June 2

June 17th

A quiet day, Lindsay came round for Dads day. We sat in the garden most of the time just talking. She was on her own so no children to interrupt. I hurt a lot today if only I could get more sleep I think that would help, but at the moment that's not possible if it ever will be. I nod off a few mins in my chair and it is only a few, mostly when the adverts are on. A lot of the time pain wakes me up even in the chair. Most nights I am awake a few times, even when I don't go to bed till four or five am.


A lot of shaking of my legs and body today, almost at breaking point I think. I worry when this happens as the seizures are never far away. I have taken as much pain medication as I dare and still the pain persists. Maybe tomorrow will be better.


Not at Pilates again I don't think my body would take it.  I have a ten mile round trip as well as an hour of moves. Hopefully next week.

I went into town to get Andrew something for his Birthday, did quite well I think, but its what he thinks. As what I like, is not always what  he likes.


Happy Birthday Andrew he liked everything I got him as well, so that's good.

 Andrew opening his presents Summer helping him.
 I wish it was my Birthday.

A little Pup I made for Andrew.

Joy is here for a visit. I have not seen her for a while so that was nice for both of us. I caught up with all her news as she has bean away for three weeks on holiday.

 Andrews friend Tank came round later. We had an Indian meal to celebrate Andrew's birthday, nice it was too.


Age UK only two in the kitchen today (usually four) so a bit hectic, not many waitresses either and we were very busy. No cappuccino machine either as there's not enough trained staff to work it .As you know I am not allowed to use it now.
Left knee is very painful and its quite hard to walk, but walk I have to, as buses make everything worse. Still too much pain but I think its going down a bit to my normal.

Lindsay came round after dinner without her tribe. She was pleased to have time on her own. Jay-Jay is having girlfriend  problems, Tommy-Lee getting into fights. They were with their Dad going to see Grandad Sid. Soon they came back and the peace was no more, well two of them did. Jay-Jay did not go to see his Grandad. He popped in later though.

Started making two very furry teddies for presents, these are quite hard as the fur is so thick.


I have managed to get an appointment with my own Doctor, Doctor Mehta. Its a waste of time going to other Doctors as I spend a lot of time explaining about the RSD. I go to others if it's non RSD related of course. I had found something on the internet that I thought related to the neck pain and tenderness I get. Dr Mehta agreed with what I had found. OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA. I have bean given tablets to see if they will help CARBAMAZEPINE 200mg, one a day. At last I have found a answer, this has bean going on nearly as long as my RSD. Shooting pains and tender spots on my head. The pain can strike if I turn my head or just when it wants. This can paralyse my neck and head for a while and is extremely painful.  Hope the tablets do some good. He looked at my knee and said it could be nerve pain.


Cleaning up in the morning, Lindsay, Paul and I set off to sort out a few items to finish off the kitchen and for bathroom. Lindsay wanted a lot of DIY bits for her bathroom, the children are away with their Dad in Spain so a good chance to get things done hopefully.

I had to come out of the store as I could not cope with the heat and noise in there. I felt like I was going to explode, very dizzy as well. My body does not do too well with heat changes so it panicked. I think the new tablets had a bit to do with it as well. All was not lost as Lindsay got what she wanted.

Early hours of the morning bad stomach pains, then I was violently sick so much I wee'd  my PJ'S. My stomach felt a lot better after but still dizzy feeling and far away. Was it the new tablets?


No Pilate's again, I was hoping to go today but I think my knee is still not up to it. Went shopping instead and this time got most of what we wanted. The stores we went in were cooler than yesterdays ones so I was able to cope alright.


Age UK again. Jenny not here so working with the boss. This was a bit weird to start with as she was the one I had dealing with over the tablets. Things were OK and she made mistakes on the till so she is human after all. A good day busy but not manic.Very warm like it has been all week so I think that kept a few away.


Blue sky not a cloud at all, this stopped like it all day very warm again.

