was good even Vera was behaving and kept out my way in fact she was good with everyone today.
Chris the cook is leaving which is a shame as he likes a laugh and soon cheers you up if down and he gives good cuddles. Only gentle ones for me he says as he does not want to hurt me. Gary the caretaker says if I was squeezed too much I would break. Not sure if that would ever happen but some days it does feel like that.

My knee is swollen and hot still, but not quite as painful, well a different kind of pain.
By the end of the day I know it hurt a lot, I did consider coming home on the bus but, I know the journey would make it worse with the vibrations. Not right is it-- hurts too much to walk but also too much to go on the bus.

I need to see if my very comfy shoes can be repaired but I think it will be a lost cause. Yep just as I thought the mid sole bit has perished, so a no go. Well it was worth a try.. Have to look for some more. With having RSD I need to wear shoes that give a bit, like Velcro fastenings and have a lot of comfort built in.

My dilemma was sorted as Angela came in to Age UK and after getting a few things in town gave me a lift home. A lot smoother ride than the bus or walking. Thank you Angela.

29th

Nice morning a bit chilly though on the common. Summer was running around playing with her ball.
There is a dog that goes on the common that throws the ball for itself  then runs after it. The owner said he started doing this as a pup when no one would play with her. Very clever I think.
Cleaning up today downstairs. Also knitting the baby Annabel's dolls clothes, on the coat now so last bit.

Knee not as bad today so long as I am careful a bit more bruising has come out.


Short but sweet blog this time as already published the first few weeks of September. The weather is changing so the cold is coming. Not RSD's friend to most.
Hope things are going well and you are able to do most what you want. RSD is a way of life for us so we have to make the best of it as there is no alternative. All the best love Gill.

A week in the Lakes.



Saturday 15th September.

Today we are travelling to the Lakes for a week, Angela my friend is also going.

We set off after saying our goodbyes to Andrew, Hannah and Summer. Picked up Angela on the way.
My knee started complaining nearly straight away. Going to be a long journey I think.
After a couple of stops we arrived at number 2 Gills cottage. Just made for me.
 
 The cottage where we stayed.


Unlocked the door and wow its great, everything you could want plus a welcome pack of coffee pods, beer, Kendal mint cake even biscuit bones for a dog. Summer will be pleased.
The rooms are big and there is a wood burning stove to use if it gets a bit chilly. Two bathrooms one en suite, plus a downstairs toilet. Even the beds were made up, all six of them. I think this will be a good week. The sun was shinning too and OH SO QUIET. If fact we did not see anyone for two days. Not to the likes of everyone but good for us three.


The wood burner. We did not use this as not too cold at night.

 View from the kitchen window. The old man mountain.

We did not do anything at all today as tired from the journey and Paul from driving. Tomorrow, time to explore.

Sunday 16th

A damp start to the day slept about the same as home bed quiet soft but alright. After we were all up we discussed what we were going to do today. We decided to go on a cruise on Lake Windermere. The sun was shining again so very nice just cruising along. We saw many things along the way. We were told one of the island was the one that Swallows and Amazons was all about in the book.  We saw very high priced houses like two million to six million castles as well plus some wildlife. The scenery was as Angela put it, STUNNING.

The boat we went on.
 
 
 Wild Cat Island?
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 Around Windermere and from the boat.


Later we had a quick look at Coniston Lake, this is where Donald Cambell was killed trying to beat the speed record. 


Andrew and Hannah were looking after Summer but change of plan, so now she is at Lindsay's. She will be pleased as her best friend Suey is there, also Zeus  a little chihuahua  from next door to Lindsay. Plus at least three children. Hope she has her ear muffs on as it can get a bit loud there.

17th

On a steam train today, Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway. A very nice chug along with lovely scenery to see. We looked in the Engine shed at the last two remaining Fairburn class 4 Mt tank engine. Just think only two left now, they have bean restored well one, has the other still needs work.

 
  The station.
 
 
 
 
 Our engine that took use on the ride.
All aboard.

On the steam train  
 
 The coal used to power it up.
 Another old train.
 
The engine sheds.
 
 
 
 One of the old Fairburns engines.
  
 
 
 
 From Lincoln.


On then to the Motor show--- old cars, some that my Dad used to have and he had a lot of cars. Motor bikes as well. Toy cars too. Also a replica of the 1939 Bluebird K7 that Donald Campbell used and was killed in 1967 at speeds of 300mph . His body and wreak of Bluebird K7 were not found till 2001 then buried in a little church yard close bye. Found out quite a bit about him and his Dad who also liked speed.
 More replica cars were there 1935 Bluebird car, Hydroplane K7. We also learnt about the various things that went on here in the past like the Blue Mill the little blue laundry bag that was used. The woodland industry, the iron works, gunpowder works, cotton mills, barrel makers, plus many more that I have forgotten.

 
 
 
 
 
  
 I love minis.
  
  Red one is a boat as well as a car.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
My Dad had lots of cars maby one like this? 

Donald  Campbell's fast machines.
1939 Bluebird K4 boat.
 
  
   
    
  
 1935  Bluebird K7 the one that ended his life in 1967.Speeds of over 300 miles per hour recorded.
 
Bluebird K7 engine.
 

 
 
 Donald Campbell Grandson carried on the legion.


We had dinner at the museum beer burger and chips very tasty and good.


18th

A dull start with a bit of drizzle sun came out later and was quite mild. No need for a coat unless it rain's.

Today it's the Beatrix Potter gallery and later the house where she first lived after leaving her family home.



The Gallery

First the gallery lots of fact and things about her books and drawing as well obviously not all originals. Not easy to take pictures so none for here.

