Well, I'm back - I had a great (almost) week in London. I visited loads of museums, etc. However the reason I went the days I did was so that I could be at The Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, and also visit The Field of Remembrance at St Margaret's Westminster
I went to The Field of Remembrance on the Friday morning, and planted crosses of remembrance for Dad, both my Grandfathers, as well as 2 friends ....( Remembering the familyCollapse )
On Remembrance Sunday I stood on Whitehall to be at The Cenotaph to observe the 2 minutes silence, as well as taking part in the service and watching the march past( We Will Remember ThemCollapse )They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
I am really popping in to again say that however much I had aimed to be more pro-active on-line, I have failed .... 200%
I am still doing the extra shifts at work, which helps pay bills, however this week I was sent home Wednesday after lunch, and told to not come in until the new week. I was shattered. I am presuming it is some form of flare-up of my CFS, but have been a good girl and spoken to my doctor, and am having blood tests, etc, next week. So the last few days have been 12+ hours asleep, and feeling a bit more relaxed.
I suppose it hasn't helped that Jiffy has had a few days when he either hasn't wanted to walk, of like today has walked most of his normal Sunday walk but at a very, very slow pace. I can't believe he is now 13 1/2 .... where have those years gone? the lucky thing is that even when I go to bed at 8.30 he is more than happy ... he loves a good long sleep (and wasn't at all fazed by the extra hour in bed today)
This coming Wednesday we are back off to Auntie Joyce's .... at least this time we are spending a few days there ... so at least I don't have the 550 mile drive to do in the day like I did when she was in hospital!! She is moaning as much as ever ... but there again Dad had to put up with that all his life, so can't really complain, can I? She is independant, but can't seem to accept how lucky she is to be like that. She has spent the last 3 years saying she wants to go in a home, yet the twice she has been in for respite she left early as she hated it!! Oh well - we shall see what the week brings.
Then the following week I am off to London for Remembrance again ... so am looking forward to that break, and in fact yesterday I actually started looking into new places to discover.
I know I haven't shared photos from the holiday ... but there again I haven't even finished sorting them. I also haven't done any icons at all recently.
Last Saturday I met up with Brenda at a National Trust property and had a super time. It was good to catch up with her, and family news, although we do speak every 10 days or so on the phone. I haven't seen Claire since mid June (sad as we live only a mile apart) ... they are always "busy" ..... As to Nick & Tim, i don't have contact with them ... that has (and still is) very hard to accept, but I must remember that it is their choice
Well that's me up to date - I am going to disable comments as I will never get the time to reply.
Hope all is well with you, and hopefully by mid Novemember I shall have more time and less fatigue
... and I can't believe it is 3 weekssince I returned from my holiday. Where have those days gone?
Oh well - sorry.
I have done extra shifts at work, and that (combined with the reason I needed to cover someone's time off) has wiped me out. I am gradually getting back the ooompf, so that is the main thing. I suppose it helps that the people I work with on the clerical side are very supportive (although it was one of them that had last week off). The nursing staff have a mixed view of me ... I am a grade 2, and there are 5 grade 4's who basically ignore me ... and 2 grade 6's who are great, and a grade 8 who is fine (when she is in). I still love being there, though. As a memmber of Staff Bank I can always work somewhere else if I wanted to. Anyway I am off this afternoon, which is nice, and as the weather is lovely Jiffy and I have had a good stroll, and now I am going to try to get back to you all.
Sadly my laptop died recently and I have decided not to replace it - I love my desk-top, and not having a laptop means I don't just sit playng solitaire in an evening, and have actually got back to doing some knitting.
Jiffy is doing better now ... it took ages for his skin infection to settle. But he is more relaxed in himself at present, which is nice to see. Sadly he does show signs of old age from time. I can't believe he is 13 1/2 ... where has that time gone?
Speaking of my holiday - I haven't yet finished sorting the photos, but here are a few from The Isle of White ...( EnjoyCollapse )
Well, I did promise photos
Hard to pick just a few to describe an amazing chunk of history that I explored on my way to The Isle Of White.
I stopped for a couple of days in the city of Portsmouth as I wanted to see the HMS Victory, and also the Mary Rose ... 2 historic ships. The other place I wanted to see was the D-Day museum (Having been to the beaches in May, I certainly wanted to see the stunning embroidery that was here.
So pleased I stopped - and here is a brief glimpse ....( A stroll through historyCollapse )
... I just had to pop in to wish you a Happy Birthday ... and to hope that you are feeling better, but also more at peace with how life has twisted for you
With love xx
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This was originally post on Dreamwidth
... and have been for a few days. Sorry
Anyway, it was a super trip with loads of walking, and loads of brilliant places to visit - I will try and get a few photos up at some point. However I am trying to be more pro-active with my crafts and finishing my holiday journals, etc, so am not on-line as much as I used to be. And, no, I don't have a posh phone where I can keep tabs on LJ (one of my moans about modern life, btw!)