Paul and I are sorting out a big cupboard that we keep just about everything in from cups and plates to shower gel, to Summer food and treats. This holds an awful lot, we put in the new things we had bought, saucepans, plates and bowls. All the other are goings to Lindsay as still all good. We are swapping grills as ours beeps. Summer does not like it, getting very upset. Lindsay's does not beep.

Well not as good this month, but not the worst, bit scary with the shaking but the seizures stayed away. Hope things are good with you all and you are enjoying the British weather that is if you live here. All the best love Gill

June 1

Well here we are in Flaming June but its not that warm.

June 1st

Age UK hardly any staff today, the kitchen only had two, two on the counter and two waitresses. Plus Vera and John not too sure if they were of much help Vera was missing most of the time.
Very busy too the capochino machine had to be turned off as no one to work it. A lot of disappointed customers.


Quite cold on the common and rain. Pup and I got quite wet. Wheres the Summer gone?

BBQ today at one of Paul's friends house. Very good too, the sun was out and it was quite warm. Very heavy though this affected me a lot, head ache and body pain. Just about when we were all thinking of going the sky blacken and the rain came down like a monsoon. We sheltered until the worst had gone then made a dash for the car.

 This was just before it rained, me front left Paul front right.


Phone call with Doctor Hindocha--- I asked him if I could reduce the TARGINACT from 20mg in the morning to ten. He said fifteen would be better and he would do a PRESCRIPTION for me.
I also said I had some information about the shooting pain in my neck, head and eye and the tenderness on my scalp. He said he would discuss it with me at my next appointment. I am to have a full blood test as well. My appointment is not till July 4th so by then I would have tried the reduced tablets (Hopefully) and had blood results back.


Funeral of my friend Miriam. Angela picked me up and I did not need to ask her how she was. I think we both felt the same. A lot of people were there and I think she would have liked the service. Not a lot was known about her as she liked it that way. Rest in peace Miriam.

We started the kitchen tiling today going quite well but I think this is the easier bit.

Be for we started with all the paper off.

Going well !!!

Paul tripped the electric trip switch, and all the power went off. The TV was not on at the time but after refused to come back on later, a bit like last time.The TV still had the stand by light on this time. I went on to the Internet and found affix hopefully.


No Pilate's, not up to it yet. Bit more of the kitchen done getting more work cutting and shaping the tiles.

Sorted out the TV, was quite surprised when it started working took a few goes but got it in the end. After reading the information, this is quite common with Sharp TVs. This will most likely happen again if turned off, or a power cut.

Joints are bad today I ache all over. Sitting is not good today at all and I am exhausted too. Not from the kitchen but lack of sleep and proper rest.


Blood test this went fine, sometimes the Nurse has trouble getting any blood as my veins are hidden and very thin.

Red cheek again and pain, the red cheek seems to act like a warning of things to come as I often have more pain when my cheek glows. This feels like sunburn. Only the right one goes red. This is what I need to discuss with my Doctor next month.

Kitchen not going as well but still moving forward.


Age UK busy again- three in the kitchen they can cope with three, four is better but three manageable. Lots of customers today and they stayed later as well. We are being thanked from Age UK for all our hard work, with a Tea Party for all the Volunteers. Lots of different cakes and tea. Very good too plus a Quiz and a singing key board player. A good afternoon enjoyed by most I think. The singer was not too good but I have heard worse.

Looked after Ben and Emmie from 7-00pm. They were good but Emmie is very energetic and had me running around after her. Ben was mostly in his room but did come down for food.. A good night to finish off a good day. Squidge came home around eleven thirty.


Kitchen still going quite well now, the wall are not true so a bit of extra effort is needed. Looking good as well

Sun shine today, hope it shines on my little tomatoes they could do with a little help.

 Cucumber plants
 Toms  planted out you can hardly see them.
 Cherry toms hopefully!


Finished tiling the kitchen now just the grouting and paintings of the wood work. Looks good but has bean a lot of hard work. This will now hopefully last for the next twenty years or so. The bathroom was done twenty five years ago when Andrew was only four. This still looks good.


Summer decide to drink Andrews smoothie. He put it on the floor and dipped his finger in to give Summer a taste and she went straight for the jug and started slurping it. She liked it and had a fair bit, would have had more if she was not stopped.