Next on to the house, Hill Top Farm this is cottage with a cottage garden (what else) The house did have a lot of original things of hers. This is where she did her books and paintings and making animals come alive. Hill Top Farm was Beatrix Potter first house she bought from the profits of her books.
 
 
 

 
 
 Four poster bed I would love one of these.
 
 
 A rare piano.
 
 The lovely dolls house still with the furniture inside.
 
 Now into the garden.
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 Back of the house and garden.

The garden had a hundred year old apple tree. I was cheeky and asked what happen to them, he said they are given to people. Can I have some please to eat, not these he said they are bramley cookers, there is was another tree with eating apples on, russets he gave us one each as well as the bramleys. I ate my apple and it was so good. My Dad always said if you don't ask you don't get. The people behind us also got apples. They were from Ireland. I asked in the shop why they did not sell the Bramley apples. The lady said because of quality control. I said give them away with just a donation. She thought that was a good idea and would look in to it.


 The apple tree- I have never seen one so big..


Beatrix Potter went on to buy more of the surrounding farms and fields to stop the developers getting their hands on them .After all she was earning a lot of money now.
 
  
 Angela and I.
 
 Paul and I.
 
I used the apples for tea with custard, very tasty too. Had a little walk later as it seems a shame not to. Angela came along but we did not go very far. Cooking tea with an electric oven was an experience the cooker gets a lot hotter than mine as fan assisted, so cooks quicker. At one point the kitchen was filled with smoke from the sausages and bacon I put in the oven. Last night Angela had set off the smoke alarm by cooking fish cakes. She burnt them. This time I shut the kitchen door and opened the window. All was good in the end and we all enjoyed a good tea of sausage, bacon, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. Plus the apples and custard very tasty..


19th

Today we are going to Ulverston to see the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy museum lots of facts about them both. Angela had bean before but loves them both so much wanted to go again.

Very windy day nearly blew me over at one point not cold or raining.

 
 
 
 
  Ollie.
 Stan.
 

         
 
  
 
  Stan's original bowler hat?
 
 
 
         
 
 
  One of the last pictures taken of them together.
 
 


This was a good morning weather wise, we had dinner in the pub nearby, very nice too it was pie and potatoes. We nearly did not get it as last orders were 2pm it was nearly 2pm when we got there the bar lady talked to the chef and we got our food..


 The oldie pub we went in was a tribute to Stan and Ollie.



After we walked to where Stan used to live as a boy number 3 Argyle Street. 

 


Where Stan was born and lived for the first six years of his life.
Home of his Grandparents formally know as Foundry Cottages.


On to Coniston to see Donald Campbells grave.


Coniston.
 

 A Lolly shop I think it had just about every flavour possible.


20th

Miniature village day today-- The man who does it all has CHRONIC FATIGUE and does the models to take his mind off the pain. The work that goes into it is truly amazing. We talked to him and he let me in his workshop to see how they all started out as piles of slate or rock. One of the best things all week I think.

 
 
 
Hill Top Farm.Beatrix Potter's home.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  Some of the models he makes to order and for displays.
 
  
 
 This is how it all starts out.

 

This is what it said near the door to the minature village.


On to the house where Wordsworth lived, Dove Cottage. Just as we were going in a Tornado flew over and nearly scared me to death. The cottage was a sight to see as so many things still there. The paper in one of the bedroom was newspaper and still readable today.

Dove Cottage where he and his family lived from 1799.

 
 One of Wordsworth dogs.
 
 
 
 
 

 The newspaper walls.

Not too many pictures as light was not good and no flash allowed.


On to Windermere, by now it was raining. the first proper rain during the day so far. We got a few bits to take home then headed back to the holiday home.


21st

Well last day make the most of it, fine and windy.

Going on a boat today well hopefully not too rough  on the water. This was a very smooth trip. Raining a bit and very windy.
Angela looked back and saw the most beautiful rainbow over a mountain called The Old Man. We went on to see loads of these today even going home on the motor way.



The boat we went on.



 The rainbows that Angela noticed.
     
  

  Nearly got blown away taking these next three as on the boats deck. 
    
 
    
 
 Another cruise boat.

We were told that the island at Windermere is not the one that the Swallows and Amazons used in the book. The lady on the boat said they always lie. I looked into this on the Internet when I got home. The verdict is no one really knows it could be either or none as there are many islands they could have used. Coniston believe they have the right one though.


 Donald's plack.

We also saw the spot where Donald Campbell's boat the Bluebird K7 crashed going over 300 miles per hour and killed him outright. His body and wreak was not found till 2001.

After the cruise finished we headed for Hawkshead for some food. Very nice pub but quite expensive but we are on holiday- sob sob the last day..Bit of rain but more like drizzle than actual rain, a bit colder too.




Back to the place to pack the last bits. We all had a good time and Angela would have loved to stay.
In the car and head home. On the way near Manchester a violent storm, hail stones, a right down pour. Again we saw loads of rainbows. I think that day alone we saw more than ten- some very beautiful and a lot of doubles too. They was a accident on the Northbound carriage way a very long tail back, pleased we were heading south.  

The journey home was better for me than the one going, normal pain plus a bit more at times.

We dropped Angela off at her house then went on to pick up Summer at Lindsay's. Summer had a good time with Suey and Zeus from next door. A cup a tea then home, Summer was very excited to see us.

A good holiday but a bit disappointed to not have had more walks, but as many of you know I get lost a lot, so not able to really go on my own in a different place. Up a mountain for hours trying to find my way is not good. We did see a lot of things and there is always another time. The RSD  and other things behaved quite well so I was able to enjoy the Beautiful Lakes

All the best to every one. Love Gill.

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