Me on Monday

Just to let you know how things are in my corner of blogland.

Me, on Monday 7th September 2015

Today is the 7th day of my course of radiotherapy. The treatment itself is painless, nothing to see, hear or feel. Actually, that’s not quite true. One of the machines that I am booked on could do with a drop of oil!
I have given up referring to the board that I lie on a bed! It is about as far away from a bed as you can imagine and no pillows, not one!
The daily grind up to the city is exhausting, the waiting around at the hospital takes some deep breathing and an easy going book to read. It is a four hour ‘round trip and I just want to get home afterwards. I had great plans to have a little photo walk every day but I can’t do that just yet.

Paul bought me some particularly photogenic flowers at the weekend.



I am recovering well from the operation I had almost 8 weeks ago. I still can’t stand,(everything feels as though it’s falling out!) but walking is a lot better, no speed yet, my greyhound still overtakes me but come the end of September I hope to beat her up the stairs.


I have attempted to catch up with some blog reading but find it impossible to concentrate. I miss you but some of you post to Instagram so I get to say hello to you. I have had so many good wishes, cards, e-mail and IG that it makes my heart swell. I have this dichotomy, I want to read your blogs, I want to contribute, but I can’t concentrate and that makes me sad. So to keep myself up-beat I have decided not to try to visit for another few weeks. I do think about you though.

You may remember that my son Ben ran his first 10K race in Cardiff this time last year? He has asked me to put his Just Giving page here on my blog. He wasn’t going to run to support a charity as he feels he has ‘only just’ asked but cancer has hit right at the heart and soul of his life so he is asking again.
I am so proud of him as you can imagine.

I am hoping to go to Bristol to cheer him on next weekend. Perhaps you would think of him and will him to Run Ben, Run!

This is the link to his page if you would like to make a donation or see a picture of Ben & I hugging a Shaun. :)

This is just a screen shot of his page, you can’t make a donation from here.

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It is a beautiful day here today I hope the sun is shining for you.


I went for a coffee with a friend and we sat under this beautiful sun shade.


Thankful for my friends, those I can touch with my hands and those I can touch with my heart.

Thanks to you all, I feel loved and cherished.

Pairs Week 34

Before and After or With and Without Seeds.

I absolutely love the shapes here.

Pairs-With Seeds


Thank you Helena, this lovely meme is keeping me going in blog land just now.
Today is the first day of my radiotherapy, I’m taking all your love with me. Think of me if you have a moment?

Pairs Week 33

I had a walk in the jungle that is supposed to be a garden to check on our little pear tree. Still no sign of a partridge though.

Ah Ha! Pairs! Helenas wonderful weekly meme popped into my head.
I thought this might make you smile.


Thank you Helena

Needs Must

“Why have we invested 50p in two bunches of dead dahlias?’ He asked shaking his head.

“To photograph their beauty and to press some petals of course!” I said

I took them home, sorted the good from the not so good, sorted long stems and short stems and kept some buds.
I took the small vase of short stems up to my room with my phone. The light was fading, much like some of the dahlias, but needs must.

I don’t have the energy yet to go out on a photo walk with my friend and our cameras but I know a garden full of dahlias which the lady of the house picks, and puts out on a table for sale. £1 a bunch if they are ‘alive’(!) She had been away and these two bunches were long past their best so she would only take 50p for them all.

It was a short car ride away, an extremely small financial investment, I had fun photographing them and this morning pulled off lots of petals and put them in my flower press. Oh! and hanging upside down in a bulldog clip are three buds, drying nicely in the breeze… more photo fodder.

Needs must as they say.

I still have a very large vase of the long stems yet to photograph. I just need a little more energy and some light would be nice, it is very overcast here today.


Thank you for the e-mails, I really appreciate them. Have nice weekends.:)