Getting her nose right in.


All the grouting is done now and painting now the big clean up dust everywhere. Washing down the cupboards and walls.  Chinese for tea. Soon the Kitchen will be back to normal and I can get back to cooking meals again, Chinese is nice though.


 All done well pleased with the end result. (At last we can have a clean house now.)


Age UK today we have a 60th Age UK birthday Party- for 132 guests for a three course meal.


 Some of the salmon ready for the guests. 
Soup or salmon, beef dinner or quiche, chocolate tart with cream or Eaton mess plus wine or orange juice. All served by us Volunteers and a group of Air force men from RAF Waddington camp, not far away. They helped a lot and we all appreciated them being here. The old people seemed to be enjoying themselves. There were Choir singers, and a group called, No Direction--  The the oldest Boy Band or that's what they say anyway .Good singers too. The music got a bit loud and was causing me a lot of pain, as  most of the work was now done, I said my good byes and left. I still had to walk home too, I could have gone on the bus but my body hurt enough as it was the vibrations would have made it worse..

A good day but I am very tired. I did go into Age UK on Tuesday to help as they were short staffed again. 

When I got home Paul had done the wall papering in the back hall way. This is where Summer eats her food and has her water dish. Pictures next time when its finished.


Spring cleaning down stairs to get rid of the dust from doing the kitchen. I started in the bathroom and Paul in the dining room. I scrubbed both the bathroom and kitchen floor. Summer came along and sat on my knee while I scrubbed  and went to sleep- this made things a bit difficult.

So relaxed she fell asleep.

She does not like change and will be pleased now its all done. Not told her yet that the bathroom grouting is getting renewed soon. This will not be too bad as Paul can work in there and shut the door. Hopefully all the mess and dust will stay in there.

 The common, with more Buttercups come out and of course Summer in on the picture too.


 Hope you are all well as you can be, all the best Love Gill.

May (2)


B12 done today, still hurts, you would think I would have got used to them by now, the amount I have had. Told the Nurses how I have bean feeling the last week or so. I wondered if it had anything to do with the B12 or my blood. They suggested I spoke to the Doctor. So I made an appointment, the soonest one they had for my Doctor is 4th June then its only speaking on the phone.


Age UK saw one of the volunteer workers and put a few things straight after the lost tablet saga.

The day in the kitchen was quite busy but Jenny and I coped well.

Looking after a neighbours cats till Monday teatime I have looked after them before and they are no trouble.


Helping out today at a nature reserve at Dunholme:

This is the village where I used to live, and where we were working was just about the same spot where our house used to be. This fell in to disrepair after we left 1967/68 I think, and it eventually fell down. How weird is that then. A good day but hard work and the day was hot with a cool breeze.


Doing a bit in my garden today. Since having my B12 I have felt a bit better, coincidence or fact.
Nowhere near as warm today and cold later. My poor tomatoes and cucumbers in the green house are not too sure what is going on. They are not growing too much either.


Pilate's today I was not sure till the last minute if I was going, as the last few times I have not bean able to do a lot. In the end I did go, on my bike as usual..The session was hard but I think it helped my tight muscles. I still feel tired but I think things are getting better regarding the pain. I do hope so I would like a better life please.

General things like cleaning washing ironing. I did finish off the rabbit I have bean making.

I think she looks quite cute.


Overnight rain has made the common very sticky and wet again, cold as well.

Age UK again when I got there I realised that the lady who I think went over the top about the tablets was working in the kitchen. I thought this could be fun or not. Anyway she was alright but it was a bit weird having her working with me.


Having a BBQ today the weather does not look too good though. By the afternoon it was very warm. The BBQ went well- just Paul, Andrew, Lindsay and Jamie-Lee, Tracy came after work. A good afternoon. Summer was on the scrounge as usual and we told Jamie-Lee to keep her eye on her food or Summer would nick it.

Feeding the cats again, they have got used to me now. They purr all the time and like me to play and  fuss them a lot.


