Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Wells-Next-the-Sea, Norfolk Part 1

This holiday seems a long time away now, last May in fact.

This cottage is on the edge of the car park in Wells-Next-the-Sea and dates back to 1750. It is a one up, one down (that's two rooms) and was renovated in 1935 as a museum piece.

Before we drove down to the beach we went into a pub for a very light lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our choice.

then down to the beach
I just love the wide expansions of beach on the Norfolk coast

The seals are an attraction and one can go further out on a boat and see dozens

Whilst standing here looking through the binoculars Alan lost one of his new hearing aids. We did not know until we got to The Beach Cafe (next post) and realised that it probably happened when he pulled the binoculars over his head.
We were devastated as the hearing aid cost a lot more than the cost of our week's holiday.
We searched along with someone from the Beach Cafe but how likely would it be to find on soft sand.

Monday, 5 March 2018

No, I Have Not Given Up on Blogging!

Not having posted since December it would look like I have given up on posting on this blog.
Not true, the reason is that I am recovering from a stroke, a TIA.

I got Alan to take this photo of me a few weeks ago.
I look normal and no-one would know.

Briefly, it happened probably early December but I did not recognise it. The symptoms were not the common ones and subsided quickly so I ignored them.
As the month went on I found a reason for my bruises, clumsiness and just missing shelves, etc. when I tried to place things.
It was Christmas when I started to have visual problems but it wasn't until (early January) that I went to my Opticians as I felt there must be something wrong with my new lenses that I received late November after my latest eye tests which showed no problems.

After again being tested I left having been told that I had lost a quarter of my vision in both eyes and the only answer my optician had was that I had suffered a stroke. He wrote letters for me and my doctor. However 2 doctor friends said I needed to go to Accident and Emergency as the problem was in my brain and not my eyes.

After many consultations and tests I had a CT scan which confirmed a stroke and I was kept in hospital for observation.
As well as the partial loss of sight I had lost my peripheral vision on the right side and also spacial awareness on my right side.
It was a complete shock.
I have also had constant hallucinations since then but they do seem to be lessening a little. 

I am still coming to terms with the fact that it has happened and finding it hard adjusting. As well as the sight the fingers on my right hand can have a mind of their own and I really have to concentrate, hence my not posting before.
Being unable to drive has hit hard.  

My husband Alan who is 86 has been amazing taking over looking after the home, etc. while I get my strength and confidence back.
I also appreciate the phone calls, cards, E-Mails and help from friends when needed.
I'm told it will take 2 years for sight to return (if then).
I know I am blessed, it could have been worse.

I have begun a post from last years Norfolk holiday but will leave it for today I have had enough typing.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Some December Musings

So thankful that the snow has cleared. Going to be dull and damp through Christmas but at least travelling will not be a problem like it is when it is snowing.
Some people wonder why everything comes to a standstill when it snows in this country - we don't have it often enough (well here in the South anyhow) for it to be viable to have lots of snow ploughs and equipment. 

I was surprised to find that I had peeled a twin banana last week
very unusual

I thought I was all ready to serve dinner to friends recently

when I realised the chicken breasts where still in the fridge!
I usually prepare them just before cooking but this time prepared them earlier and put them in the fridge
I hate to keep guests waiting but that's how it turned out! 

Such different December sunsets on two consecutive evenings. 

Had to share this! My daughter walked 62 plus miles over 2 days this Autumn along one of England's 
Ridgeways. A Ridgeway being an ancient trackway described as one of Britain's oldest roads. The term originated in Anglo-Saxon times 410 to 1066 and they run along high ridges of hills.
It was well organised. The group stayed and ate together in a hotel the night before and camped over the middle night.
Seen here with our grand children Oliver and Rebekah at the finish.
Well done Jane  

A few Saturday's ago my neighbour held a charity cake sale.
All of these cakes were made by her Sister-in-law and they were delicious.
Yes I bought enough to freeze as well as eat that weekend!
Well I am sure I have gone on long enough so I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a Blessed year to come. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Married 58 years Today, 19th December!

Lustleigh in Devon where we spent our Honeymoon
A somewhat faded pen drawing of the village but I love it and have it framed above my desk

Thank you Alan for being such a good husband through all those years. May there be many more!

Monday, 18 December 2017

I Think it is Christmas! At home and at Church.

The Robins came home to roost

I love the reflections

Christmas Celebration at Church
A time of worship, lots to eat and then carols with our community

Some of the children made the hangings on the left

Aren't I brave! 

There are lots of children but I don't know where they were when I was taking these photos!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Almost 50 Years since I got to See or Talk to my Brother

What fun this was - an hour talking to my youngest brother (he is 13 years younger than me) Stephen in Melbourne, Australia. 
It was strange as hard to recognise even a brother after almost 50 years.
Emotional too, as when Stephen was 11 years old we brought him down to London, from Liverpool (my childhood city) for a while because our Mother was recovering from surgery, our Father had memory loss and was found wandering in Manchester quite some miles away and our Grandmother had broken her leg.
We were living among a Jewish community in North West London in a bed sitting room at the time and our Jewish friends were so kind to us. They took Stephen into their Jewish school and were very generous towards him.
I was the Akela of their Cub Pack at the time.

Stephen photographed by my nephew as we connect on
 Face time. Apparently it was 45degrees there.

Stephen here as an 8 year old at my wedding, along with my 2 other younger brothers. Kenneth on the left also went to live in Australia and I did not see him either and he died 28 years ago.
I'm in touch with 1 of his sons through Facebook.
Kenneth on the left and Geoffrey on the right (who lives in this country) both developed Muscular Dystrophy.
The connection with Stephen a couple of weeks ago was arranged by my nephew, his eldest son, who I have recently connected  with through Facebook. 
My found that my brother Stephen had 3 sons and a daughter so that is 3 nephews and a niece for me.
From that family alone I have 5 great nieces and 6 great nephews. 
(To the right of the photo is our Mother)
I certainly have a much larger family in Australia than over here!  

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Gooderstone Water Gardens, Norfolk

A very enchanting Water Garden
I have to say that we did not do it justice in taking in the whole garden. We were on our way home and had already spent most of the day at Oxburgh Hall which I will post on later. However what we did see was worth the visit.
13 bridges, natural trout stream, 4 ponds, nature trail, bird hide, otter pond, Kingfisher Hide, Monet Pond and more.

Billy Knights, a retired farmer began designing and creating the Water Gardens in 1970 in his 70th year. The site was a damp meadow which became too wet for cattle to graze. His son jokingly suggested a water garden which prompted him to draw out plans on a piece of wallpaper and it now gives enjoyment to many today.

Cafe and tearoom

Maybe we will get back sometime