Jiffy managed to get a severe allergy/skin infection/something while on his holiday - so he had the pleasure of a trip to the vets (which he loved, as ever, much to his dog-sitter's amusement). He is actually not much better, 10 days on. Today he is off to the hairdressors, and then I shall take him back to his vet on Monday.
This weekend I am yet again off to see my Aunt. She is now in a care home on respite care, and I am doing the trip with a stay overnight to save leaving Jiffy, and also the excessive driving.
So, before I take Jiffy to Jackie for his hair-cut, I must see if I can edit and sort some of the "millions" of holiday photos.
If I have missed any vital news, please let me know.
Wow, it's the last day of August, how did that happen?
I am all behind with things ... anyway, here is the meme finished. I won't be doing next months as I will be off-line for the first couple of days as I am going on holiday.
27 Would you rather have an amazingly fast typing speed or be able to read ridiculously fast?
Seeing as I now work in a office with someone who types fast that was a possibility, although I suppose I am slowly increasing spead, with practice.
However as I type this I am surrounded by books, both fiction and non, which I say I would love to read ... so, reading fast (providing I can take it in) is the winning vote.
28 What's your favourite phone app? Should I get it?
I only have a basic phone - no apps!
29 What’s the weirdest conversation you’ve overheard?
I work in a clinic situation, and sometimes as I am walking through the waiting roomI hear two people discussing their problem ... it's amazing how much human biology gets twisted around!
However I suppose the winner would have to be my grandma, who was a hypercondriac, and when dad told her that he was going to have an op on his prostate did inform him that she had better get an appt with her doc to get hers checked out (I would have loved to have heard that conversation!)
30 If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world monument or natural feature, which monument or feature would you choose?
Does Venice count?
If not, then the Christ Redeemer Statue, in South America
31 Who is your favourite Claire?
Well I only know one, and that is my sister-in-law ... and most of the time she is a good friend.
What more can I say - it was fun. I hadn't been in years, and really enjoyed it ... especially as my beloved giraffes were around, and as I also love tigers and they were close to the glass, I got to see them as well ... win, win( And, yes, the camera was very busy ... but here is just a snatch of what I did get to seeCollapse )
17 Would you rather be Kermit or Fozzie Bear?
Seeing as I am not really a fan of frogs, then Fozzy
18 What was your most devastating unrequited crush?
Oh, I have always wanted the unattainable ... a boy at school called Mark (ironically we are now friends on FB!!), and a guy at college called Alex, are 2 that spring to mind.
And, yes, for the observant, I am a day ahead. However tomorrow I am going to drive to Colchester (in Essex) and back to visit my Aunt (dad's sister), who at the age of 92 broke her hip. She had the surgery yesterday, so need to go and see her.
At least it is motorway/dual carriageway all the way ... however as part of that is the M25 (I will say no more about that, but I can hear my English friends shuddering!!).
She is not the easist of people (never has been), so hopefully the op won't have affected hger mentally. The hospital seemed happy with her this morning when I rang. But I must wait & see.
Hope your weekend is going well xx
15 What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?
I have seen a couple of different answers to this.
One person said LOVE, but as I have yet to know about that, I don't think I can give that as an answer.
The other is a HOLIDAY TRIP, well I do love those. However I do know some people who go away, and they never open their eyes or minds to what they see, so it would be a waste of time.
So, my answer is ... don't know!!
16 Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?
For me a small fish - I am not a leader, and love both my jobs now, where I am a minion.
11 In 40 years time what will people be nostalgic for?
People rely on their phones for everything now ... it's one of my pet hates!
12 If freedom is simply being able to do what you want, are animals freer than humans?
Maybe ... but there again, do they realise they have freedom in that way?
13 Would you rather be reincarnated as a fly or just cease to exist after you die?
As I don't believe in reincarnation ... sorry. And, you don't just cease to exist .. so a no-go question for me!
14 Is social media a force for good or evil?
As I said earlier too many people spend their lives on their phones and miss out on actual life.
Last Monday, I had the day off work and Christine and I went to Warwick Castle
. We did a coach trip, as it was a long drive ... but an absolutely fascinating place, with some of the earthworks dating back to 1068, and was probably the first castle that William the Conqueror ordered built.
The rooms were set up in a few sections ... one part showing the history of "Waryck, the Kingmaker", a few rooms to do with the Black Prince, a tableaux of Henry VIII and his wives, and a huge section to do with a Royal house-party that had been held here in 1898, where the future Edward VII started an affair with the owner's wife.
Overall far too many images to try to show you (although I did take "one or two" photos!!). Outside you could climb the towers (as we did) and try your hand at archery, watch jousting ... or as we did, watch a 1/4 hour re-enactment of the Wars of the Roses ... a great day out, as the official web site tells you( Anyway ... have a peep at some of what we saw - Collapse )