On the common to day,  its really lovely with butter cups all over the place. 



The horses have gone back to their own common now on the west side of town. We have got around ten left.

I have bean stripping off wallpaper in the kitchen as we are decorating it very soon.Tiles three quarters of way up and paper at the top. Quite a big job but its needed doing for a while now. We put on tiled wallpaper last time and it soon began to look scruffy. The paper we had before was great, but this was poor quality, same make of paper too. They don't make things like they used too!


Looking after Jamie-Lee as Lindsay is going to Sheffield for a check up.Paul is taking her. I hope they soon get her sorted and she can get rid of these crippling headaches. Jamie-Lee and I played with the dolls house for a while.

 Jamie-Lee with Summer notice the ball in her mouth.   
Its mine.        

Andy the neighbour who's cats I looked after came round to thank me. He stayed for a cup of tea and Jamie-Lee played nicely on her on. Later we played with the Action Men. A good day, soon Lindsay and Paul were home and she told me what the Doctor had said. She had not seen Lindsay's latest scan as it was only taken on the 18th May in Lincoln. Lindsay is also is to see the Pain Clinic here in Lincoln again, they will help sort her out.. Hopefully.

 All tired out now.


Went and got all the tiles and paper plus the other bits to do the kitchen. No Pilate's today I did not feel up to it.

Heard Summer barking in the garden and went to investigate. Tabby cat was sat on the shed roof and was being attacked by a Magpie. The Magpie was pecking his back and trying to get him to move. I am sure the Magpies have a nest in the garden two doors away where Tabby cat lives. Tabby was not bothered by the Magpie at all and just sat there. After a while he moved and the Magpie went. I know they can get quite vicious.

Well that's it for this Blog. I think for me a bit better month. Hope things are good for you Love Gill.

Pup alike.


May 1st

Realised I had left my tablet tin at Age UK when I sorted out my bag last week. I rang them first thing and told reception to look out for it.  I had a very irate call from one of the  managers there. She seems to think it was my fault I had left it there in the so called staff room. Any way I am to have a meeting with her on Friday before my shift. I told her I am only a volunteer not a paid worker. We have only had lockers for the last three weeks so I think my tablets are safer with me than in a shared locker that is not always locked after people have bean in it..

Pictures from the 29th of April when I did the car park over grown bit.

 Big pile of rubbish I made.
 All tidy now.
 Summer watching through the fence.


Rain pouring down so the common walk was a bit later, cold as well. Summer did not mind one bit. The common that was just about dry in most places, is now wet with big puddles all over. With the horses running around, the paths have bean churned up again. I have bean told the West Common horses are going back home very soon. Our horses should go with them then our common would have chance to dry out too. After all around thirty odd horses came here, so I think its only fair they should go for a holiday too. Not my decision, up to the owners and the council.

No Pilate's today I just feel so drained.. I hurt everywhere, spasms some extremely painful. Temperature changes are all over the place waking up wet through with sweat, then shaking with cold, less sleep than normal (what ever that is) I feel very down as well, big cold sore come up on my lip feels like a marble very painful. My hands are loosing grip and hurt when just touched. But as many of you know its no use resting too much, as it makes things worse, for me any way. I think I could have accepted this RSD more if I had bean involved in a bad accident or such like. All I did was trip while running--- that's RSD,  cruel or what . Most RSD  have started with a minor fall or operation. Having no specialist does not help either. Only seeing my Neurologist when SEIZURES are on going. You are pretty much on your own. well I am. My Doctor does his best and is a big help to me. He really does not know too much about RSD though.


My friend Miriam is not well she has a bad chest infection and is really struggling. I spoke to her on the phone and she sounded quite bad. She is pleased to be home though after spending a few months in a care home and hospital when she had a fall last December. At great cost too she said, she did not like it there at all. The home she was in was only a few hundred yards from her own house, so that did not help at all, she could all most see it from the lounge. 

