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Hello stranger!

March 12th, 2015 2 comments

Hello there!

I don’t know why, possibly spring in the air but I decided to visit this blog for the first time since I got ill, just after my last blog post in October 2013. To cut a long story short, I started to go numb and fell over a few times. I spent some time in hospital, had lots of tests and ever since have been seeing all sorts of consultants. We still don’t know what’s wrong except that my thyroid was lazy. I didn’t want to write about it as, let’s face it, it’s all rather boring. I’ve not written here for that reason. I didn’t want to go on about it but it’s been a big part of my life so it seemed odd to write here without mentioning it. It slowly got worse over a period of about a year. It felt like I was sinking into quicksand, but it seems to have got as bad as it’s going to get or at least is controlled by pills now. My feet, legs and left hand are still numb but I don’t feel particularly ill. We’ve ruled out lots of stuff. Bad brain things, spine and back things, MS, Lyme disease and I think Multiple Myeloma (I’m sure I don’t have that as I’d have been dead by now if I had it I think). Next up is a bone marrow biopsy and I’m awaiting the results of more blood tests and a full body x ray. I’m quite immobile these days and have to use a crutch if I go out of the house but I’ve got much better at coping with ‘my condition’. It occurred to me today that coming clean and mentioning it here may actually help me to come to terms with it. Anyway, enough of that. Now I’ve said it, lets move on…


At it again…

January 27th, 2012 5 comments

Paper-cutting that is. I really enjoyed this one. I love to get to grips with my scalpel.  I’ve made a header for my friend The Glutton’s blog. To celebrate, she is giving away one of my Aw Go On… posters. All you need to do is leave a comment on the blog. Today is the last day for entries.


Happy New Year

January 8th, 2012 No comments

Hello and Happy 2012! Hope you had a wonderful festive season, whatever you were celebrating.

We went the whole hog when decorating this year as we had our lovely niece and nephew here with us and their mother, Al’s sister Samantha of course. The place looks so bare without the twinkly lights and decorations now we’ve taken them down.

So that I can remember where everything goes to get the same effect next year, I’ve taken some photos of our sitting room. You can click to enlarge:


T’was the night before Christmas…

December 28th, 2011 No comments

It’s been a different kind of Christmas this year. Normally it’s just Al and I and my parents. This year we have Al’s sister Samantha and her two children, our nephew and niece, Tyler and Marci here. We were nervous about having children around but it was wonderful to have them here. They made our Christmas really special. There were a lot more presents under the tree this year and Santa and his reindeer got a warmer welcome than normal.

Here they are full of sweets and gingerbread:

Here they are on Christmas day, utterly exhausted after all of the excitement:


There’s something in the soil!

October 21st, 2011 3 comments

My mother the carrot she grew. She is the very proud winner of a first prize rosette at the Achill Sheep Show last weekend.


End of Summer

September 20th, 2011 1 comment

The Amsterdam girls are heading home soon. That means it’s the end of the Summer. Trudi will be bereft without them. So will I. It’s been wonderful having them here. They were so kind to house-sit for us too.



September 9th, 2011 No comments

We’re in France. Our lovely friends Harry & Kate are letting us use their house in Pons for 2 weeks. We’ve brought my parents with us. Today is their 50th wedding anniversary. 50 years! That’s really something isn’t it? Meanwhile the Amsterdam girls are living in our house, looking after (spoiling) Trudi and the hens. Al’s been blogging about our trip here.

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Happy Birthday Al

July 15th, 2011 No comments

Every year I ask Al what he would like for his special birthday dinner and every year he says, steak pie! He has simple tastes (just as well).


Profoundly Superficial!

September 15th, 2010 1 comment

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Our wonderful friend and fantastic photographer Profoundly Superficial has a new web site. Al did all the hard techie work and I did the design/logo. The wonderful photographs are all down to the extremely talented Profoundly Superficial though. She’s not just a photographer either, she’s a traveler, translator, cat lover, filmmaker, Polranny Pirate and all round glamour-puss!
Her blog can be found here.


Valerie May Steger-Lewis RIP. 14/2/1938 – 14/10/2009

November 2nd, 2009 5 comments


Al’s wonderful mother has died. I couldn’t have wished for a better mother-in-law. Click here to read the eulogy written by Al.

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