Well Age UK  two people interviewed me or that's how it started out.I think I was treated more like a criminal than a person as one of them got very mad and started shouting at me. I said many times why are you so angry after all its me that has lost a tin and a few tablets. (2 GABAPENTIN, 4 ish IBRUES, 4 DIHYDCODEINE and some MINTEC (and maybe a MORPHINE one.) I carry one in case I forget to take them in the morning as I go into withdrawal. She said I don't think you realise how serious this is. Anyone could have taken them. I said well you have a thief then! If we had a proper staff room this would not have happened, as it would have bean locked up until Monday and still bean where I left them or handed in, not taken by a thief. She did not like it one bit, I told her why I need the tablets and the quicker I get them taken the easier is to control the pain. After all the big locker I mentioned earlier was not safe to leave them so I carry them with me. Once, no twice Nills had to break in when the padlock got stuck. Up to now there has never bean a problem. I do my work very well and the other staff say I put in a good shift and are a big help to any one. My work was in question as the side affects of the tablets I take can do strange things to the taker. (She read about the side affects on the web.) I said I have bean on the same ones for years and the affects are not a problem only if  I take extra, extra like when when I am ill of course, but  then I would not be at Age UK. I think she was making more of the incident than was necessary.
After another meeting with them both after my shifft I asked if Jenny could come in but  NO with quite a nasty air to it. She said why are you making it more difficult and worse for yourself????  I am not on trail here I thought. I had to sign at a risk document and not use the coffee machine this I was pleased about that as I have never liked it.  If I did not sign I was out the door. I said I thought you needed volunteers!!!!.

This is not the first time she has bean sharp with Jenny and I. After a while this hit me and I got quite upset. Gary had a few words with me. Jenny was very angry as she was there when I left the tin of tablets last week, and could not believe at what had bean said to me.
I could have walked out, but that would be letting a lot of people down so I will be going back but she has not heard the last from me.


Phone call from Wayne, he is on his way here and staying till Monday. The computer has bean playing up so he will have a go at it with  Andrew. Both are good with with computers. They think there was a Windows 10 up date, that has got stuck in a loop and can not finish the task. 
Will be good to see him. The weather is meant to be very warm/hot this weekend.


Well what a hot day, the hottest so far this year.  Lindsay is here with Jay-Jay and Jamie-Lee, Tommy-Lee is out with a friend swimming. We spent most of the day in the garden very hot, I got suntanned on my shoulders and face. Lindsay and I used to have a competition to see you could get the brownest. She goes mid brown and I go dark brown. There are lots of days when I can not sit in the sun as I get very itchy and sore.

Jamie-Lee spent most of the time in a paddling pool and using her bubble gun machine (makes soap bubbles) this is very good and makes lots of small bubbles which floated off in to the sky. Must be nice to do that, just float off.
A good day after the problems on Friday I have another meeting on Friday 18th.

Wayne worked very hard on the computer but did not solve all the problems.With Andrew being here all the time now, he now gets asked to help Paul and I solve the things that crop up from time to time that come with the web and other things you get going on a computer. so I say a big thank you to you both. Wayne had to leave to go back to Halifax or he might have finished the job. Does seems to work faster and not crashing as much.


Pilate's today, first time in four weeks. I struggled quite a bit but I did it most, my way as usual. Nice to be back and good to be back on my bike again. Quite windy but a warmish day. Very tired later and the pain and spasms were not kind to me. My skin feels very sore and hot to the point of not being able to settle and try to relax. Not sure what its all about, could it be the sun I had on Monday but still it would not be full body would it.?. Maybe my body's in shock with all this sun stuff ! Any way joking apart its not nice


Not good news Miriam has passed away. She was found by her carer in her chair collapsed. She went to hospital but did not make it.


Age UK again lets hope it going to be nothing like last week. Gary said he was proud of me and gave me a hug. He said its a big step to return to a place after last week episode. The other two asked me how I was. Not everyone knew what went on last week. Jenny was very supportive even going to see the Volunteer's Coordinator earlier in the week. This I did not know till a lot later as we got busy and Jenny did not have time to talk with me.

Any way today's another day. Had a good talk with Poly that helped me. (Polly is the chef/cook)  We were not busy for a while, then like a bus load came. We managed to help every one. One man asked for a ham and tomato sandwich, when I asked him on what? he said a plate-- he was being very serious too. I meant brown or white bread. He laughed and said he felt stupid.
A good day with no problems. Not going on the Espresso machine seemed funny, but my wrist did not hurt as much.

The lady that interviewed me came through kitchen twice,  but did not say anything to me or Jenny.


Angela came round and we talked about Miriam, we both got upset. She had only bean home two weeks. That's all she wanted, to go home and be herself, something she could not be at the care home she said. Angela and I will go to the funeral.

I have bean making a few toys not really for any one, mostly just to do them.
  There was another one but it went to a little baby in the end.

The little doll and cradle are for Emmie 's Birthday in a few weeks time.


Awoke very groggy and a bad head, NO, not bean drinking but I think its how I would have felt if I had.I will try to keep going and see if I can shake it off.

My friend John came round and we had a good talk. I had made some cakes and he smelt them and was pleased. He ate two and took two home. Even more pleased now. They were very tasty too. I do not have many cake as they upset my IBS but these were worth it and I did not suffer too much. 

Not a bad day but very tired, well more than tired, exhausted. Lack of sleep and pain plus everything playing up does not make a very settled mind and body.


Well Summer must be here as I have put on the thinner bed quilts. 

Angela popped by and updated me on Merriam's funeral arrangements. No date yet but we now know who will be doing the service.

Lindsay phoned up and asked if I would have Jamie-Lee for a few hours after School, while Tommy-Lee and her go into town  Jay-Jay also called in earlier, he left his Mum and Dad in town. He had bean to the Hospital for an ear appointment. For a long time he has had trouble with his ears and lack of hearing. They told him he has reduced hearing in both ears and glue ear in one. Nice to see him, not bean here for a while.

Lindsay, Tommy-Lee and Jamie-Lee, arrived stopped a while then Lindsay and Tommy-Lee headed off into town. 

Jamie-Lee and I played with the Barbie dolls and then did some colouring. 

A few hours later Lindsay and Tommy-Lee returned they managed to get what they needed.He has a Football Presentation on Saturday so wanted to get jeans and some other things.to look his best.
Lindsay was not too good I think she had over done it with going to the Hospital and town, plus town again with Tommy-Lee.and I think she had done too much, after a rest they all went home.


Still not feeling too good but I am going to Pilate's at least it will get me out the house. A cold windy day the wind was very gusty going too.
The session was quite a good one with a full house today. I did what I could, but felt very week and extremely tired. Had a word with Jo (Pilate's teacher) and she said I think, its your CHRONIC FATIGUE playing up, I agreed with her. Still very windy/cold coming home. Maybe I should not have put the Summer quilts on.

That's May's first half, not the best start to spring/Summer for me. Hopefully things will improve when the sun gets stronger and we have some continued hot days. Hope things are as good as they can be with you all love Gill.
Picture of Summer and her very best friend Suey, .Lindsay's dog

April (2)


I think spring is here, a very warm day. The Fair has arrived so Summer and I have to go back to the main common for now, its only here for the week but takes around a week to set up. I know there is a lot of water on there so might be a bit tricky to put up the rides and stalls..

The main common is still very sticky, but I think if this warmer windy weather keeps up it will soon dry. Summer found a lot of mud so had to be washed down in the bath. She loves the water and mud and will charge through it if not watched.

Not too bad a day pain built up towards the end of the day. I had Jamie-Lee for a few hours while Lindsay went to a football meeting. I had made her some clothes for her tiny dolls from her dolls house. I did not tell her and the look on her face was lovely when she saw them.

As you can see tiny, the blue and tartan dress I bought.

She had a good time playing with the house and dolls. Lindsay picked her up quite late around ten. Jamie-Lee said I usually go to bed around eight, not tonight I said. She did not even seem tired. I know I was and the pain had reached tablet level. Had a nice BADEDAS bath hopefully that will ease it a bit.


Pain is at a high again today, taken too many tablets with not a lot of relief. I said yesterday I thought the common was drying, it is. Hopefully there will be no rain for a while or it will be back to a mud bath again. Summer was OK today because I put her on her lead when there was any mud around. She did not like it much but she kept cleaner and did not have to have a wash down.


I decided not to go to Pilate's today as still in a lot of pain just about every joint and muscle I have hurts in some way.
No use sitting down for long though making it worse, so I sorted out the seeds in the greenhouse and sowed them. Flowers and cucumbers no tomatoes as I did not have any, will get some on Friday.


Very warm, even hot today very nice. Lovely on thee common and I was able to wear my walking shoes instead of my welly boots.

Nes came round and asked me to look after Tabby Cat while they were away a few days.

Cleaning up today and washing. Sat outside when Nes was here and it was good and so warm. Our garden is south facing so gets the sun most of the day.


Sunshine is still here so no jacket to go to Age UK. Busy but not over the top and no incidents either.
Still hurting but not quite as bad. Not too many coffee drinks  on the cappuccino machine either, so that helped my pain. Still taking far too many tablets still, but what else can I do?
Bit of shopping then home.


Up later today but felt worse for it, bad head the sort that feels like my head is dropping off when I lean forward. Taken IBRUES hopefully this will help. My overall pain has gone down a bit but still not good.

The walk on the common was nice, Andrew came as well, Pup was so pleased and showed it as well by running around like someone crazy. A good walk and she did not get mucky either.

Tabby is doing well and eating his food and giving me lots of purrs and head rubbing. I sit with him for a while and stroke and cuddle him. His family are back today so he will be happy. I think he has missed them especially Ben (10) who usually sorts out his needs.

Headache good now and other pain not too bad either, so a better day in the end. I even made some small sponge cakes, they tasted very good. Paul put in some sausage rolls as well.


Take away for tea tonight, so no more cooking. I think for the rest of the day I will  just take it easy, then a bath later.


Summer's hair cut Maxine cut loads off, cutting for over an hour. She looks so small now and so white too. She had her nails clipped as well. Summer had a long sleep as she was very tired she did not get her morning sleep after her walk. Trouble is now she is moulting a bit so everywhere is covered in cotton wool like fluff.

 Before she was cut.

All the fur off her.

Just finished cutting.


No Pilate's today I just don't feel I could cope with it.

A very windy walk on the common the over night rain has made it very wet again. Summer was mostly good and did her best to keep out the mud.

 A few pictures of the horses as promised.

These are a bit far away as the horses were in the wet muddy bit. Not too sure when the west common horses are going back there. I know our common is a lot worse for them being here.
Maybe they will all go back there for a while so ours dries out.
A few days ago someone had taken a whole section of fence away so the horses could get out. Today it looks like they have had another go. This was only replaced two days ago. Why do they do this it does not help anyone.

   Well the trees think its Spring and are coming into flower and leaves forming. 

Pictures taken from the park. 


Cold wet and windy, gloves on again for our walk could had done with my hat on as well.

Age UK steady today- not over busy enough to keep me busy though. More new rules only one person on the till. I am quite happy to do the rest and Jenny is happy to be on the till. She said but you will have more to do. She did help me out and and it worked quite well. Everytime I come here something has changed.

Very tired and hurting, when I got home wet too as the rain did not really stop all day.


Today I decided to do the car park bit at the back of our garden, WHY--? this is over grown with ivy and small sycamore trees  Left they will grow big and block out the light. This took a lot of doing but I got there in the end. The problem was the roots of the trees, when done before Paul only cut them
so they had grown more deeper roots. Summer stayed with me the whole time looking down on me.The car park is a big drop down from our garden. I also had two Robins watching me and eating the bugs and worms.


A cold windy day more like winter than spring. Summer had a good walk and got muddy on the last bit. I took her to the spring water and she washed her legs and feet. I bet it was cold.

My friend John is here later so that will be nice to catch up on his news.

Well here we are heading for May hope the weather improves and we can get rid of the coats for more than a week. Hope you are all well and doing the best you can. All the best love Gill.

A picture of the cathedral taken from the common.

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